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The role of a residential support worker

The role of a residential support worker

Even though being a residential support worker is a very challenging job it comes with significant rewards.  Here you have the ability to shape a young person's life.

Residential support workers work on a 24/7 shift basis in a combination of earlies, lates or sleep-ins and therefore it is essential that this role is compatible with your home life. 

Ideally, you should have experience of working with children and families.  You could work in a variety of places from residential care, leaving care, community placements and family support.  You should be able to provide support in a holistic manner by assisting, enabling, maintaining and looking after the general wellbeing of vulnerable young people.

You need to be able to think on your feet, communicate well with young people, and create opportunities to engage with them, such as cooking together, fishing or developing their interest in gardening, for example.

You need to promote young people's independence while supporting and guiding them through their time in care. 

You need the ability to relate to young people with empathy and work with a child-centred approach, together with an appreciation and commitment to the child's development.  We aim to help children to become healthy, safe, achieving, active, responsible and included in our society.

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"I particularly enjoy key working. Here you can form a relationship with the young person by getting to know their needs and maybe providing some help for them and their future. This can be very rewarding."

Marcello - Residential Child Care Officer Watch my video » The role of a residential support worker