Residential Worker
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/774/15269
  • Published: Wed 21/07/2021, 13:40 PM
  • Closing on: Sat 21/08/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £24,780 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Tadworth

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Residential Worker

The starting salary for this role is £24,780 per annum.

Surrey Residential Homes accommodate children up to 18 years of age; the legal requirement set out by the DFE requires that all staff need to be at least four years older than the oldest accommodated young person; therefore the minimum age for application for this position needs to be twenty-two years.

All of our homes are inspected regularly by OFSTED and most have been judged as either ‘Good’, ‘Outstanding’ or are working towards this, therefore we are very proud of the quality of our residential services for children in Surrey. As a result, we have continued to invest in our homes to provide a service that is ambitious, innovative and responsive to the needs of young people in our care.

We are committed to on-going professional development and offer a wide range of training courses that support staff to learn and develop skills throughout their employment. As an employer, Surrey Council is dedicated to career progression and enhancing the opportunities for all of its staff members.

Working in Children’s Homes can offer you a rewarding and fulfilling career. The new Apprenticeship Scheme offers the opportunity to learn and develop skills in a challenging yet rewarding environment. We are looking for people who are creative, playful and able to build meaningful relationships with our young people. If you feel you have the transferable skills, which can enhance the lives of our young people, then we would welcome your application and the opportunity to meet you.

Short Breaks forms an essential part of Surrey County Council’s provision for disabled children, young people and their families. It receives positive feedback from families and professionals and is rated “Good” by Ofsted under the Children Homes regulations.

Overnight short breaks are provided to children and young people with a range of disabilities. During their short breaks the children and young people are offered an exciting, safe and fun environment in which they learn new skills such as shopping and food preparation, as well as social and communication skills which are developed by accessing leisure activities within the community.

Our children and young people require empathy, patience and positive energy to empower them to develop. While there will be challenging times, the reward of seeing children and young people have fun and develop with increased life opportunities, is deeply satisfying.

We are looking for enthusiastic and flexible workers to support disabled children and young people and their families in Surrey.

It is beneficial to have some experience of working with children with disabilities and an understanding of some of the complex issues faced by these children. You will also need to have empathy, resilience and a good sense of humour! The role requires a child centred approach and may involve supporting young people with their personal and intimate care.

You will be enthusiastic, reliable and flexible in your approach to work, as hours worked are on a rota basis. You will be prepared to work waking night shifts, evenings, weekends, bank holidays and sleep in’s.

As a Residential Worker you will:

  • Interact and build relationships with young people; co-ordinating and promoting engaging
  • Have experience of working with disabled children and young people
  • Have a level 3 diploma in child care (NVQ3) or equivalent is highly desirable for this role or be prepared to undertake this qualification
  • Have an understanding of the social model of disability including and the importance of inclusion and working with diversity and relevant legislation to keep children safe
  • Have an understanding of partnership working with families and professionals
  • Participate in the implementation and monitoring of care plans for individual children
  • Maintain good communications and continuity of work practice within the home
  • Write reports

To be shortlisted to interview for these positions your application will clearly evidence:

  • Competency in Maths and English sufficient to be able to work towards the Level 3 Diploma
  • Ability and preparedness to recognise and deal appropriately with conflict
  • Awareness of the existence and effects of social disadvantage and discrimination
  • Aspirations to “make a difference” and  a view to practice in a restorative way
  • A positive, adaptable, confident, resilient and self-aware  approach to work
  • A committed and flexible attitude.

To be considered for a position you will need to evidence in your application and personal statement clearly how your skills, qualities and experience meet the requirements of the role. Please refer to the full job description attached below before submitting your application.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow. 

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council. 

Additional Information

An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.

Contact Details

For an informal chat about the role please contact Elizabeth Mahdi (Team Manager) on 01737 733791 or Chris Green (Assistant Manager) on 01737 733996. We look forward to receiving your application.

Benefits

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Equal Opportunities 

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

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