For an informal discussion, please contact Shirin White on 01424 724700.
Weekend Residential Group Worker (Children’s Home Support Worker)
Acorns in Bexhill is a small home that supports children and young people with complex needs and learning disabilities, aged 7 to 19 years old, with respite and some short term residential support.
We are looking to recruit support workers to join our team in providing care at weekends, which can be our busiest time to provide support. There is also a requirement to be available 4 hours per week to attend meetings, training days and complete the QCF 3 qualification (if not already held). 4 hours per week will be flexible, with one set meeting per 4 weeks, plus willingness to undertake mandatory training dates as they are scheduled.
If you are
- Looking for variety and fulfilment in a job where no two days are the same
- Motivated and committed, with a calm approach;
- A Team player with the ability to work use your own initiative;
- A positive role model to the children and young people;
- Someone that will be able to react calmly in stressful situations and deal with difficult and challenging behaviours.
We welcome your application.
Group Workers role is to take a lead in running shifts and undertake key working responsibilities.
Hourly rate: £11.60 to £12.41 per hour (including weekend enhancements) rising to £12.89 to £13.90per hour upon gaining the QCF 3 qualification.
In addition to your salary, our benefits package includes:
- Training and funding to attain your Level 3 Children & Young People Diploma in Health & Social care
- A pension scheme
- 4 weekly planned rolling rota – so you will always know when you are due to work
- 31 days annual leave for contracted staff (pro rata including bank holidays and concessionary days for full time staff, rising to 35 days after 5 years (pro rata)
- Sleep in allowances
- Optional overtime and additional sleep in shifts
- Opportunity to work across Children's' Disability Service Homes
- Access to 24 hour Staff Counselling and Employee assistance programme
- A range of ESCC staff benefits including discounts on shopping, travel and leisure activities.
- Continuous personal development planning support
Day to Day Role
- Caring and supporting children and Young people with their day to day lives, creating a nurturing and homely place to live.
- Listening to the children and helping them to express their views, wishes and feelings.
- Helping children to develop life skills, understanding each child’s capabilities and encouraging them to try new things.
- Supporting children during school holidays for outings and local activities.
- To work with Children and Young People with a range of needs including significant learning difficulties and challenging behaviour.
- Working with other families and other professionals to understand complex behaviours in order to manage and reduce them.
- To be alert to signs of distress or risk to ensure children are monitored and protected
- To keep records about the support that is given to each child.
- Whether you have experience in care or have never worked in this sector, you could be the person we are looking for. Life skills, the right attitude and genuine desire to help are a skill set that will support our children to thrive.
- Ability to work shifts including weekends and bank holidays, occasional sleep-in shifts and also undertake personal care.
- To work as part of a team and use own initiative when required
The successful candidates will work on a rota basis. The post includes shift work, weekend working and sleep-in duties (additional payments for sleep-ins will apply).
Candidates will be selected in line with recommendations of the Warner Report, which includes a brief written exercise and interviews with both professionals and children
Note this post is exempt from the limitations of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and as such all instances of previous cautions and convictions will need to be disclosed.