Achieving for Children is a Community Interest Company that has a public sector ethos, combined with the freedom to innovate enabling us to do things differently. As a not-for-profit social enterprise owned by three local authorities (Windsor & Maidenhead, Kingston and Richmond), we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. To find out more about us click here.
We are responsible for the entire range of children’s education, health and social care services in all three boroughs. We use a Signs of Safety practice model and approach which ensures the voice of the child is at the heart of everything we do. There’s never been a better time to join AfC, we are growing our workforce, implementing new flexible working arrangements and have increased our virtual wellbeing offer.
We now have the following job opportunity available and we would be delighted to receive your application to continue our story. You can download the Job Profile which is shown within the "Documents" heading on the left hand side, above the map.
Residential Childcare Worker
Hope House is the first children’s home within Achieving for Children. We look after up to five children aged 10-17 with emotional and behavioural difficulties. You will provide day to day care of children and young people within a family based environment that promotes positive attachments and relationships, working within the wider framework of professionals and families in order to understand a child’s life experience and respond and act in ways that promote a child’s opportunities and potential.
The role requires shift work across 7 days a week, over the full year including Christmas and New Year, with a sleep in requirement and waking nights where needed.
About the role
You will work directly with children providing the best quality of personalised care that meets their needs. Through the process of building meaningful relationships you will be part of a team that provides warmth, nurture and care for very vulnerable young people. You will contribute to developing and maintaining a stimulating, nurturing home where children feel happy, cared for and safe.
The young people we look after have experienced significant trauma which requires high levels of compassion, empathy, resilience and understanding. Due to this trauma, they can present with challenging behaviour, including self harm, physical outbursts towards staff and each other and a variety of other risk-taking behaviour. We have a responsibility to make them feel safe and cared for. All staff are integral to the running of the home and contribute to team meetings, shift debriefs, supervision and appraisal, whilst also, with support, leading shifts.
As Residential Childcare Worker in Hope House you will be responsible for:
- Recognising signs of abuse and trauma and deal with safeguarding issues appropriately when they arise
- Recognising and dealing with conflict and challenging behaviours and situations with young people
- Working therapeutically within a secure base framework
If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Hannah Phillips, Registered Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org to request an informal discussion.
To be Residential Childcare Worker for AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following points:
- Diploma level 3 in caring for children and young people is desirable
- Personal determination, drive, energy and ambition to overcome obstacles, achieve challenging objectives, celebrate success and deliver excellent outcomes for children. Taking a strength based approach to managing situations
- Ability to engage appropriately with young people and develop rapport
- Ability to cope with the pressures of a residential care setting
About our benefits
We are focused on creating a positive supportive environment, where you will have access to a really wide range of resources, as well as a competitive salary and all the perks to work remotely. In AfC you will also have access to:
- Tailored induction sessions commencing on the date you start working for AfC
- Stable and supportive leadership
- Hybrid and mobile working with latest technology to facilitate this
- Local Government salary and pension scheme (LGPS or Teachers Pension)
- Holiday package upto 34 days per year with option to purchase additional leave
- Flexible working options - helping to keep a good work life balance
- A comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme, offering support for the whole family
- A range of staff benefits and discounts
- A excellent learning and development offer to support your career pathway
To find out about all of the breadth of benefits of working for Achieving for Children click here.
Start dates: Achieving for Children have set start dates meaning successful candidates join on a set date in each month. Candidates are advised to prepare for this should a job offer be accepted to ensure eligible continuous service is not affected.
Right to work: The UK has introduced a new points-based immigration system affecting EU and Non-EU workers and sponsorship requirements. We advise checking the GOV.UK website for right to work guidance.
Equality: We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our teams. Achieving for Children are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.
Safeguarding: We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.