For more information, please visit our dedicated Residential website, Careers in Children's Residential Care.
Salary: £20,903 - £22,183 per annum (pro-rata for part time) plus weekend working enhancements for weekend working. You will also receive a Crawley Allowance for roles based in Crawley.
Working Pattern: Part time and full time hours available (37 hours full time) + rota for evening and weekend work
Location: Worthing, Shoreham, Cuckfield and Crawley *please state in your cover letter your location preference or Home preference.
Interview Date: TBC (interviews will take place via MS Teams, Skype or equivalent)
You will become part of a high performing, incredibly welcoming, child-centred team that really makes a difference to children's and young people's lives.
Our dedicated and skilled staff are keen to ensure that children and young people who stay with us feel at home and safe with many opportunities for both fun and learning. They are each supported to reach their full potential in a range of creative ways.
The role of Childcare Worker includes managing challenging behaviour and providing personal care, which enables the children to maintain and improve their skills and daily lives in line with individual care plans.
You will help to provide a nurturing, positive and safe environment for our children and young people, ensuring that we meet our statutory obligations to the highest standards possible. With direct responsibility for designated children or young people, you will ensure that each person is given the appropriate care and support to achieve their full potential.
There are many challenges, but we support each other to overcome these and work closely with many other professionals too. This enables us to continue to provide the high quality of care to our children, in a homely and caring environment.
- Sound communication and interpersonal skills in order to provide clear and concise advice and specialist guidance to a range of children and families
- Ability to promote and encourage a multi-agency approach to support the child
- Ability to use IT to write detailed accurate and factual written reports
- Ability to use initiative to resolve problems within given parameters
- Ability to work under pressure and prioritise work
- Ability to work as part of a team around a child
Qualifications and/or experience:
- Good standard of literacy e.g. ability to write reports around individual young people and significant incidents and to be able to write application for level 3 diploma if required. Could be gained through formal education or vocational experience.
- Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare or equivalent qualification. If you do not have this, the service will support you to complete this qualification; you must achieve this within two years of appointment as it is a statutory requirement of this post.
- Awareness of the development needs of children in residential care. Desirable
- Knowledge of Children's home regulations 2015 (England). Desirable
- Knowledge of how to support children who have experienced trauma, harm or abuse. Desirable
- Previous childcare experience, preferably in a residential setting. Desirable
- Experience of working with children with disabilities, complex high-risk adolescents or related experience e.g. adults with disabilities. Desirable
Watch a video on You Tube where WSCC staff share what they love best about working in our children's homes here (link opens in new window).
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.
In accordance with the vaccine priorities, all our residential staff have the opportunity to take up a Covid vaccine and we are fully supportive of the ongoing NHS plans to roll out the vaccine to all Health and Social Care staff across West Sussex.
The reference number for this role is CAFHE02947.
For an informal conversation or for further information regarding the role, please contact one of the following people;
Natalie Greene (Resourcing Advisor)
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and an occupational health check.