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Support Officer

  • Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Reference: CBED/20/9217
  • Published: Thu 16/07/2020, 13:55 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 26/07/2020, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Evenings, Full Time, Nights, Part Time, Weekends
  • Hours: 20 hours per week, various hours available.
  • Salary: £23,836 to £26,459 per annum pro rata
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Kingfishers, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire

Team: Children with Disabilities

Job Family: CBG8 - Supporting

Location: Kingfishers, Houghton Regis

Salary: £23,836 to £26,459 per annum pro rata

Hours: 20 hours per week

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 26th July 2020

Interview Date: Week commencing 3rd August 2020

More about the role:

In Children’s Services we want every child to have the chance to reach their full potential. By promoting independence, we help support them to make their own choices and become part of the community. Our Short Break Service plays a big part in this; offering overnight short breaks and community sessions which provide social opportunities to children with disabilities. As a Support Officer, you’ll help support these children/young people to expand their knowledge and skills. By helping every child find their greatness, you can find yours too. 

Our team at Kingfishers are passionate about providing children within our care a 'home from home' environment which is safe, stimulating and welcoming. We are situated in Houghton Regis, with easy access to the M1, less than 10 minutes from junction 11a. There are also numerous bus routes which service the local area and are just a short walk away.

As a Support Officer you will help ensure the physical, emotional and identified personal care needs of children and young people are met through the provision of a supportive and caring environment. You will also work with young people and others to assess needs and to work jointly in the preparation, implementation and delivery of Care Plans, maintaining the development of positive child care practice, in keeping with the aims and objectives of the service. 

You will help with personal care, individual development, meals, medication, education and all other day to day activities, as well as make sure that the home is clean, tidy, warm and inviting; fulfilling the needs of children, young people and families regardless of disability, racial/cultural origin or gender. You will take on responsibility for key working and attend all relevant meetings for your key young people, from ‘Child In Need’ to ‘School Reviews’. You will be responsible for keeping Care Plans and Risk Assessments up to date and regularly reviewed for each child / young person you key work. You’ll also work closely with other agencies (such as Health and Education) as well as children’s families.

This is an excellent opportunity to make a real difference to someone's life whilst developing your career in a business that can offer support, training and progression.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking to speak to enthusiastic reliable and flexible people with excellent communications skills and a passion for caring for young people with disabilities. Diploma Level 3 in Residential Childcare would be great, but we would love to hear from you if you have a genuine interest in the role and are willing to work towards the qualification.

We provide ongoing training opportunities for our team members to ensure that the successful candidate feels confident and competent to work with our young people.

Our homes offer care 24/7 so you will need to work on a shift basis, including, days, nights, sleep-ins, evenings and weekends.

To join us, you must have experience in working with children/young people with disabilities in a relevant setting.  You’ll have an understanding of children and young people with disabilities, and how to meet their needs and provide them with great opportunities. With experience in a caring role, you’ll be a positive, practical person. You will be adaptable, flexible and people-focused, with the ability to build professional relationships. You will need to be IT literate, able to write reports and use your initiative and think on your feet.  

Desirable Criteria

·         Diploma Level 3 in Residential Child Care (England) qualified or working towards

·         Good communication and listening skills

·         Demonstrates a caring nature

·         Excellent organisational skills

·         Recognises cultural diversity

·         Good team player

·         Track record of showing initiative and sharing ideas

·         Experienced in being positive and consistent

·         Accurate record keeper

·         Sound knowledge of disability

·         Takes accountability for own training and continual professional development

·         Ability to work within a 24/7 operation  

Bring your skills to our team and you’ll enjoy an attractive benefits package, plus the support to achieve a relevant Level 3 qualification. You’ll also get the chance to find your greatness by giving children a brighter future. To find out more about working for Central Bedfordshire Council please click here.

Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work'.

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To assess your suitability for the role, you must demonstrate how you meet the key outcomes, accountabilities and competencies. To do this, you’ll need to refer the Family Profile, Role Profile and Competency Framework which can be found in the Recruitment Pack: Support Officer Recruitment Pack

For an informal discussion about this position please contact: Joyce Hunnibell at joyce.hunnibell@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or call 0300 300 6503.

For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The Recruitment Team at recruitment@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk


Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records. 

Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.

To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline. If you do not have a CV to hand, please look on our website for a CV template that you can use to create your CV to apply for this role: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/jobs/work-here/application.aspx


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  • Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Reference: CBED/20/9217
  • Published: Thu 16/07/2020, 13:55 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 26/07/2020, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Evenings, Full Time, Nights, Part Time, Weekends
  • Hours: 20 hours per week, various hours available.
  • Salary: £23,836 to £26,459 per annum pro rata
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Kingfishers, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire

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