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Residential Worker
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/774/17905
  • Published: Wed 06/10/2021, 15:10 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 31/10/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £24,780 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Cobham

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Residential Worker

The salary for this role is £24,780 per annum based on a 36 hour working week. 

We are looking for Residential Workers to join our team who are creative, playful and able to build meaningful relationships with our young people. As well as this, you will be super positive, hugely empathic, and committed to encouraging individuality, promoting confidence and increasing self-esteem whilst also managing some challenging behaviours. You will be working with young people who have experienced trauma that can have an impact on their emotional and mental wellbeing and is communicated via several means, including self-harming behaviours.  Therefore, you will need to have some experience of working with children and an understanding of some of the complex issues faced by children in care. You will need to be resilient and have a good sense of humour!

If you have not had experience of working in a children's residential home before, we can give you the training you need. Most importantly, we are looking for people who are committed and able to be positive role models who understand the importance of giving our young people the best life chances possible. You will also 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 ins.

We can accommodate young people up to eighteen years of age. Due to legal requirements set out by the DFE national minimum standards, the successful applicant is required to be at least four years older than our oldest resident. Therefore, the minimum age for application for this position needs to be twenty-two years.

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 a Residential Worker you will:

  • Interact and build relationships with young people
  • Co-ordinate, promote and engage in activities with young people
  • 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
  • Complete a Level 3 qualification Diploma/NVQ 3 in Health & Social Care within 2 years of your start date in this role.

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
  • That you have a valid driving licence. 

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

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 31/10/2021.

Interview dates to be confirmed. 

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 discussion please contact Samantha Heighes by e-mail at We look forward to receiving your application. Please click on the apply online button below to submit.


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.

Our Commitment 

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.