- WORKING HOURS: 39 hours a week following a shift pattern plus up to 2 sleep in’s per week (Part time positions also available - minimum 24 hours a week including evenings and weekends)
Our organisation based in Northampton has two (Ofsted registered) children’s homes offering an excellent therapeutic service for up to five children in each who are aged seven to eighteen, and are placed for medium to long term duration and a third home (CQC registered) that offers a service for up to four young people aged 16 plus with mental health needs and promotes independent living skills. We meet the needs of ‘looked after’ children and young people who may be experiencing a range of difficulties. The homes achieve consistently good outcomes for children. We are currently seeking a Residential Support Worker who genuinely enjoys the rewards and challenges of working with children and young people to join our team.
As a Residential Support Worker you will be a role model for our children and young people and be part of a team that is responsible for their day to day care. You will work a shift pattern and be involved in all aspects of the running of the home. You will be responsible for providing direct care and support to the children and young people living in the homes using attachment aware and therapeutic principles. Training and guidance is provided with opportunities for professional development.
You will promote and participate in activities encouraging choice and opportunity to the children and young people. Your role will be varied and include communicating and liaising effectively with managers, other professionals, agencies and families. The role will also require you to carry out general administration duties.
Although you will be centrally based at one location the role may require you to work at the other two local sites to provide support when required.
Applicants will be required to work shifts which include some weekend and evening working, and undertake on-call and sleep-in duties.
It is essential that all applicants undergo an enhanced DBS clearance check if successful
Key Responsibilities to include:
- Provide appropriate guidance and support to the young people using therapeutic principles and attachment aware practice
- Planning shifts, doing on calls and supporting the manager
- Providing direct care and support of children and young people
- Promoting and participating in activities for all children and young people
- Participate in the running and management of the homes
- Providing support across all sites when required
- Keyworker role and responsibilities
- Administrative tasks
The candidate must have some experience of working or volunteering with children and young people with emotional, social and behavioural difficulties and learning difficulties and/or attachment disorder. You will have experience or the desire to work using attachment aware and therapeutic approaches understanding and meeting ‘looked after’ children and young people’s needs. You will possess excellent communication skills have a positive attitude and a compassionate, empathic and caring manner. Although not essential a full driving licence would be highly advantageous.
Essential / desired for the role:
- A childcare qualification or prepared to undertake the Residential Care qualification
- Experience working or volunteering with children and young people
- Experience and/or desire to work using attachment aware and therapeutic approaches to understanding and meeting ‘looked after’ children and young people’s needs
- Excellent communication, interpersonal and administrative skills
- Full UK driving licence is highly desirable
- Ability to work shifts and up to 2 sleep in’s per week is essential