Job Description of a Residential Support Worker

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Residential support workers are social workers who work in a facility where children are placed, in order to assist them in understanding the importance of a home-based support system when they often have had an unstable home life. This job falls under the umbrella of the social worker job category. Social workers can expect to see a 16 per cent growth of job prospects through 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most residential social workers earn around £22,100 a year as of 2009.

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Job Description

Residential support workers work with children in a live-in facility, sometimes staying overnight, to provide care and emotional assistance in lieu of the child's family. Workers often act as a liaison between the child and relatives.

Education and Training

Most residential support workers need to obtain a bachelor's in social work; however, it is helpful to have experience or training in child psychology or a master's degree in social work.


Residential support workers must have excellent communication skills, have the ability to perform under pressure and have an ease around clients.


Main duties include creating a support system for children, communicating with other staff members, possibly spending nights at the clinic and preparing reports as needed.

Working Conditions

Residential support workers will spend most of their time in the clinic interacting with children and part of their time in an office communicating with the supervisors and counsellors.

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