Provide twenty-four (24) hour care and supervision of children.
Provide basic physical needs and emotional security for children in care.
Provide child care services for each assigned child.
Be aware of and accountable for each child’s ongoing activity.
Provide the level of supervision necessary to ensure each child’s safety and well-being, including auditory and/or visual awareness of each child’s ongoing activity as appropriate.
Be able to intervene when necessary to ensure each child’s safety.
Be aware of the children’s habits, interests and any special needs.
Provide a safe environment.
Cultivate developmentally appropriate independence in children through planned but flexible program activities.
Positively reinforce children’s efforts and accomplishments.
Ensuring continuity of care for children by sharing with incoming caregivers or relief caregivers information about each child’s activities during the previous shift and any verbal or written information or instructions given by the managing conservator or other professionals.
For children receiving treatment, must maintain daily progress notes that are signed and dated.
If a child is allowed overnight visits with staff (in accordance with appropriate policies and procedures), the child must be properly fed, lodged and supervised and his/her health, safety and well-being protected. The person responsible for the child must be given information about obtaining emergency medical care.
Assist the children in formulating goals and objectives that would improve their behavior and implement the behavioral program outlined.
Fully implement individualized service and/or treatment plan goals and objectives for children in care.
Observe and chart the children’s behavior and progress of goals on a daily basis through well documented plus sheets, progress notes, and incident reports for timely submission to the case manager.
Assist children in learning basic skills of daily living such as meal preparation, clothing care, household responsibilities, etc.
Organize and supervise daily cottage activities.
Become knowledgeable of and committed to the implementation of licensing and level of care standards, as well as Children’s Home policies.
Provide structure and implement age appropriate rules, privileges, and consequences on an individual basis for each child.
Provide or arrange transportation to and from various appointments for the children in care such as medical, dental, therapy, and family visits.
Encourage children in care to comply with Children’s Home policies and the student manual.
Prepare nutritional meals according to approved meal plans.
Provide appropriate documentation of meal planning and preparation.
Assess clothing and hygiene needs of children in care and work with the unit team (unit director and case manager) to meet these needs.
Work with the children’s teachers in formulating ways to enhance their educational experiences and assist children in meeting academic goals and objectives.
Work with the treatment team to identify and secure services from other professionals as needed: (physicians, dentists, orthodontists, therapists, optometrists, CPS, JPD, etc.)
Ensure children receive all routine examinations and immunizations in accordance with licensing and level of care standards.
Retain and dispense medication according to physician’s instructions for prescription medication and medication label for non-prescription medications and ensure appropriate documentation.
Provide medical assistance in accordance with training standards established by the American Red Cross.
Ensure that cottage, yard, and van are maintained in a clean and orderly manner at all times.
Model high personal and professional treatment standards by communicating openly with staff and exercising mature judgment.
Demonstrate a commitment to:
• Empowering others to solve their own problems.
• The value of a nurturing family as the ideal environment for a person.
• The capacity of people to grow and change.
• Establishing a respectful relationship with persons served to help them gain skills and confidence.
• Working collaboratively with other personnel and/or service providers or professionals.
• Maintaining a helping role and to intervene appropriately to meet service goals.
• Setting appropriate limits.
Demonstrate cultural sensitivity to clients of any ethnic, race, or socio-economic group.
Demonstrate competency, prudent judgment and self-control in the presence of children and when performing assigned responsibilities.
Report suspected abuse, neglect and exploitation to the Child Abuse Hotline and to the designated employee or administrator.
Know and comply with applicable licensing rules and any other applicable laws.
Maintain high moral standards including not discussing private information about one’s personal life, with the children.
Attend meetings as scheduled by unit director or case manager.
Attend school meetings, administrative case reviews, court hearings, etc., as they pertain to children in care.
Remain current in CPR, First Aid, Crisis Management of Aggressive Behavior (CMAB), and psychotropic medication training.
Attend all training unless excused by the unit director.
Attend mandatory Continual Quality Improvement (CQI) training and be a part of the CQI team process.
Assist in training new and/or interviewing prospective child care workers.
Address problems with team members in a manner which is consistent with the program philosophy.
Provide services and perform other duties as assigned by the unit director.
Support full-time live-in staff rules and regulations.