Team: Children with Disabilities
Location: Maythorn, Biggleswade
Salary: £23,389 - £25,941 per annum pro rata
Hours: 20 & 28 hours per week available
Closing Date: Rolling advert
Interview Date: TBC
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 and Residential Services play a big part in this; offering accommodation, overnight short breaks and 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 Maythorn are passionate about providing children within our care a 'home from home' environment which is safe, stimulating and welcoming. We are situated in Biggleswade, a rural town in Central Bedfordshire with good transport links providing easy acccess to the A1, M1 and train links. Only 30 minutes travelling time from Stevenage, Cambridge and Milton Keynes, we are ideally situated if you are looking to commute.
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.
From the most basic hygiene, daily life skills and interactions, through to more challenging tasks such as shopping and financial management, our Support Officers provide support and development to the young people in our care, helping to meet their potential and improve their access and enjoyment of the wider community.
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 keyworking 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 professionals relationships. You will need to be able to write reports and use your initiative and think on your feet.
- 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 a generous 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
As part of your application please upload a supporting statement detailing how you fit the essential criteria of this role. Please also state whether you are interested in 20 hours per week or 28 hours per week.
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.
Safeguarding (For DBS posts only):
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 Confidentemployer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.