Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire Circa £20,000 per annum, pro rata Permanent Part-Time, 16 hours per week, generally 8-hour shifts and working shifts over weekends during term time and throughout school holidays.
Giving children and young people the foundations they need to thrive.
The roleChestnut Lodge is a short breaks project in Chesterton, Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire. Supporting children and young people aged from 8 to 18 years old with severe learning disabilities and complex needs to remain living with their families through providing overnight respite and short break care during weekends and school holidays.
We offer a homely welcoming environment, which makes children feel safe in a place where they can have fun enjoying different activities. Our aim is to provide positive, life enhancing support where the staff team are committed to putting children at the heart of everything we do.
Developing positive relationships with families and other professionals, to ensure the best possible outcomes for the children and young people that we work with are achieved. We have an extremely dedicated and professional staff team that work in a kind, thoughtful, sensitive and caring way, their aim is to keep the children safe whilst providing them activities and events they otherwise would not be able to experience.
The staff team are committed to the children and put them first in all of their planning processes. Their aim is also to build positive relationships with families, young people and other multi agency professionals around the young person, so that a professionally informed support package surrounds the young person, enabling their individual growth and development.
The project is a very homely and welcoming environment which enables young people to enjoy staying away from home, bedrooms are personalised to young people's choices, and they are also encouraged to bring familiar toys and items to help enhance their stay. This role requires working weekends and school holidays on a shift system encompassing morning OR afternoon and evening shifts
You will make a difference by:
-Working with children and young people in all aspects of their daily lives and supporting their health and happiness.
-Helping with medication administration.
-Providing a safe environment where young people can enjoy time with their friends.
-Working cohesively towards giving young people a positive future.
-Supporting children and young people with their personal care and assisting and serving at meal times.
You will need:
-An (N)VQ Level 3 in Children and Young People in Residential Settings (desirable but not essential)
-Experience of working with young people with complex challenging behaviour, physical and / or learning disabilities and complex health needs.
-Experience of working with young people with complex health needs.
-The ability to accurately record and update case files.
-Experience in using MS Office and key IT skills.
The way we workWe work to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. Have a look at our behaviours and values to understand more about the way we work here.
Rewards We want our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with a generous annual leave, a comprehensive employer-matched pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts on our dedicated benefits portal. Find out more about our exclusive Action for Children benefits here.For safe and happy childhoodsAt Action for Children, we protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. Last year, we helped more than 387,000 children and families across the UK.
For more information, please contact Anne Marie Wilson on 07507 144873 or email her on Anne-Marie.Wilson@actionforchildren.org.uk
We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons particularly people with Disabilities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.
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