Children's Residential Support Worker

Children's Home Residential Support Worker

We have a fantastic opportunity available for a Qualified level 3 Children & Young People - Children's Residential Support Worker.

About the job:

You will be joining a leading specialist client who cater for supporting children within in a full time (LAC) looked after care - residential setting.

We are looking for enthusiastic staff who have a passion for working with children and would like to help all children in care develop and nurture their life experiences.

The home operates 24-hours each day, every day of the year, requiring round-the-clock staffing and management. RSW's are required to conform to appropriate standards of conduct at all times and to be mindful that they serve as important role models to the children in their care. RSW's are professionally and operationally accountable to the Registered Manager in the children's home.

The home is situated in Foulridge, near Colne in East Lancashire. It is a large detached property on the edge of the village. The company aims to ensure the house reflects that of a family home where young people feel safe, relaxed and cared for in a non-institutionalised setting.

The home offers residential care for young people between the age of 8 years to 18. The young people do have emotional and behavioural difficulties and the staff work very hard to keep them active to ensure their minds are occupied through the local youth groups and clubs the local surroundings have on offer.

What would I be doing?

RSW's are required to provide care and support to children in the 8 to 18 age range, although most of the residents are likely to be in their mid-teens. The full-time shift pattern is a 24-hour shift, including sleeping-in overnight. RSW's typically work two-three full shifts per week, including shifts on the weekends. The home's aim is to provide a family-type atmosphere. RSW's are required to:

Supervise and monitor children as directed, which may include 1:1 or 2:1 supervision.
Keep accurate, factual, and legible written records (e.g. records about the child's behaviour; phone messages; communication notes).
Be punctual and record accurate shift start and finish times using systems that is currently in place to capture this.
Protect and safeguard children from harm both inside and outside of the home environment.
Treat children with respect and dignity in a way that promotes feelings of trust and safety.
Help to maintain a safe environment that complies with Health and Safety and other legal requirements.
Undertake domestic tasks such as shopping, food preparation, cooking, and cleaning.
Promote the healthy development and adjustment of children in their care.
Administer first-aid to injured children.
Help children adhere to appropriate behavioural expectations and challenge children when they display inappropriate behaviour, in line with the child's management and care plan.
Ensure the home environment is appropriate and sensitive to the individual needs of children, including specific needs (e.g. cultural, religious, dietary, language needs).
Relate appropriately to the children, which includes engaging children in appropriate conversation and activities both in the home (e.g. arts and crafts, computer games) and outside the home (e.g. swimming, ice-skating), which may require a degree of physical exertion.
Accompany the children and young people on residential trips and holidays.
Assist children at times of emotional and behavioural crisis, which may include use of de-escalation strategies to calm the child and, as a last resort, use of physical management. RSW's are sometimes exposed to challenging and distressing behaviour (e.g. self-harm, aggression, verbal abuse).
Assist children with educational tasks and homework (e.g. reading practice).
Assist older children in the development of independence skills (e.g. cooking,
Relate in a professional manner at all times to the child's family and friends, and to other professionals (e.g. social workers, health workers, teachers, Ofsted inspectors).
Develop an appropriate understanding of each child/young person's developmental, emotional, social, educational, and behavioural needs in order to meet his/her needs as part of the care team and care planning process.
Communicate effectively with other team members and maintain good working relationships with other team members.
Attend and participate in line-management supervision.
Attend and participate in training as required, including mandatory training (e.g. fire safety; medication administration) and external professional training (e.g. Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce).
Attend and participate in staff team meetings and demonstrate an ability to reflect and learn.
Manage company money appropriately (e.g. petty cash); keep receipts of any purchases; and maintain accurate written records (e.g. petty cash book).

What experience or qualifications would I need?

To be considered for this role you must have proven previous experience and a passion to work in the child care sector. Ideally you will hold or be working towards a Level 3 QCF Children and Young People's Workforce or Residential Childcare.

We are looking for candidates aged 21+.
You will ideally have a full UK driving license and your own car for this role.

What would I get in return?

- (UNQUALIFIED - NO LEVEL 3) Basic Salary of £19,650 (without Level 3)  plus £78.30 sleep in rate with an average of 6-8 sleep ins per month. This equates to approximately £25,300 per annum.

- (QUALIFIED - NO LEVEL 3) Basic Salary of £20,650 (without Level 3)  plus £78.30 sleep in rate with an average of 6-8 sleep ins per month. This equates to approximately £26,200 per annum.

- Full, Part time or Flexi contracts available

- Competitive salary including enhanced qualified rates

- 2 week paid induction programme

- Dedicated learning and development programmes including fully funded QCF Level 3

- Access to a wide range of free online courses for all staff on a variety of topic

- Free DBS check

- Free parking

- Free meals on shift

- Refer a friend scheme' reward system - earn up to £250 per referral

- Pension scheme

- Annual Employee Awards Evening

- Employee recognition schemes
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