We are recruiting for a Home Care Support Worker
Fixed term for: 9 months to cover maternity leave
For an informal discussion, please contact Clare Brunt - practice manager on 01273 296462.
Do you have some experience of working with children with learning disabilities?
Are you looking for a rewarding, varied role where each day can offer a fresh challenge?
Are you passionate about making a real difference to someone’s life?
If so then we would like to hear from you.
At Tudor House we provide short breaks for children and young people with learning disabilities, and sometimes physical disabilities, between the ages of 8 and 18. Our dedicated team of staff work hard to create a positive, safe, stimulating and homely environment in which each young person’s specific needs are met and they are supported to develop and learn new skills whilst having fun. Particular emphasis is given to those skills that promote independence and giving children a voice.
The service at Tudor House has been rated outstanding by Ofsted for the past 13 years.
At our last inspection Ofsted noted that:
'Children's needs are exceptionally well met at this service'
'The registered manager and the staff team are inspirational, ambitious and influential in changing the children's lives.'
About the role
You will join a team of committed staff in supporting the young people staying at Tudor House, some of whom have Autism with associated challenging behaviour, some of whom have additional physical disabilities and complex needs. You will support them to participate in all aspects of daily life and to develop their skills so that they can maintain as much independence as possible. The work will involve:
- Assisting with intimate personal care where required
- ensuring individuals’ physical, intellectual, emotional and social needs are met and optimising opportunities for play, leisure and learning pursuits
- undertaking a range of domestic tasks including cleaning, laundry, providing freshly prepared meals etc.
- planning, organising and participating in a range of stimulating activities both at Tudor House and within the wider community e.g. swimming, walking, visits to the cinema, bowling, shopping, seafront etc.
- assisting with the administration of medication
- using various communication tools to help young people express themselves
- maintaining daily records
- developing and maintaining relationships with family members, carers and friends
- keeping yourself and others safe during times of challenging behaviour
You will need to have:
- Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (or equivalent qualification) or be willing to obtain this qualification which is now an apprenticeship within 2 years of starting the job
- some understanding of childcare or child development
- good written, numerical, and organisational skills
- the ability to work on your own initiative and think quickly in a difficult situation
- the ability to work as part of a team
- the ability to meet the physical, emotional and mental demands of the job
You will also need to be able to work a four-week rolling rota as follows:
Early shifts: 7.00 am to 1.30 pm (8am-2:30pm weekends and school holidays)
Late shifts: 2.00 pm to 9.30 pm.
In addition you will be required to work 2 weekends a month and do a “sleep-in” duty at least once a month.
Working for us
We can offer you:
- a generous salary
- time and a half for working at weekends, double time for working on a bank holiday, and time and a third for working at night (between 8pm and 6am)
- additional payment for “sleep-in” duty
- the opportunity to work extra shifts
- a career average pension scheme
- generous holiday, up to 25 days a year
- regular supervision meetings and fortnightly team meetings plus
- a fantastic range of other staff benefits - you can get discounts with high street retailers such as Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, Argos and Boots as well as cinemas, local attractions and holiday companies via our external benefits provider
As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Supporting statement guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk)) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: This role does not meet the requirement for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Successful candidates will need to evidence that they have the Right to Work in the UK.
Permanent employees are eligible to apply for a secondment where they have: held their current post for at least twelve months, obtained agreement from their line manager and have a defined development need that may be met through the secondment or there is a defined organisational need that will be met via the secondment.
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.