The Homestead: Child & Youth Care Worker

Position Advertised: Child & Youth Care Worker (Khayelitsha CYCC)

Closing Date: 8 August 2023
Expected Start Date: 28 August 2023
Remuneration: R5 750 (plus provident fund following completion of probation)

The Homestead Projects for Street Children, successfully transitions neglected and traumatised children away from the street, back home or onto successful independent living through a holistic set of prevention, outreach, stabilisation, residential care and family reunification and youth transition programmes. 

The Homestead seeks to appoint 4 qualified Child & Youth Care Workers at our Child & Youth Care Centre (CYCC) in Khayelitsha. The Bridge CYCC is a residential home where 65 children are rehabilitated and steered towards future security and opportunity. We provide vulnerable children and youth with access to a safe consistent space and family preservation, re-entry into school, school homework support, crises intervention, healthy nutrition, life-skills development, psycho-social counselling and therapeutic support, recreation and sports activities.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Ensure planned activities/programmes are: developmental, recreational, age appropriate, needs based to comply with Regulations 75 of the Children’s Act
  • Development Programming and Reporting – Compile a monthly plan for implementation of programmes for the boys within your team, incorporating all your shifts including weekends and submit to the Manager and Supervisor
  • Ensure that the boys daily scheduled routines are adhered to
  • Ensure each child receives a plate of nutritious food timeously
  • Take responsibility for obtaining and administering all prescribed medication as per the prescription of each child
  • Conduct planned home visits for each child within your team, home visits must be linked to the child’s IDP
  • Submit a written report on each home visit to the Social Worker within 4 days
  • Discipline of boys is handled sensitively and appropriately as required by the Homestead policies and relevant Children’s Act
  • Identify and manage each child’s emotional needs holistically and sensitively e.g.: Attachment issues, ADHD
  • Housekeeping – Responsible for the unit keys when on duty
  • Record any incidents in the incident report book, incidents must be recorded immediately, or prior to end of shift and must be true and accurate. Review incidents with CYCW supervisor
  • To continually attend training courses in order to ensure ongoing skills development
  • Ensure rules are followed and consequences implemented consistently
  • Run and facilitate rewards program

Minimum Requirements

  • Proficient in isiXhosa, Afrikaans and English
  • Registered Aux CYCW or CYCW (valid proof of up to date SACSSP registration) 
  • Experience in the child care field
  • Good people skills and communication
  • Understanding of the respective Acts, Policies and procedures and legislation – committed and follow through
  • Displaying warmth, empathy, affection, non-judgemental, understanding attitude
  • Willingness to complete a pre-employment Polygraph examination as well as to undergo in-depth reference and character checks.
  • Confirm that your name does not appear on the Child Protection register and there is no reason why you cannot work with children.
  • Emotional intelligence, insight into behaviour management, good organizing and administrative skills
  • Basic computer skills or willingness to attend courses to learn
  • Drivers License preferred 

To apply, please submit a motivation letter, CV with two recent and contactable references, and qualifications to: careers@thehomestead.org.za or submit a copy to The Bridge CYCC (4 Dyani Cresent, D Section, Khayelitsha)

For more about Homestead Projects for Street Children, refer to www.homestead.org.za