WSCC operate a range of children's homes which provide a diverse range of services to some of the most vulnerable and 'at risk' children in the County, ranging in age from 7 to 18 years. These services include full time care (Looked After Children), short breaks, shared care, outreach services, day care and access to clubs and activities in the homes. The children looked after within our homes present varying levels of risk to themselves and others. The services we provide to those not looked after on a full-time basis have a significant and direct impact in reducing the risk of familial breakdown.
Our aim at WSCC is to put the children first and secure the best outcomes for them by listening to their needs and ensuring they have a voice and are heard. All children in residential care should be loved, happy, healthy, safe from harm and able to develop, thrive and fulfil their potential. It is our responsibility to ensure that this happens.
For more information, please visit our dedicated website, Careers in Children's Residential Care.
About The Job
Salary: £18198 to £18562
Working Pattern: Part-time and Flexible (18.5 hours per week)
Contract Length: Permanent
Interview Date: 23 April 2021 and w/c 26 April 2021 (Microsoft Teams)
We are looking for an individual who is able to work as part of a committed and dynamic team to achieve the shared goal of delivering consistent and outstanding care to children.
The successful candidate will need to be familiar with, and adhere to, the values of WSCC and be compliant with key regulations i.e. Health and Safety/Safeguarding, standards and procedures. You will need to be aware of children's individual needs and preferences in their home and to be aware of current safeguarding procedures, reporting and escalating any safeguarding concerns.
Your main responsibilities will be to ensure that general cleanliness and hygiene of the home, such as, hoovering, washing windows, cleaning basins, emptying bins, cleaning residential rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, offices and communal areas etc. You will need to work flexibly within the cleaning rota and be responsive to the changing needs of the homes requirements as directed by the duty manager and therefore will require a sufficient level of communication and interpersonal skills.
Experience and Skills
- Ability to communicate in English with children, staff and visitors to the home and to write reports as required.
- Ability to use IT to write emails, access information about the home, complete electronic logs etc.
- Ability to follow defined instructions in particular to understand and apply Health and Safety and safeguarding regulations and procedures.
- Ability to undertake a wide range of cleaning tasks to a high standard and within agreed timescales.
- Ability to work flexibly to allocated duties and as part of a team within the home to put the child first.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- Literacy and numeracy skills in order to read instructions, write basic reports.
- IT skills in order to write emails, access information and training.
- Knowledge of Health and Safety Regulations.
- Knowledge of COSHH regulations.
- Knowledge of using a range of cleaning equipment.
- Experience of working as a cleaner in paid employment.
Rewards and Benefits
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.
The reference number for this role is CAFHE03070
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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 a health check.
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