Care and support workers need to be motivated, hands on and dedicated. The children ask that you are reliable, friendly and fun.
The work is very rewarding with the focus on making a difference to our young person’s lives. You'll need to have an enthusiastic approach preparing our young people towards leading independent lives, enabling them to develop the necessary life skills to succeed.
Experience in a relevant field is a bonus, you do not need any formal qualifications, but ideally you need to be friendly with a professional approach and have the flexibility to deal with different situations. You'll also need to be passionate about encouraging and developing young people to reach their full potential.
Care and support work with children and young people can be full or part time and can be flexible in terms of hours as these are based on the needs of the individual receiving support. Carers often fit working in around their own family, studying or other commitments. In most cases, carers will need to be able to drive and have access to their own transport.
If you have ambitions to work with children or within the care sector then support work is an ideal place to start. You will gain relevant ‘hands-on’ experience which can lead on to a wide variety of roles such as a residential care worker, healthcare assistant or care work manager. Care work can also provide valuable experience if you’re working towards a degree in nursing, social work or occupational therapy.