Residential Worker - Waking Nights - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £19,971 per annum
Closing date: 26 Mar 2023
Location: Harlow
Hours: Part-time
Req ID: 10308
Role: Social Care
About the role

Residential Worker - Waking Nights

Permanent, Part time

Up to £19,971 per annum

Location: Harlow

Working Style: Fixed-base worker

Please note this role is based at The Maples in Harlow. The Maples is a short breaks children’s residential home that supports young people with autistic spectrum disorders, physical and learning disabilities.

This role is for 22 hours per week and the shift patterns cover Monday to Sunday 9.15pm to 7.30am including bank holidays

Due to nature of this role and the need to meet the OFSTED regulations around the minimum age of a carer in an environment with children up to 18 years old, any applicants need to be at least 23 years old in order to undertake this post.

In-house training will be provided for this role, so it is a fantastic opportunity to start your career within Children and Families social care.

Here in Essex, we continue to raise the bar about practice and our investment in our workforce is second to none. It’s an exciting time to join us. Not only have we been named Outstanding by Ofsted, we are delighted and at the same time humbled to have been crowned Social Work Employer of the Year for the second time in the last three years!

The Role:

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.

Job Purpose:

Children and Families is recognised as a service in which social work can develop and prosper, with a culture of collaboration, integrity and compassion; promoting the development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families; protecting them from neglect and abuse. Working together with partners delivering a range of early help, family support and effective social work interventions which build resilience, remove barriers and enable children and young people to look forward to a brighter future.

The Residential Worker will effectively contribute to care planning and working with children and families directly to ensure the delivery of good quality care.

Experienced in supporting children and young people within a children’s residential environment, the role will demonstrate collaborative working with children and young people to establish a positive working relationship which provides support.

Service/Functional Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for directly supporting children and young people within a residential home, to ensure all regulatory requirements and codes of practice are met.
  • Supporting the planning process for children and young people, contributing to the assessment of individual needs and developing placement plans, to ensure clarity on how these needs will be met, implemented and monitored on a regular basis.
  • Facilitate constructive contact with children and young people’s families to ensure that the young people receive care to support them in preparing for adulthood.
  • Supporting young people to ensure they are encouraged and supported to make decisions about their lives.
  • Work collaboratively with the management team to ensure that the young people live in a healthy environment in order to be more independent.
  • Contribute to ensuring young people are able to access education and pursue their particular interests to further develop their ability to be independent and preparation for adulthood.
  • Contribute to the operational effectiveness of Residential Home ensuring the care of young people is regularly monitored and on occasion and includes leading shifts, on occasion.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Educated to NVQ level 3 Caring for Children and Young people or equivalent by experience.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and knowledge in relevant professional area.
  • Evidence of experience of working with young people in a paid or voluntary capacity; or paid work in residential care with other service users.
  • Understands and demonstrates the ability to promote people’s equality, diversity and rights alongside experience of being able to protect children from abuse.
  • Experience of using relevant technology in which to store, access and retrieve key client information.
  • Experience of contributing to the development, provision and review of Placement, and other care management plans, with evidence of the ability to encourage young people to develop and maintain a positive sense of identity.

To read more about us please visit: Children & Families

Please take a look at our ‘No Magic’ Children & Families video here

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

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.

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.

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