Residential Support Worker
The Banyan Tree
LOCATION: Northampton, Northamptonshire
JOB TITLE: Residential Support Worker
SALARY & BENEFITS: £17,112 – £21,634 per annum plus £40 per sleep in allowance
WORKING HOURS: Full Time 39 hours a week, working weekends and evenings in a shift pattern plus up to 2 sleep in’s per week
We are based in Northampton and have two (Ofsted registered) children’s homes offering an excellent therapeutic service for up to five children in each who are aged seven to eighteen, and a third home (CQC registered- rated Outstanding) that offers a service for up to four young people aged 16 plus with Mental Health needs and promotes independent living skills. Our client meets the needs of ‘looked after’ children and young people who may be experiencing a range of difficulties. We are currently seeking Residential Support Workers who genuinely enjoy the rewards and challenges of working with children and young people to join our team.
As a Residential Support Worker, you will be required to provide direct care and support to the children and young people living in the homes. You will promote and participate in activities encouraging choice and opportunity to the children and young people. The role will require you to actively participate in the running and management of the homes and communicating and liaising effectively with managers, other professionals, agencies and families. The role will also require you to carry out general administration duties to assist with the running of the homes.
Although you will be centrally based at one location the role may require you to work at the other two local sites to provide support when required.
Applicants will be required to work evenings and weekends on a rota, undertake on-call and sleep-in duties and will be required to go on holiday with the children and young people.
It is essential that all applicants undergo an enhanced DBS clearance check if successful
Key Responsibilities to include:
- Providing direct care and support of children and young people using therapeutic principles and attachment aware practice
- Promoting and participating in activities for all children and young people
- Participate in the running and management of the homes
- Key working offering advice, direct work and mentoring of individual children and young people
- Assisting with general administration duties
- Providing support across all sites when required
The candidate will have either professional experience working with children in some capacity or have appropriate qualifications, and have an understanding of the developmental needs of children and young people. You will have experience or the desire to work using attachment aware and therapeutic approaches understanding and meeting ‘looked after’ children and young people’s needs. You will possess excellent communication skills have a positive attitude and a compassionate, empathic and caring manner. Although not essential a full driving licence would be highly advantageous. You will need to be flexible to work shifts and to sleep in up to 2 nights per week.
Key experience essential for the role:
- Professional experience working with children or qualifications in appropriate disciplines is essential
- An understanding of the developmental needs of children and young people
- Experience and/or desire to work using attachment aware and therapeutic approaches to understanding and meeting ‘looked after’ children and young people’s needs
- Excellent communication, leadership and administrative skills
- Full UK driving licence is highly desirable
- Ability to work shifts and up to 2 sleep in’s per week is essential
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