Senior Respite Break Leader/Respite Break Leader

CHICKS (Country Holidays for Inner City Kids)
02 Apr 2019
20 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Location: Derbyshire

Salary: GBP19,094 - GBP25,263 per annum

Senior Respite Break Leader Salary: GBP22,677 - GBP25,263 per annum
Respite Break Leader Salary: GBP19,094 - GBP21,924 per annum

Due to an occupational requirement, we strongly encourage male applicants for this role, in order to balance appropriate support for our groups.

We have opportunities to join our professional and dynamic Respite Break Team in a role that has a direct impact on the children that we support.

CHICKS is a children's charity that provides free respite breaks for disadvantaged children from across the UK. We believe that all children, regardless of their circumstances, should experience time away and the many advantages that this brings. Through this provision we support them to develop childhood memories that will stay with them for years to come.

As a Senior Respite Break Leader/Respite Break Leader you will work directly with groups of children, delivering fun, creative and adventurous activities throughout week-long breaks, as well as providing pastoral care in the residential setting.

This position could be ideal for someone currently providing activities or support for groups and wants to take the next step towards more in-depth work with children and young people.

Senior Respite Break Leaders/Respite Break Leaders will work predominately at one of our retreats. Some travel for training purposes and to ensure consistent best practice will be required.

This is a year-round, full time position. It involves residential working Monday-Friday with regular rest periods. Senior Respite Break Leaders/Respite Break Leaders have extended paid time off during the winter.

Applicants must be over 21 and have held a full driving licence for at least a year. They will need to demonstrate report writing skills and computer competency.

CHICKS has a responsibility for and commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to a number of employment checks including a check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Closing date for completed applications: Friday 19 April 2019 by 12.00.p.m.

Interviews to be held W/C 22 April 2019

Main Responsibilities:

To ensure that the young people on the respite break have the most enjoyable and beneficial break possible
To be a responsible role model to the young people attending our respite breaks
To act towards the young people with understanding, care and positive enthusiasm
Work residentially on a rota, currently Monday to Friday, with regular rest weeks
Oversee the induction and organisation of volunteers on the respite breaks
To complete photographic compilations, certificates and diaries in preparation for the young people
To maintain and take responsibility for a petty cash float each week, preparing a statement for the finance team
Complete behavioural and incident reports as required
Attend regular 1-2-1 meetings and appraisals with the designated line manager
To work closely with colleagues, developing a sound understanding of the charity's structure.
To identify and report any safeguarding issues that may occur
Be available to attend staff meetings, and to hold debriefs and discussions with the Respite Break Manager and other colleagues
To undertake, oversee or delegate other non-specific tasks/responsibilities deemed necessary to ensure the smooth, legal and efficient running of the respite breaks

General Duties:

To be an active and enthusiastic member of the team
To travel throughout the UK as required to support activities and fulfil objectives
To work unsocial hours, including evenings, weekends and stay away from home overnight as and when required
To undertake any other tasks as required and directed
To promote CHICKS in a positive light to volunteers and the general public
Continue to develop the knowledge and skills required to fulfil the responsibilities of the position
To follow procedures which maintain GDPR compliance


The Senior Respite Break Leader/Respite Break Leader will be required to obtain and maintain relevant levels of certification necessary to the position.
Continue to develop and maintain the knowledge and skills required to fulfil the responsibilities of the position

Health and safety responsibilities:

To undertake frequent dynamic risk assessments as required and take any necessary action to avoid potential health and safety hazards
Having read CHICKS Health and Safety manual, ensure compliance at all times with CHICKS Health and Safety Policies including: accident reporting procedures; fire drills and first aid facilities
To liaise with the appropriate person on all Health and Safety matters where required

Person Specification:


Experience of working with children, preferably in a residential setting
Possess the ability to apply sound, mature judgement particularly when dealing with challenging or sensitive situations
Good interpersonal skills and a team spirit, with the ability to lead and take decisions when required
Excellent communicator, both written and oral, and able to communicate effectively with a broad range of people
The ability to approach the role with understanding, care and positive enthusiasm
Experience of and enthusiasm for activities such as horse riding, climbing, water sports, team challenges and arts & crafts
Availability and willingness to work in a residential setting, including evenings and overnights on a rota basis
Reasonable computer skills with the ability to use standard MS Office functions
Full Drivers Licence, held for a minimum of 1 year, is essential
Pass an enhanced DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service)
To understand and appreciate the ethos and operations of CHICKS


The ability to cope with unexpected occurrences and emotional concerns
Understanding of the role of volunteers and how they can benefit the charity
Experience of report writing
Experience of creating and following risk assessments
Knowledge of child protection issues and practices
Volunteering experience
Professional qualifications relevant to the role
Minibus driving licence

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