Residential Support Worker (12035)

Role: Residential Support Worker  

Salary:  £23,150.50 - £28,000 per annum 

Location:  Peterborough 

Contract/Hours:  Permanent/Full Time - 37 hours per week 


  • A generous annual leave entitlement of 29 days PLUS bank holidays  
  • Up to 5 more days leave for continuous service plus the option to buy and sell leave.  
  • Gain professional qualifications with excellent training, and development opportunities.  
  • Flexible maternity, adoption, and paternity packages.  
  • A pension with a up to a 7% employer contribution rate. Plus, if you pay in to the pension you will receive life assurance cover. 
  • Staff discount portal with your favourite brands.  
  • Blue Light Card eligibility with 15,000 discounts from national retailers. 


Vulnerable children in the UK need your help 

Wherever you work in the Action for Children family, you'll be helping to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK. 

Last year, we helped more than 670,000 children and families across the UK. From direct work in communities to national campaigning, we are focused on making sure every child has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive. 


Why Action for Children? 

Working here is more than a job. Everyone in the Action for Children family is passionate about protecting and supporting children. It's the sense of purpose that drives us every single day. Because we know that, when we work together, we can make a huge difference to bring lasting improvements to vulnerable children's lives. 



A bit about the role 

Our Residential Support Workers create a safe and supportive environment for children and young people to grow and develop. You will ensure their wellbeing is prioritised by delivering personalised care, guidance and advocacy. It is key that they stay safe and healthy and can reach their full potential. 

In return we will offer you amazing opportunities to progress within our organisation.​ 

We offer an in-depth induction process and training. Alongside this, we will enrol you in the qualifications which you need to work in the industry.​ 

Regular supervision with your line manager, team meetings etc. will ensure you feel part of our team. ​ 

Once you have gained the relevant experience and qualifications you will be ready to progress to the next step in your career with us. 



About the service 

As a Residential Support Worker in our Peterborough service, you'll be supporting the transition our of young person into their own forever home!

They've been living in their current setting in Hampshire for some time and therefore our mission is to bring them home, where they'll be close to family and receive the stability, consistency, and appropriate care they need.

Our approach is therapeutic, driven by love and a commitment to helping the young person thrive. We aim to integrate them into the community as much as possible by supporting and encouraging independence as they transition into adulthood. Working closely with partner agencies including; health, education, and social care partners, as well as the young person's family, we'll provide high-quality support using a trauma-informed approach. These relationships will enable our young person to do all of the things they enjoy.

To help you get to know a little more about our young person, they would like to introduce themselves; 


About me  

 I am 16 years old, of Nigerian heritage and I want to move to my forever home.  

I have moderate Learning Disability, Processing Disorder, ASD, and ADHD.  I require daily support, helping me to have a healthy diet, lifestyle and broadening my communication skills.  My personal and care needs are bathing, feeding me, communicating & developing my skills.  

I love being active a lot of the time, running, jumping, dancing, climbing and I really enjoy water play, massage and exploring my environment.  

I need help in developing my opportunities in the community and to enjoy activities and things that make me happy.  I turn 17 in 2024 so will need so will need support in developing skills to assist me in adulthood. 

If you like these things too, you may want to look at working with me? This person needs to know how to support me and my care needs, making sure that I see my family, do activities, laugh, play & have fun. 


 How you'll help to create brighter futures

  • Provide lead case/care planning management, including assessing, reviewing and managing risk. 
  • Co-ordinating responsibilities within the service, with multi agency and producing family information, including analysis and written reports. 
  • Attendance at professional meetings including reviews, court work etc.  
  • Lead shifts with the primary aim of the provision of a high-quality service. 
  • Supervise and guide staff as required, in accordance with Action for Children policies and procedures. 
  • Lead by example with the application of Action for Children's policy procedures and professional practice standards and in line with registration requirements  


Let's talk about you 

Are you resilient and have a positive approach to change and challenge? We're looking for someone with a ‘can do' attitude to join our team. Ideally, you'll have: 

  • Flexibility to visit our young person in their existing setting in Hampshire which may include overnight stays for an initial period of 3 months 
  • Experience of delivering positive behaviour support to young people with a learning disability and or autism. 
  • Experience of leading Shifts in a Care setting 
  • Knowledge of Proact-SCIPr-UK – Full training can be provided 
  • Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare (or recognised equivalent). 
  • Experience and training in safeguarding 
  • An innovative and creative approach to problem solving 
  • Experience of developing tailored care plans 
  • The ability to create a safe and fun environment for both staff and young person in the home and in the community 


Good to know 

Application Process 

Please note we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this role. 

There are five sections to complete: Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information, Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration. 

Talent Pool 

We know talent when we see it. But sometimes we find the right person but not for the right job. We'd love to keep your details for when the right job comes up. Let us know if you'd rather we didn't. 

Contact: Shannon Neander at shannon.neander@actionforchildren.org.uk  


Diversity, equality and inclusion 

At Action for Children, we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic and disabled candidates as they are under-represented within Action for Children. We want to take deliberate and purposeful action to ensure equal opportunity to all groups in society and for Action for Children.

Male staff are under-represented within our Children Service roles. We would like to encourage more male applicants for our Children Service roles. 


Don't meet every single requirement? 

If you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with the job description, we'd love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within the Action for Children family. 


Want to know more about Action for Children? 

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  • Salary:
    £28,000 per annum
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  • Contract Type:
    Permanent Full Time
  • Closing Date:
    28 May 2024
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