The starting salary for this role is £24,780 per annum and is based on a 36 working hour week.
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 22 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.
Working in Children’s Homes can offer you a rewarding and fulfilling career. 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. Our 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.
You may already have some experience of working with children or an understanding of some of the complex issues faced by children in care - but you will also need to have empathy, resilience and a good sense of humour!
You will be enthusiastic, reliable and flexible in your approach to work as hours worked are on a rota basis. You will need to be prepared to work some waking night shifts, evenings, weekends, bank holidays and sleep in’s.
As a Residential Worker you will:
- Be-able to 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 Diploma qualification
To be shortlisted to interview for this position 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 you are applying for.
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.
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.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 07/11/2021 with interviews to follow.
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.
For an informal discussion please contact Sara Lovegrove on 01372 832400 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to receiving your application.
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 (pro-rata for part-time), 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.
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.