Do you have experience of working with children with learning disabilities?
Are you looking for a rewarding, varied role where each day can offer a fresh challenge?
Are you passionate about making a real difference to someone’s life?
Have you got line management experience or want to gain some?
If so then we would like to hear from you for our 30 hour Senior Care Officer role.
At Drove Road we provide a mixture of short breaks and full-time placements for young people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour between the ages of 8 and 18.
Our dedicated team of staff works hard to create a positive, safe, stimulating and homely environment in which each young person’s specific needs are met and they are supported to develop and learn new skills while having fun. Particular emphasis is given to those skills that promote independence.
Interview date: Week beginning the 15th August
For an informal discussion, please contact Vikki Witham - Practice Manager on 01273 295194
About the role
As a Senior Care Officer you will be required to identify and review individual young people's needs within the senior and wider team to ensure an effective and appropriate service.
To manage, support and supervise (both on shift and in monthly 1:1's) staff and to work with the team to create a caring and stimulating environment that encourages independence and progression.
You will also join a large supportive and diverse team of committed staff to enable the young people living or staying at Drove Road, many of whom have Autism with associated challenging behaviour and complex needs to participate in all aspects of daily life and develop their skills. You will help them to increase their independence, have fun and thrive. The work will involve:
- supporting with intimate personal care where required
- ensuring individuals’ physical, intellectual, emotional, social and cultural needs are met and optimising opportunities for play, leisure and learning pursuits
- undertaking a range of domestic tasks including cleaning, shopping, providing freshly prepared meals etc.
- planning, organising and participating in a range of stimulating activities both at Drove Road and within the wider community e.g. swimming, walking, bus and train journeys, parties, visits to the cinema, bowling, shopping, etc.
- assisting with the administration of medication
- using various communication tools to help our diverse young people express themselves
- maintaining records, staff supervision and PDP's
- being the person 'to go to' on shift as the SCO
- creating and maintaining relationships with family members, carers and friends
- keeping yourself and others safe during times of challenging behaviour
You will need to have:
- experience of looking after children or young people
- the ability to provide senior cover on shift and oversee/cover shifts on the rota
- experience of supervising Home Care Support Workers, Care Crew and agency staff on shift and through monthly 1:1's
- experience of attending reviews and preparing written reports about individuals for the purpose of regularly reviewing their needs with senior staff, family and other professionals
- the ability to help formulate as well as carry out the objectives of the service.
- experience in participating in staff meetings, training and the young people's meetings.
- experience of being involved in recruitment and/or the induction of new staff
- good communication skills including verbal and written for daily notes, emails and phone calls with families and other professionals
- good number and organisational skills for medication administration and planning a shift
- the ability to use your own initiative and think quickly in a difficult situation
- the ability to work as part of a team
- the ability to meet the physical, emotional and mental demands of the job e.g. be able to use restrictive interventions to restrain the young people in line with their behaviour support plans
We require you to have a Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (or equivalent qualification) and have the willingness to complete a Level 5 Diploma whilst in post.
You will need to be able to work a four-week rolling rota as follows:
Early shifts: 7.00 am to 2.30 pm (until 11.00 am in term time)
Late shifts: 2.00 pm to 9.30 or 10.00 pm.
As a Senior Care Officer you would be allocated one admin day per week.
In addition, you will be required to work at least 2 weekends a month and do “sleep-in” duty at least once a month.
We have a team meeting fortnightly on a Wednesday 12-3pm.
Working for us
We can offer you:
- a generous salary
- time and a half for working at weekends
- double time for working on a bank holiday
- time and a third for working at night (between 8pm and 6am)
- additional payment for “sleep-in” duty
- the opportunity to volunteer to work extra shifts
- a good pension scheme
- generous holiday from 25 days a year
- regular supervision meetings and fortnightly team meetings
- job specific training and development, including funding to cover the required qualification as well as first aid training, administration of medication, physical intervention training, safeguarding, autism awareness and safer handling
As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Supporting statement guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk)) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: This role does not meet the requirement for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Successful candidates will need to evidence that they have the Right to Work in the UK.
For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (brighton-hove.gov.uk)
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.
Encouraging a diverse workforce
Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.
Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).