Job Title: Support worker - Children's Residential - Birches
Salary: £18,720 - £19,760 per year (£9.00 - £9.50 per hour) & £45 per sleep in
If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children, we have the role for you!
We’re looking for a Support Worker to join our team at The Birches. Someone who can deliver a holistic and integrated approach to care and who can work alongside education and clinical services would be perfect for this role.
About the Home
The Birches is a 4 bed residential children’s home offering care and support to children aged 7-18 years with social, emotional and behaviour difficulties. We strive to adhere by our philosophy of care and, our therapeutic provision by offering young children the chance to live and play on their own or in groups appropriately supervised by adults, thus allowing them to understand the importance of boundaries, structure and negotiation whilst giving children a childhood. We are within commuting distance of Shrewbury, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Walsall and other surrounding towns and villages.
About the Role
Working as a Support Worker you will join an established and experienced care team in the mentoring and educating of children and young people who can display challenging behaviour. This position focuses on developing independent life skills whilst providing a therapeutic care environment. Staff are also involved in participating in a range of activities which are children enjoy, this includes swimming, athletics, camping, ice skating, bowling and day trips to local centres.
This role is offered on a full time basis, working on a 1 on 2 off or 2 on 4 off shift pattern which is inclusive of sleep-ins.
Following a thorough induction and training programme, your duties will include:
- Supporting, mentoring and educating our children in day to day activities to develop their emotional and social needs
- Developing personal and practical skills to enhance independent living
- Positive engagement to encourage our children and young adults in their development
- Reporting and recording key aspects of care and developing your professional skills as part of on-going development
- Managing complex behaviour that can be challenging
Key Skills required:
- Hold or be willing to work towards the Level 3 Diploma for Residential Child Care or equivalent qualification
- Ability to provide a consistent and structured approach to the care and support you provide
- Able to work independently and as part of a team
- Previous experience working with children and young adults with challenging behaviour
- Have the flexibility and willingness to work shifts, including weekends
- Hold a Full UK Driving Licence and be prepared to drive as part of the role
Why work for us
- Social activities
- "Your Wellbeing Matters"
- Employee Rewards Hub
- No two days are ever the same
- Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
- Opportunity to enrich the lives of children and make a positive difference
- Continuous professional development and training for a clear career path
- (Any other site specific or role specific benefits such as an NVQ 3 qualification, Free meals, Employee of the month etc)
About the Group
We are part of Acorn Education and Care and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.
We provide Education and Care across a number of schools and residential homes nationally. Our specialist SEN provision, coupled with our expertise within residential care means we offer thousands of vulnerable children across the UK a holistic, wraparound care, residential and education service, empowering them with everything they need to flourish. It is by no accident that 94% of our schools and homes are rated as 'Outstanding' or 'Good'.
We welcome staff who share our commitment to help children experience better days and better lives. Through ongoing development and training, we ensure our staff are well prepared for their jobs and given every opportunity to extend their skills.
Applications are invited online though the Acorn Education & Care Website (www.acorncare.co.uk). If you require further information please contact the Recruitment Team on 01204 522667.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS. We expect all our employees to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best outcome possible for everybody in our care. A full application form must be completed with all employment dates accurate and gaps in employment accounted for.