Residential Support Worker & Senior Residential Support Worker

Horsham, West Sussex
Negotiable subject to Experience
10 Oct 2019
07 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Residential Support Worker & Senior Residential Support Worker

Location: Horsham, West Sussex & Guildford, Surrey

Job Type: 40-hour week with enhanced overtime rate plus 28 days annual leave. To include morning/ evening shifts and weekends

Salary: Negotiable subject to experience

Responsible to: Deputy Manager / Home Manager / Principal Manager

Our client has four registered Children’s Homes within the Surrey and Sussex Borders. Each home is set in a rural location and offers a comfortable homely environment for young males aged 13-18 years. We are looking for Residential Support Worker & Senior Residential Support Workers to join our team.

Residential Support Worker
Responsibilities for the Residential Support Worker:

  • To provide a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for young people placed in the home
  • To give support to other staff in the home
  • To follow the daily routine in the home
  • Work with young people
  • Team work
  • Liaise with parents and/or carers and other professionals
  • To ensure the provision of a high quality environment to meet the needs of all children and to abide by the Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • To establish and maintain positive working relationships with parents/carers in a way that supports young people’s learning and development and values parental involvement where appropriate.
  • Ideally the Residential Support Worker will have the following skills and experience:
  • Ideally that candidate would have previous experience of working with young people and NVQ Diploma level 3 in children’s workforce would be desirable.
  • Knowledge of safe practice and training in physical intervention
  • Good understanding of the importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
  • Knowledge of health and safety issues in a residential home setting

Senior Residential Support Worker:

Job Type: To work 40 hours a week plus one sleep-in. In times of illness or crisis you may be asked to cover more shifts.

Salary: Negotiable subject to experience

Ideally the Senior Residential Support Worker will have the following skills and experience:

  • When sleeping-in you will be required to take over the petty cash and will be accountable for any discrepancies in relation to any transactions that you have made. Keyworkers will do the same for clothing and toiletries money for their ‘key’ boy.
  • To promote the welfare of the children as defined in the Children Act 1989 (HMSO 011 321 4308).
  • To attend staff meetings / supervision for 1½ hours on a weekly basis even when not on shift.
  • Attend the young people’s holiday.
  • To participate in training as required, and to contribute to your own professional development by keeping up to date of national developments in childcare policies and practice.
  • To participate in the young people’s group therapy, working alongside the group therapist, in blocks of 4 or 5 weeks.
  • To run / chair the young people’s meetings.
  • To ensure that all staff members are kept up to date with changes to procedures within Apple Orchard.
  • To ensure that communication between staff is promoted and individuals are given the opportunity to express their opinions.
  • To offer guidance and support to staff while on shift, particularly when dealing with incidents.
  • To ensure that positive and negative feedback is given constructively to promote a professional approach to work.
  • To inform the Manager as soon as is reasonably possible in matters of dispute.
  • To remain on shift throughout its duration, making sure that there enough staff on the following shift to take over.
  • To consult the Manager concerning any staffing matters.
  • To promote equal opportunities.
  • To make sure that young people and staff are kept safe and secure whilst out among the public.
  • To be accountable for any decision made in regard to the welfare of the young people and staff members during the shifts that you lead.
  • To arrive in plenty of time to begin shift, read the handover book, and to receive information in handover from the out-going staff team regarding any events and the individual young people.
  • To support and encourage the young people to participate in decision making and planning.
  • When on ‘sleeping-in’ duty complete a room check in the morning for each young person with respect to cleanliness and tidiness.
  • To complete any other relevant duties as required by your line manager.
  • To participate in and encourage house and outside sporting activities with the young people.
  • Holidays must be booked at least one month in advance, a leave slip to be signed by the manager. Senior staff must remember that two seniors cannot be on leave at the same time.

Residential Support Worker & Senior Residential Support Worker will receive the following benefits:

You will receive a thorough induction and further ongoing training opportunities.

We provide benefits including enhanced disclosure costs and a NEST pension option, free on-site parking and comfortable sleeping-in facilities.

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