Hours of work: Up to 37 hours per week
Working pattern: Full-time/Part-time
Closing date: Sunday 24 January 2021
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 / 01323 466270. or Karen Carty – Assistant Homes Manager on 01323 466270.
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.
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.
The post holder will take a lead role in supporting the staff to deliver high quality care in accordance with Children' Homes Regulations and Quality Standards, as well as compliance with the Ofsted Social Care Inspection Framework. This will involve direct supervision of staff and leading them to develop appropriate individualised care plans and risk management strategies for the children. This will also mean managing the staff rota to ensure appropriate safe staffing levels are maintained.
The post holder will be expected to train and qualify as a THRIVE practitioner to support the home in developing THRIVE assessments for each child and embed the THRIVE approach in the practice of the staff. These assessments will focus on examining the interrupted development of a child and identifying opportunities for relevant emotionally developmental actions.
The post holder will act in place of the Deputy Home Managers in their absence.
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).
In addition to your salary, our benefits package includes:
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.
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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.