Senior Residential Worker (11092)

Role: Senior Residential Worker

At Action for Children, we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnicities 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.

Salary: Up to £27,600 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)

Location:  High Wycombe.

Contract/Hours: Permanent Full Time 37 hours a week. Shifts are on a rota basis including earlies, evenings, and every alternate weekend.  Shifts are likely to be 2 pm to 10 pm and 7am to 3pm. Flexibility is essential due to the nature of the home being staffed 24/7.


  • Basic annual leave of 29 days PLUS bank holidays
  • PLUS, the option to buy another 5 days every year!
  • Flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages.
  • Up to 7% employer pension contribution.
  • Staff discount portal with your favourite brands.
  • Blue Light Card eligibility with 15,000 discounts from national retailers.

Development and Career Progression

  • Work towards gaining your Level 5 Diploma, fully funded and supported by us!
  • Clear pathways for progression into roles such as Team Leader, Service Co-ordinator, Home Manager or Area Manager.
  • Our Operational Director, Kate, began her career as a Play Worker. Have a look at her Career Progression blog attached.

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.

About the role

Merryfields is a 14 bed Short Break Residential Service providing 24-hour care for 5 to 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.

You will be passionate, committed, and resilient and yes, this role can at sometimes be emotionally and physically challenging but it's also fun, diverse and you will feel huge sense of achievement by being able to help, in the best way possible. If this all sounds rewarding to you, you are exactly who we are looking for. 

How you'll help to create brighter futures.

  • Supporting children to achieve positive outcomes for their future.
  • Responsible for shift leading.
  • Providing a safe environment for them to enjoy time with their friends.
  • Giving families the break, they need to continue supporting their amazing children.
  • Assisting the children in all aspects of their care to support their health and wellbeing.
  • Supporting children and young people in their personal care, administration of medication and clinical procedures.
  • Developing and evaluating care plans and risk assessments.

Let's talk about you.

  • It 's good if you have the  Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare, if you don't you must commit to work towards it in the first 2 years with us.
  • Working in a care setting to develop positive relationships through trust.
  • Writing clear and concise notes and good communication skills.
  • Willingness to develop within the role through attending external or online training courses.
  • Ability to demonstrate a solution focused approach and address problems individually or within a team.

Contact: Sarah Manderfield on 01923 361743 or email sarah.manderfield@actionforchildren.org.uk  if you need any assistance with your application or any questions regarding the role.

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.

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Cressex Link, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, HP12 4BF
  • Salary:
    £27600 per annum
  • Directorate:
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent Full Time
  • Closing Date:
    5 December 2023
  • Number of Roles:
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