Residential Worker Waking Night - Working for Essex
Salary: £13.77 per hour
Closing date: 08 Dec 2022
Location: Colchester
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 7595
Role: Social Care
About the role

Residential Worker Waking Night

Temporary, Full Time

£13.77 per hour

Location: Colchester

Working Style: Fixed-base worker

Closing Date: 8th December 2022

Please note, this is a temporary role offering ‘as and when’ night shifts within a Children’s Residential Home offering short stay emergency placements to children and young people up to the age of 18 with autistic spectrum disorders, physical and learning disabilities. We may require cover for a range of shifts including weekends and Bank Holidays.

Due to nature of the role and to meet Ofsted regulations around the minimum age to work with children up to 18 years old, you must be at least 23 to apply for this role.

Job Purpose:

Working alongside the permanent staff team, you will support the care and development of the children and young people in the home, using your own personal skills, life experiences and understanding to empower the children and young people to achieve their full potential.

You will work directly with children/young people and ensure the delivery of good quality care, undertaking a range of personal care tasks and providing information and completing records as required.

You will have an ability/willingness to understand and manage challenging behaviour including aggression and violence using a range of de-escalation techniques, using physical intervention as a last resort.

Essex County Council is committed to protecting all children from abuse/harm and you must understand your responsibilities within our safeguarding and child protection procedures.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Experience of working with children/ young people in a paid or voluntary capacity; or in residential care with other service users.
  • An understanding of your responsibility to protect children from abuse/harm.
  • The ability to encourage young people to develop and maintain a positive sense of identity.
  • A willingness to develop knowledge about/ experience in a range of direct working practices with children and young people with disabilities.
  • The ability/willingness to understand and manage challenging behaviour including aggression and violence using a range of de-escalation techniques, using physical intervention as a last resort.
  • A basic understanding of child development and the ability to promote children’s equality, diversity, and rights.

Further information:

The shift patterns cover Monday to Sunday 9.15pm to 7.30am including bank holidays.

Your agency will be required to undertake comprehensive checks including your full employment history since leaving full time education (with any employment gaps of 4 weeks or more being explained), reference checks and an enhanced DBS check

You are required to undertake certain mandatory training for this role which will be provided by your agency.

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Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

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What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

Please note that Essex County Council has determined that the off-payroll working rules will apply to this assignment and where a worker elects to provide their services through an intermediary (such as a personal services company) then income tax and primary national insurance contributions will be deducted at source from any payments made to the intermediary.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to

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