Hours to be worked will be mutually agreed in advance but work on a shift / rota pattern may be required. You will be based at Cheyne Walk Residential Home, Horley, Surrey.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formally known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.
Surrey County Council Residential Homes can accommodate children up to 18/19 years of age. Due to legal requirements set out by the DFE national minimum standards the successful applicant is required to be at least 4 years older than our oldest accommodated child.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
About the Role
Are you an experienced confidential Residential Worker knowledgeable in different approaches to working with young people?
Do you see yourself as a strong positive role model who can interact with young people on multiple levels?
Do you think you can empower young people to make positive life changes? Are you looking for a challenge?
Are you enthusiastic, motivated, committed, reliable and fun?
Do you have the resilience, empathy and consistency to work with some of the most marginalised young people in Surrey?
Are you willing to plan and undertake indoor and outdoor activities and share new experiences with young people?
Surrey Residential Homes accommodate children up to 18 years of age. Our homes are inspected regularly by OFSTED and most have been judged as either ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ or are working towards it. We are very proud of the quality of our residential services for children in Surrey. As a result we have invested in our homes and staff and plan to continue this, in order to achieve a service that is ambitious, innovative and responsive to the needs of young people in our care.
For this Residential Worker post you won’t necessarily need experience of residential work, but you will need to demonstrate some experience of working with and understanding some of the complex issues many children and young people in care may have. You will need to aspire to ‘make a difference’ and have a view to practice in a restorative way.
As a Residential Support Worker you will:
- participate in the design, implementation and monitoring of care plans for individual children
- maintain good communications and continuity of work practice within the home through attendance at, and contribution to regular team meetings
- undertake responsibility for individual children/young people in accordance with linkworker/keyworker responsibility
- engage actively in collaboration with others in the residential service in the development of effective practice for the care and containment of young people with challenging behaviour and complex needs
To be considered for this role you will have:
- An NVQ3/Diploma qualification or above in a Child Care related subject. If however, you do not currently hold such a qualification, due to legislative changes, all residential workers appointed after 1 April 2014 must achieve such a level 3 qualification within 2 years of the date they start employment with Surrey.
- Knowledge of child development
- Awareness of the existence and effects of social disadvantage and discrimination
- Aspirations to “make a difference” and a view to practice in a restorative way
- A positive, adaptable, confident, resilient and self-aware approach to work
- A committed and flexible attitude, a sense of humour will also helps
Please make sure you refer to the full job description attached at the bottom of this advert when making your application.