Per Diem Youth Counselor - COED, Secure Detention

6 months ago
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Youth Worker


The Direct Care Worker professional responsible for a wide variety of youth care activities in a Secure Detention Facility. The worker performs various support tasks as part of the youth’s daily care. This staff will have frequent contact with the youth, members of the staff, families of residents, law enforcement and Juvenile Justice. 



The Direct Care Worker will perform numerous childcare activities within the scope of a secure detention facility. On a daily basis the Direct Care Worker will:
I.                   Maintain a security mentality in the conduct of daily task/duties.
·                   Primary responsibility may include transporting persons supported using the facility vehicles to scheduled court appearances, clinics, facility placements in a safe and secure manner.
·                   Strictly adhere to all safety precautions for operating a vehicle.
·                   Maintain post logs and reports.
·                   Maintain a clean/safe/secure vehicle documenting same.
·                   Maintain communication with the Shift Supervisor as directed.
·                   Conduct effective security checks.
·                   Report anything that appears to be a breach or breakdown in security.
II.                Carryout various assigned childcare task/duties.
·                   Direct and assist when necessary residents in preparation for daily activities.
·                   Supervise, counsel and direct residents according to Woodfield Program policy and procedures:
1.      Supervise resident chores.
2.      Maintain Eyes on Protocols for all resident movement.
3.      Monitor residents in the classroom and recreation areas.  
·                   Perform task/duties pursuant to facility policy and procedure.
·                   Prepare log entries and reports in a clear, concise comprehensible and timely manner.
·                   Maintain a professional image, and relationship of confidence and trust among staff and residents.
F.    Observe the daily interaction of the residents among their peers.
           G.    Perform meal reliefs and other duties as directed by shift supervisor.
1.      Monitor the tone of the resident’s conversation.
2.      Prevent any acts of physical aggression by residents toward staff or residents.
3.      Maintain a level of readiness and preparation to physically restrain out of control residents.
4.      Willingly share program related information with staff. 


  •  Working knowledge of New York State guidelines for Secure Detention centers. Must be knowledgeable to L&W Core Values.
  • Familiarization or a working knowledge of Juvenile Justice issues and basic rights of persons supported.
  • Some basic knowledge of the special characteristics of the residents and dynamics, which shape the behavior. 
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License from either New York State, New Jersey or Connecticut.
  • Whatever other duties as assigned by shift supervisor.


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