Residential Worker Olive House children’s home
£24 618 - £29 010 (plus shift allowance of up to £3500 per annum)
Making a difference for young people in residential care
Kensington and Chelsea is a diverse, ambitious and innovative London Borough. We are committed to maintaining in-house residential care on a short, medium and long term basis for young people with EBD living in the Borough.
You will be part of building a strong multidisciplinary team within our Children’s home, Olive House, to provide a high quality, holistic residential children’s service for vulnerable looked after young people aged 13-18. Located in Ladbroke Grove, Olive House is a newly built, high spec unit which has been operating since May 2014 and has been consistently rated as “Good” by Ofsted. Our most recent inspection highlighted the excellent relationship between staff and young people and the tailor made support we provide. One resident fed back that she feels loved and cared for by staff in Olive House.
Olive House provides a consistent and thoughtful approach to meeting the range of care needs of children and young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties, to help them make sense of their lives to date and move successfully into adult life. In order to achieve this, you will be well supported through training opportunities including undertaking training in systemic therapy.
In this key position you will help create a secure and stimulating environment for residents, providing sensitive care and support and acting as a key worker for individuals, including developing clear and creative support plans for them. The support plans may require you to work with extended family members in order to promote positive contact or the opportunity for the young person to return home.
Naturally you must enjoy working with adolescents and have significant experience of working in this field. This may not be as a residential worker but could be in youth work, education or other related fields. Knowledge of good childcare practice will be essential as well as patience, resilience and the ability to cope under pressure. This role involves working shifts, including weekends and sleep in duties evenly distributed amongst 8 residential workers. There will be an expectation that those who do not have the relevant qualification of either an NVQ level 3, or CWFD level 3 or equivalent, will commit to successfully completing either within an agreed timescale should you be successful. Costs for this will be covered by us.
We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity and are looking for candidates which reflect the diversity of the young people we work with.
This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and an enhanced DBS will be undertaken on the successful person before an appointment is confirmed.
As well as being supported by good training and development opportunities we offer excellent staff benefits including travel allowances and a final salary pension scheme.
For further questions, please contact Robert Braun on 0208 964 6640.
Please tell us in your application how you fit into Olive House.
Interview Date - 22nd October 2018