Residential Worker (5965)

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Permanent, Full-Time (working 37 hours, 5 day shifts per week)

£22,700 per annum (plus occasional sleep-in allowance)

Brilliant benefits We offer 29 days holiday plus public/bank holidays, flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages, pension scheme where we contribute up to 7%, an employee discount portal and much more.

The role

Merryfields is a 14 bed Short Break Residential Service providing 24 hour care for 5 – 18 year olds with moderate to severe learning disabilities. We strive and work towards providing top tiered person – centered care. We also hold various activities on a day-to-day basis to encourage social experiences and promote equality and diversity throughout the service.

Click on the video link we have attached  for a visual perspective of our service to gain a better understanding of what we do.

Are you a naturally empathetic and self – motivated individual who is passionate about changing the lives of children, young people and their families throughout the UK for the better?  If so, you are in luck as we are currently looking for Residential Workers who take pride in providing the best level of care to Children and Young People to join our team! We will provide full training for you to qualify and progress your career.

As a Residential Worker you will undertake the role of shift leading by supporting your colleagues to provide a safe, stimulating and caring environment for children and young people. You will support the children in all aspects of their care, link working duties for the young people and take a lead role in organising activities. You will be a shift leader who oversees the day-to-day activities whilst on shift. This might be helping cook, clean or provide fun and engaging activities for our young people. You will receive training and supervision to support your personal development.

How you will make a difference:

  • By supporting children to achieve positive outcomes for their future.
  • By providing a safe environment for them to enjoy time with their friends.
  • By giving families the break, they need to continue supporting their amazing children.
  • By assisting the children in all aspects of their care and supporting their health and wellbeing.
  • By supporting children and young people in their personal care, administration of medication and clinical procedures in line with the services policies and procedures.
  • By contributing to the development and evaluation of care plans and risk assessments as part of link worker role.
  • By promoting communication and participation throughout the service.
  • By attending meetings/reviews with other care professionals to promote person – centred care.
  • By ensuring safeguarding practices are in place.

What will you need?

  • Leadership skills and ability to run a shift and work well as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills. 
  • Be caring and compassionate.
  • Safeguarding knowledge.
  • Proactive and motivated.
  • Flexibility in working shift patterns and for the needs of the service.
  • Commitment to the children in helping them achieve and to Action for Children.
  • Experience of working with children.
  • Must possess Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare or equivalent to be achieved within 2 years of taking up the post.

Closing date is Thursday 9th December

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 on our careers portal.

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.

If you need any help in applying or have any questions, please contact Sarah Manderfield on 01923 361743 or email: sarah.manderfield@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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Cressex Link, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP12 4BF
  • Circa:
  • Department/Division:
    England South
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent Full Time
  • Closing Date:
    9 December 2021
  • Number of Roles:
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