Residential Worker (3816)

Circa £ 21,700 per year
37 hours per week (shifts 7.45am-8.15pm, 10am-10.30pm and 7.45pm to 8.15am) FTC for 9 months to cover maternity leave.

Giving children and young people the foundations, they need to thrive.

The role

Intensive Supervised Structured Care work with vulnerable and high-risk young people aged 13 to 20 with significant social, emotional and behavioural needs. Our aim is to provide a safe and nurturing environment which enables our young people to understand their behaviour, make positive choices and thrive. We support them to develop confidence, self-esteem and life skills, engage in education/training/employment and to feel included in the wider community; we want our young people to feel loved and cared for.

As a Residential Worker, you will work as part of a team to deliver high quality, person centred residential care under the GIRFEC framework. You will manage risk in a way which empowers young people and builds resilience, whilst at the same time ensuring their safety. You will demonstrate a high standard of person-centred practice, have good social care values and be a strong role model to the young people.
We are looking for casual workers to be flexible enough to work shifts on a last-minute basis to cover sickness, holidays and ad hoc shift requests but also be willing to have shifts allocated 3/4 weeks in advance.


You will make a difference by:

- Having a good understanding of the challenges faced by vulnerable, care experienced young people.
- Understanding the challenges of working within a residential childcare setting.
- Contributing to care plans and risk assessments.
- Supervise, guide or direct staff and volunteers where required and provide mentoring to newly appointed staff.

- Having good communication skills and the ability to engage well with both service users, colleagues, and other professionals.
- Being a creative thinker and having a solution focused approach.
- Using your skills knowledge and experience to meet the ever-changing needs of young people.

You will need:

- SSSC registration or the willingness to apply for registration on appointment.
- SVQ Level 3 in social care is desirable (candidates with strong experience without a qualification will be considered).
- A full UK driving licences is desirable but not essential.
- Knowledge of GIRFEC and outcomes-based models of practice and service delivery.
- Good organisational skills and ability to work to timescales.
- A willingness to learn and develop skills in residential care.
- The ability to adapt to challenging situations and make decisions under pressure.
- The ability to evidence a good standard of written and verbal communication.


The way we work

We 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.

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 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 childhoods

At 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 Maria Sorrentino on 07917482469 or email recruitmentservice@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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Intensive Supervised Structured Care
63-65 Whitletts Road, Ayr, Ayrshire, KA8 0JD
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  • Contract Type:
    Fixed Term Full Time
  • Closing Date:
    8 July 2020
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