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About The Role

Sessional Play Worker

Employer - Kids

Location – Hull

Salary – £11.68 per hour inclusive of holiday pay

Hours – 2 – 4 hours per week as and when required. Flexible hours for school holidays, term time evening/weekend activities. Possible further ongoing hours throughout the summer holidays

Are you looking for fun, flexible work that fits around your life? Do you want to work for an inspiring charity making a real difference to the lives of disabled children and young people?

As a Play Worker, you will be working directly with disabled children, or young people and their families, to support them with their needs. This is an opportunity to develop your skills in a rewarding role, and gain a strong sense of achievement. Read further to find out about whether this role is right for you. For more information about KIDS please visit www.kids.org.uk and if you like what you see then apply today. 

The Good stuff/Benefits:

  • Flexible start and end times to provide an ideal balance between work life and private life
  • Further opportunities
  • Employee benefits portal, including discounts at 100s online high street stores
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Help’s to deal with personal and professional problems that could be affecting your home life or work life, health and general wellbeing. The confidential employee benefit provides expert advice and compassionate guidance 24/7
  • Training provided by Flick: Provides a huge range of up to date and professional courses for all staff members
  • Referral scheme

What you will be doing as a Play Worker:

  • Playworkers will be expected to support children and families in structured and free play activities enabling all to participate in a safe yet stimulating and challenging environment.
  • To ensure the social, emotional, communication and physical needs of each young person are met in a manner that is sensitive to the religious, cultural, linguistic and ethnic origins of the individual.
  • To support and empower young people to engage in activities of their choice.
  • To prepare written and verbal reports, for example key worker reports or observations, as required, for the Playworker in Charge/ Play and Leisure Coordinator.
  • To ensure all necessary paper work is completed, such as registers and medical sign off sheets.
  • To provide appropriate and sensitive physical and personal care of children and young people with a range of disabilities including: Feeding, Mobility, Personal Care, Dressing etc. in line with KIDS intimate care policy.
  • To use all their skills to communicate effectively with all children, minimising any difficulties arising from the young people’s individual communication skills.
  • To supervise children and young people with disabilities within the play environment
  • To maintain the play environment as a safe and stimulating place to enjoy activities

About You

Personal Qualities:
  • Ability to work in partnership with parents/carers.
  • The ability to listen, reflect and communicate appropriately and effectively with service users and colleagues.
  • Ability to work effectively within a team.
  • Ability to be pro-active and use own initiative.
  • Fun and open minded attitude to play.
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity and diversity in practice and ability to apply this to practice.
  • To work in a non-judgemental, patient and sensitive manner
  • Good sense of humour
  • Creative and enthusiastic
  • Interest in an active healthy lifestyle e.g. sports, gardening, cooking.
  • Knowledge of the local area
  • Own transport

Due to the nature and responsibility of this post applicants must be minimum age of 18 and have experience of working with children who have special educational needs and difficulties.

Our Mission & Strategy

We’re here for children and young people with special education needs and disabilities, young carers and families. We’re on a mission to create a world where all kinds of children and young people have all kinds of opportunities. We create life-changing opportunities by providing a wide range of support. Together, we’ll empower disabled children to stand up for their rights.

Childhood should be a joyful time. But some children and young people living with special educational needs and disabilities are defined by what they cannot do.  That’s wrong.

Every child should have an equal opportunity to play, learn, grow and thrive.

Because when the world says we can’t, kids say we can.

Our strategic plan will enable us to reach 120,000 disabled young people and their families, every year, by 2027. 

We welcome applications from disabled people or people with lived experience of disability. We demonstrate our willingness to make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled candidates/colleagues to access and participate in the recruitment process (for example we make our adverts accessible, and where required/requested, will make application forms available in alternative formats, i.e. large print).  Kids encourages applications from disabled people by offering any disabled person who meets the person specification an interview.

If required, support is provided to applicants to complete an application form. Our in-house Careers team will discuss what support we can provide.  

KIDS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all those who come into contact with our services. Our colleagues are trained to recognise and respond to safeguarding concerns. We work closely with families and other agencies to take all reasonable steps to minimise the risk of harm to children, young people and adults. 

To fulfil our commitment to those we work with we observe safer recruitment and selection procedures and nurture a safeguarding culture which is open and transparent, where all concerns in relation to our people can be identified and spoken about openly and are dealt with promptly and appropriately. By identifying concerning, problematic or inappropriate behaviour early we aim to minimise the risk of abuse.

Please note KIDS Safer Recruitment procedures will include a DBS check and a Colleague Suitability Declaration where applicable. Within the DBS check there are two Barred Lists. The Children’s Barred List and the Adults’ Barred List. If you are added to a Barred List then it is against the law to work, apply for work or volunteer in Regulated Activity with children and/or adults. Therefore, we ask you not to progress with your application. 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We work to ensure that all of the Kids team:

  • are committed to equality of opportunity, treatment and behaviour
  • have equal access to employment, promotion and development
  • have equal access to services
  • have their needs considered as we develop services

This means that equality and human rights are:

  • embedded in our business planning
  • fully considered within our structures
  • part of the personal development of all staff