Residential Worker (Guildford)
This role has a starting salary of £26,080 per annum based on a 36-hour week (rising up to £36,500 per annum based on the average shift pattern as you will receive an additional 50% of pay for all night shifts worked between the hours of 8pm - 8am, as well as any hours worked on weekends and bank holidays).
Our Residential Workers turn our Residential Houses into Residential Homes.
We want our homes to be exceptional for the children we are entrusted to care for. It's what we strive to provide and what our children want and need.
We want our homes to be nurturing, fun and inspirational places where our young people feel safe to be themselves and can rely on us to guide, care, and support them to grow and thrive whatever their challenges.
Building effective relationships, co-ordinating activities and holidays, creating meaningful care plans, working together with partner organisations, writing reports and ensuring records are kept clear and up to date are some of the ways our Residential Workers support our children.
Like all supportive, caring, and compassionate home environments; no two days are the same, they throw up complex and challenging situations and are on 24/7 - 365 days of the year. So, let's be honest, if you are looking for a 9-5 job which is straight forward and predictable, you might want to sit this one out.
There will be swearing, shouting, and the occasional tear. But there will also be happiness, laughter, and smiles. There will be reward for hard work, determination and resilience, knowing that you make a difference.
Along with a dedicated and committed team we will support you to achieve the mandatory, nationally recognised, Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare (within two years of starting) if you don't already have this. Gaining this qualification will open opportunities for you to progress to a Senior Residential Worker (starting at £29,291 per annum) along with helping you grow the skills needed to be an effective Residential Worker.
So, if you think you have what it takes, can match our energy to be exceptional, and are willing to learn, we (and our children) really want to hear from you. To apply you will need to upload your CV and answer the following questions:
- What has motivated you to apply for this position?
- What do you think makes an effective Residential Worker?
- Why are children's residential homes important?
- The work we do is very challenging (but rewarding) how do you manage your own resilience when things get tough?
Due to our legal obligations, we can only accept applications from people 22 years old and above who hold a valid driving licence and have access to a vehicle.
If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to a short first round virtual interview to explore your answers to the above questions (lasting approx. 10-15 min), and if successful following this, invited to meet us at one of our homes for an interview. We will be reviewing applications on an ongoing basis so feel free to submit an application as soon as you wish, and we will come back to you as quickly as possible.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 23/03/2023.
Interviews dates are TBC.
An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.
For an informal discussion please contact Sarah Muzzell by e-mail at
We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 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.
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.