Hours of work: Up to 37 hours per week.
Working pattern: Full-time/Part-time.
The advert will remain open, and regular shortlisting will take place.
In addition to basic salary staff receive regular payments for working overnight sleep-in shifts.
For an informal discussion, please contact Ian Williams - Registered Homes Manager on 07552 289375.
About the role
East Sussex County Council is expanding the residential provision for looked after children. Lansdowne, in Hailsham, is one of just 14 Secure Children’s Homes in England. The home is currently 7 bedded, but is being extended and will have 12 beds when the works are complete, including enhanced provision facilities. Accommodation of young people at Lansdowne is court ordered. They are resident because they are putting themselves or others at risk of extreme harm.
We are also opening a new children’s home in St Leonards. This will provide high quality residential care for looked after children from the county. This is a new exciting provision which will model an integrated structure of multi-agency working to best meet the needs of children placed there.
Children in care are some of the most vulnerable in the community and looking after them is one of our most important responsibilities. We need people who are able to deliver high quality care, to meet the physical, emotional, health and social needs of children and young people in our homes.
If you are passionate and committed to working with adolescent children, want to help them reach their full potential, develop and maximise their opportunities; then we would like to hear from you. You will have had experience of working directly with children and can demonstrate a good understanding of child care and child development. Our looked after children can often be challenging and will require a professionally nurturing approach. Residential Childcare Workers will need to be committed, adaptable to children's needs and go the extra mile. We want you to make a real difference in their lives.
We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate all of the above, have good communication skills, the ability to listen to children, act on their behalf, as well as being flexible enough to be part of the larger team around the child.
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.
In addition to your salary, our benefits package includes:
- Training and funding to attain your Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare through the Level 4 Children, Young People and Families Practitioner Apprenticeship programme.
- A pension scheme.
- A planned rolling rota – so you will always know when you are due to work.
- Additional sleep in payments.
- Continuing professional development support.
- Opportunities for career development.
- A range of ESCC staff benefits including discounts on shopping, travel and leisure activities.
- Access to staff counselling and employee assistance programme.
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 in any application.
For more information, please visit our website: https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/jobs/working-in-childrens-social-care/careers-in-residential-childcare/?utm_source=jobadvert&utm_medium=web&utm_content=Tribepad-residentialchildcare&utm_campaign=CSSocialWorkRecruitment
This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check. Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.
From 6 April 2011 the Home Office has placed a permanent restriction on the number of migrant workers that all Tier 2 (General) Sponsors can recruit. Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.