Night Care Officer (Swanwick Lodge)

Southampton, Hampshire
£20,245 - £22,785 pro rata, per annum (plus enhancements including Sleep-ins and Sunday working)
11 Jan 2019
11 Feb 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Night Care Officer (Swanwick Lodge) HCC7759

Salary range: £17,224 - £18,794 pro rata, per annum (plus enhancements including Sleep-ins and Sunday working)

Work location: Swanwick Lodge, Southampton, commutable from Winchester, Eastleigh, Portsmouth

Hours per week: 13.25

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: 18 January 2019

Contact details for an informal discussion: Call our Swanwick Lodge team on 01489 581913


Are you passionate about helping Hampshire’s most vulnerable young people?

We are looking for dedicated and compassionate staff to join our workforce at Swanwick Lodge, a secure children’s home in the heart of Hampshire. Swanwick Lodge accommodates up to 16 young people aged 11-17 who have been placed in a secure residential setting for their own safety and wellbeing. We provide full care, education and healthcare for young people in line with the ‘secure stairs’ model of care.

You will work as part of a diverse team, and your focus will be to monitor and provide care during the night for young people, many of whom with complex care needs, to ensure their health, safety and wellbeing.

No formal qualifications are required; you will be provided with the necessary training and support required for the role, as well as opportunities to develop both personal and professional skills.

You can either apply using the application form below or simply by sending us your CV BELOW. Please do not hesitate to call 01489 581913 for an informal chat about the role prior to applying. 

Please note there are two different shift patterns available, please state your preference on your application form;

  1. Every Friday night, plus one Saturday night in four.
  2. Hours spread across the rota on a 4-week basis.


What does a typical day look like?

As a Night Care Officer at Swanwick Lodge, your main responsibilities will include:

  • Managing risk of self-harm, absconding and general vulnerability by ensuring regular checks are carried out on each young person during the night. 
  • Ensuring that the general safety and wellbeing of the young people and the building is continuously monitored and maintained.
  • Managing reception at the start and finish of the day shift.
  • Maintaining a record of monitoring, incidents and intervention in respect of the young people and advising senior staff of pertinent issues and observations.
  • Working with colleagues to assess individual night care needs for all residents.
  • Following comprehensive risk assessment by the Duty Officer, handing over children to accredited escorts for court proceedings.
  • Maintaining a point of contact for telephone calls, other enquiries or callers.
  • In the case of a request for admission, assess whether the Duty Officer needs to be called.
  • Establishing and sustaining positive, professional relationships with residents and their families.
  • Actively promoting and ensuring high standards of physical care, hygiene and safety for all residents.
  • Assisting the unit and young people to maintain high standards of cleanliness in all areas.
  • Provide key primary care tasks for the residents including cooking and laundry.
  • Take responsibility for own health and safety and that of others, reporting and responding to any child protection concerns in line with Departmental Procedures.
  • Develop knowledge of relevant legislation and client group strategies.


What do you need from me?

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Ability to recognise signs of stress in self and others and respond appropriately.
  • Ability to use initiative to solve day-to-day problems as they arise within given parameters.
  • Ability to contribute ideas to support the smooth and effective running of the unit.
  • Ability to assess risks and take necessary steps to ensure a safe environment.
  • Ability to attend Team Teach Training and receive full certification as required.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and understand the need for contribution and flexibility.
  • Possess, or have the ability to develop, basic IT skills.
  • Excellent communication and recording skills.
  • Understanding of key legislation relevant to children and young people.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Experience of residential care work.
  • Appropriate Diploma Level 3/HNC/City and Guilds Certificate or practical experience in a relevant specialism.
  • Food hygiene certificate

 What are the working conditions?

  • Daily manual handling of items and people over 15 kg
  • Use of Display Screen Equipment (DSE)
  • Direct supervision of children, including children with highly complex needs     
  • Shift work, including weekends and bank holiday, night work (11pm – 6am)
  • Potential verbal abuse and/or physical aggression from residents                 
  • Food handling
  • Potential biological hazards and/or working with people with infections
  • Potential contact with human bodily fluids


Vetting Requirements:

This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check. As such please note, we will take up references prior to interview.


Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

Corporate Equalities Employment Policy:  In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to any for achieving equality of opportunity in its employment practices. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, disability, age, ethnic or national origin, marital status, creed, sexuality, trade union activity or responsibility for dependants unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies. In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to which would have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group.