Residential Worker (7463)

Role: Residential Worker

Salary: £23,700 per annum

Perks: Annual leave of 29 days, plus public holidays, flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages, annual staff awards, up to 7% employer contribution pension scheme, employee discount portal with all your favourite brands, check out more on our career's portal. 

Contract/Hours: Permanent, full time 37 hours per week

Location: Ormiston, Edinburgh

About Us  

At Action for Children, we believe that every child should have a safe and happy childhood. Last year, we helped more than 600,000 children and families across the UK. We work to ensure their voices are heard and we campaign to bring lasting change to their lives.  

The role

Kamali House is located within a residential area of Ormiston, East Lothian and has been registered to provide long term care to a maximum of two young people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour who are unable to live with their own families.

As a Residential Worker you will primarily be based in our long term residential in Ormiston. You will provide care for our young people throughout the day by supporting with set routines, attend to personal care and administer medication following appropriate training. You will work with the team to develop and deliver young person-centred plans in relation to their needs through ought the day. You will be planning and supporting the young person in taking part in activities based at the service as well as out in the community such as trips to the beach, horse riding, community-based activities and groups and various other activities in order to develop their social and life skills

We work directly with children and young people with complex learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. We work in partnership with CAMHS LD and our own Behaviour Consultant to develop and deliver person centres support plans that offer consistency and clear outcomes for all out young people.

We firmly believe that behaviour is communication and work to identify what the young people are trying to tell us through their behaviour and support them to communicate that in a positive way.

Working in residential care is both challenging and rewarding. Our aim is to give every young person we work with the support and guidance to reach their potential and support their aspirations for a positive future, and this is a vital part of our work. 

This role will be working 37 hours a week on a 3 week rolling pattern of 1 weekend off in 3. Shifts are 7am- 2.30pm or 2pm – 9.30pm. We are open to discussions around shift flexibility, if required, at interview stage.

To make a difference you will be expected to,

-Helping young people in all aspects of their daily lives. 

-Having good communication skills and the ability to engage well with both young people, colleagues and other professionals.

-Being a creative thinker and having a solution focused approach.

-Using your skills, knowledge and experience to meet the needs of young people.


You will need:

 -A commitment to working on shift rota pattern, which includes midweek, weekends and bank holidays.

-A positive approach, providing a fun environment for all the children in our care.

-Ideally, a HNC and SVQ 3 in a social care discipline (or a qualification which would meet the registration requirements) or a commitment to working towards these.

-Experience of working with children and young people with disabilities.

-Safeguarding knowledge.


Working here is so much more than a job. It's an investment of time to truly make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children, young people, and families across the UK. 

We work together to reach our vision of safe and happy childhoods. Given this and our ongoing commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, we encourage applications from everyone.

We value and celebrate the diversity of those that work with us and as an inclusive workplace we want all our current and future staff to feel able to be themselves in the workplace. 

If you're interested in finding out more, click apply and visit our careers portal for more information. 

Interviews are provisionally scheduled for week commencing 11th July 2022

If, for any reason, you need support with your application, please contact Jessica Jarvis email Jessica.Jarvis@actionforchildren.org.uk who will be happy to give you any support you require. 

If you want to get to know us a little better, check out our socials on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or YouTube.  

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Kamali House
44 George Crescent, Ormiston, Tranent, East Lothian, Scotland, EH35 5JE
  • Salary:
  • Directorate:
    Children's Services Scotland
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent Full Time
  • Closing Date:
    6 July 2022
  • Number of Roles:
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