Family Support Worker

REPORTING TO: Family Support Facilitator

STAFF SUPERVISED: None

MISSION STATEMENT: The Parkland Community Living and Supports Society exists to improve the quality of life of the disabled through individual choice, dignity and rights.

  1. PURPOSE OF POSITION:
    Under the general direction of the Family Support Facilitator, the Family Support Worker: provides in-home assistance for families with children with special needs; participates in the development of in-home intervention strategies; participates in the development of Annual Service Plans; assists the child in developing more independence, self-help and personal living skills; participates in the preparation of reports and other documents; participates as a Children�s Services team member.
  2. TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
    Under the general direction of the Family Support Facilitator, the incumbent in this position will be required to:
    1. Provide in-home assistance for families with children with special needs by:
      • establishing rapport with the child and the parents/guardians
      • participating in the identification of the child�s needs, strengths, and areas for growth and development
      • providing the family with information, training and skill development
      • providing the family with in-home parental relief, extraordinary day care, homemaker services etc
      • assisting the parents in involving the child in community activities
      • being available to the parents for guidance, support, and assistance
      • monitoring the progress of the child in relation to the Annual Service Plan
      • monitoring the child in all areas of health and wellness
      • providing the child and family with supports during times of crisis
    2. Participate in the development of Annual Service Plans by:
      • promoting a positive relationship with the child and the child�s family and/or guardian
      • gathering information on past history, family dynamics, the child�s likes/dislikes, strengths, etc.
      • orienting the parents to the components of the ASP
      • ensuring child�s personal choices and wishes are identified and respected
      • clarifying/redefining responsibilities, roles, and expectations of the parents and of the child
      • monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the ASP and suggesting modification as required
    3. Assist the child in developing more independence, self-help and living skills by:
      • participating in the identification of each child�s needs in the area of personal growth and development
      • participating in the development and implementation of goals for each child
      • supporting the child and family in becoming more aware of and involved in the community
      • working with the parents in the child�s development of socialization, safety and community
      • providing constant supervision of the child
      • monitoring the child�s progress in life style development according to Annual Service Plan goals and needs
    4. Participate in the preparation of reports and other documents by:
      • planning weekly activities and skill development ideas
      • complete daily activity records and monthly reports
      • monitoring the completion and accuracy of these reports
      • maintaining a child binder in the home, ensuring it is up to date and current
    5. Participates as a Children�s Services team member by:
      • attending all team meetings
      • role modelling and promoting a positive environment for the child as per the program objectives
      • demonstrating flexibility in job responsibilities when it is in the best interest of the child and/or parent/guardian
      • fully participating, with a positive attitude, in the child�s activities by coming prepared in the manner required for community, social and/or other activities
      • adhering on a continuous basis to the Code of Ethics and the Oath of Confidentiality
  3. JOB SPECIFICATIONS:
    To be effective in the performance of the position described above, an individual would require the following:

    KNOWLEDGE:
    • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the values of citizenship, choice, support, and equality of opportunity, as defined and adhered to by the Parkland Community Living and Support Society
    • Detailed knowledge of the material in the Universal Precautions Handout
    • Working knowledge of First Aid and CPR
    • Working knowledge of behaviour modification as practised by Parkland C.L.A.S.S.
    • Working knowledge of crisis prevention and intervention
    • General knowledge of the community amenities and social activities
    • Knowledge of children
    SKILLS:
    • Demonstrated ability to work with parents and consumers of Parkland C.L.A.S.S.
    • Demonstrated ability to maintain professionalism in a family home, including the ability to identify and respect professional boundaries
    • Good verbal and written communication skills
    • Good housekeeping and home safety skills
    • High degree of skill in motivation and interpersonal relationships
    • Skill in defusing tense and sometimes dangerous situations
    • Skill in providing a climate where parents and/or children will be motivated to take appropriate action
    • Patience and skill in implementing training programs
    • Planning and organizing weekly schedules
    EDUCATION:
    To adequately perform the duties of this position the incumbent will have completed Grade 12. Additional course work that has some relevance to the goals and objectives of Parkland C.L.A.S.S. is desirable. Post secondary education in a related field is preferred.

    EXPERIENCE:
    The skills and knowledge listed above will likely have been gained through a minimum of one (1) year of experience in a related filed of endeavour.

    Note: Some equivalency of experience and/or education may be accepted.

    SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
    • Excellent physical condition as confirmed by a medical examination
    • Clean criminal record or one that is acceptable to the Executive Director
    • Clean Child Welfare Check (CWIS) or one that is acceptable to the Executive Director
    • Valid Class 5 Driver�s Licence and Vehicle may be required for some positions
    • Valid Standard First Aid Certificate
    • Valid CPR Certificate
    • Valid PART Certificate
    • Additional training may be required