Carers and support workers for children and young people

Do you have a passion for working with children?

Want to feel like you make a difference every day that you go to work?

Are you fun, caring and kind?

Sounds like you have all the qualities you need to be a support worker for children and young people!

We're dedicated to improving the lives of our children and young people in Hertfordshire and to deliver the best quality of life by providing high-quality targeted services.

We work with a variety of care agencies who deliver domiciliary personal care and community enablement (known as homecare) to children and young people aged 0-19 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). All care agencies working with Hertfordshire are required to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

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Types of work

There are two different types of homecare support: domiciliary personal care and community enablement.

Domiciliary personal care services

This work involves providing care in the home to a young person where families require additional help. You'll be helping with personal care such as bathing, showering, toileting, changing, feeding and also support with challenging behaviour, health interventions and administration of medication. This may include night and waking night support. Full training would be given.

Community enabling

Community enabling involves supporting the child or young person to go out and take part in activities in the local community such as leisure, sports, clubs, interest groups, individual activities and local play facilities.


About you

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.



All carers are offered a wide variety of training opportunities to enable them to carry out their role. This training includes, but is not limited to, safeguarding, autism awareness, moving and handling and challenging behaviour support. Training can also be bespoke depending on the needs of the individual being supported.

There are some free training opportunities here which you may find useful as an introduction into care and support work with children and young people:

Fully funded RQF Level 2 Certificates - 8-12 Weeks study

To apply contact: James at ELA FrontLine
Tel: 01246 553000  


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