Safeguarding children and young people means protecting them from any abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
We want all foster children and young people to grow up as part of a loving family.
It is, therefore, the Progress foster team’s responsibility to give children and young people (and their carers) access to the support they need to create a safe environment.
Here are ten different ways the team achieves this.
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- Ensuring children and young people are given online security (such as up-to-date antivirus software and parental controls)
- Providing children and young people with training on how to keep safe online
- Educating children and young people about the risks involved inside and outside the home
- Ensuring children and young people have the contact details of external professionals, through the Progress Young Peoples’ Handbook
- Working closely with the relevant agencies to record and report any issues or signs of abuse
- Working with our foster carers through regular risk assessments, monitoring and reporting about those in their care
- If children and young people receive transport to school, we work with our foster carers to ensure that they are escorted safely
- Providing foster carers with training to understand childhood trauma and how to create a safe environment in their home
- Empowering girls to talk about their feelings, hopes and dreams via the Progress girls’ group
- Providing one-to-one support with a personal family support worker, so children and young people can build relationships with their carers
Sybil is an experienced Team Leader at Progress. Having worked closely with staff at Portland house she is well placed to tell us what is needed in becoming a support worker.
A Progress support worker gives children and young adults (with complex disabilities) practical and emotional support to live happy and fulfilling lives. The job is challenging but also one of the most rewarding things you can do.
As a team leader, I am often involved in the interview process of hiring new support workers. While specific qualifications are needed to work at Progress, I look for people who have the character to cope with the unique needs of the people we support.
To help you get a role at Progress, here are few tips on the type of person who would make a great Progress support worker.
Empathy: When you put yourself in the shoes of those in your care you will have a greater appreciation of the support they need. Always be understanding and sensitive to the needs of other people.
Respect: We all work together to help those in our care. From sharing ideas to encouraging each other, treat your colleagues as you wish to be treated.
Patience: In stressful situations, remain calm and patient. Anger and irritability will affect how you do your job and more importantly impact negatively on the person in your care.
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