Senior Playworker x2 – Internal applications only

DEADLINE LINE: Tuesday 28th Sept 2021, INTERVIEW: Wednesday 29th Sept 2021

Main Purposes job:

1. Overall

  1. Help provide a high quality, inclusive, play service across Oasis projects for disabled children and young people under the direction of the Community Play Project Manager
  2. Assist the Community Play Project Manager to ensure that children are effectively supported and that the service is safely run and that all appropriate risk assessments and policies are complied with.
  3. Promote inclusion and disability awareness across the organisation.

2. External

  1. Represent Oasis to the public, external stakeholders and interested parties as required.

3. Development

  1. Keep up to date with and implement new legislation and ‘best practice’ recommendations.

4. Facilities

  1. Support the maintenance of the site and facilities.
  2. Take part in regular health and safety checks of the Oasis sites (site checks) and report any issues back to the leadership team
  3. Take part in some site maintenance and site development tasks as and when necessary.
  4. Help with general cleaning and organising pack down/clean up at the end of sessions.

5. Staff

  1. Supervise and carryout observations of the Play workers during sessions when necessary and in collaboration with the Community Play Project Manager.
  2. Assist with the administration of the Staff database and recording of hours worked by the Playwork team.

6. Users

  1. Liaise with users, parents and carers and others over the user’s needs, aspirations and wellbeing.
  2. Regularly report back to the Community Play Project manager on any needs or development of users.
  3. Assist the Community Play Project Manager and the Short Breaks Manager with the assessment of new users.
  4. Support with the recording and tracking of user’s progress in key areas on the Oasisplay monitoring systems.
  5. Assist the Community Play Project Manager to develop session plans and activity plans.
  6. Support the Community Play Project manager to develop new project ideas for supported volunteers.

7. Administration

  1. Follow correct procedures and protocols for recording service user attendance and progress
  2. Assist with developing efficient administrative protocols for the project

PERSON SPECIFICATION:

  1. Significant experience of playwork and of working with disabled children, together with a thorough understanding of children’s differing needs and abilities. (ESSENTIAL)
  • Significant experience of managing challenging behaviour and an understanding of the needs of children who exhibit challenging behaviour (ESSENTIAL)
  • Willingness and ability to lead play sessions – Skills to intervene in and deescalate situations involving challenging behaviour (ESSENTIAL)
  • Experience leading a dynamic staff team (ESSENTIAL)
  • Problem solving and planning skills (ESSENTIAL)
  • Good presentation and communication skills; both written and verbal with all key stakeholders (Children, parents and external bodies) (ESSENTIAL)
  • Willingness to work unsocial hours when the need arises (ESSENTIAL)
  • A commitment to inclusive play, and to the continuing needs to address social inequalities. (ESSENTIAL)
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills (ESSENTIAL)
  1. Willingness to take part in general site maintenance and playground development. (ESSENTIAL)

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