Support Workers– Residential Home – Dudley
Young People 11 - 18 years’ old
Salary £19,974, rising to £20,721 upon successful completion of probationary period
40 hours per week, shift and weekend work
Our vision is for every child and young person to be safe, loved and happy, to achieve their potential and have a bright future.
St Christopher's is a leading charity for children and young people and we are proud of our history for providing children’s homes, fostering and a range of innovative leaving care services across the UK & Isle of Man. We have a passionate commitment to our children and young people, placing them at the centre of everything we do. We provide positive life experiences for our children and young
At St Christopher`s we provide more than just a job in residential care. We offer an industry leading training programme, access to qualifications, with a range of employee benefits and of course wider career progression.
We are an equal opportunity employer and keen to develop an inclusive workforce were people feel they belong. We hope to attract application from under- represented groups including people from different cultures, nationalities, socio economic backgrounds, ages, disabilities, religion, faith, sex, orientation, child care responsibilities and with gender diverse identities.
About the Role
Our Children's Home in Dudley is a solo provision designed to meet the needs of children with Complex emotional and behavioural difficulties.
As a Support Worker of a solo provision, you will be expected to lone work and the home will offer a staffing ratio of 1 staff to 1 child. You will be involved in the direct day to day support of young people aged 11 to 18 years of age joining in with activities, coaching on life skills, helping with homework and being a positive role model. You will also complete detailed records, write reports and assist with the general upkeep of the home.
We aim to improve young people’s self-esteem so they believe in themselves and feel confident enough to reach for their dreams.
Benefits of working in a solo provision
- Rewarding nature of being able to provide one-to-one, personalised care and support to the child
- The opportunity that lone working provides to build and sustain relationships with the children you care for and look after
- Staff to seek to provide a positive and unique solo living experience, children to develop relationships, build and develop social skills and enable the child to feel empowered and feel included within the wider community.
Applicants should have:
- Professional Qualification Diploma Level 3 for Residential Childcare or equivalent.
- Two years’ experience working with children and young people preferably in a residential setting.
- An understanding of the regulatory framework relating to the provision of residential services for children and young people.
- Good understanding of the needs and risks regarding children in care
- Ability to build genuine and trusting relationships with children and young people maintaining at all times high personal and professional standards.
- Excellent communication and team working skills.
- Flexibility to work shifts including evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays, and to participate in sleep ins.
In return we offer:
- Salary £19,974, rising to £20,721 upon successful completion of probationary period.
- Competitive pay and reward structure offering salary progression based on performance.
- A friendly working environment, a fun, open and honest culture.
- 25 days holiday rising to 27 days after 3 years’ service, plus Bank Holidays, pro-rata.
- Industry Leading training programme including access to level 3 qualifications, children’s right and participation, CSE, empowerment, mental health and Social Pedagogy.
- Contributory pension scheme, Enhanced Maternity and Company Sick Scheme.
- BUPA Employee Assistance Programme, offering counselling, financial advice and legal support.
- Interest-free season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme.
- Discount shopping scheme at hundreds of retailers across the UK.
- Discretionary Funded Training Programs.
- Employee Awards based on performance and length of service.
- Fantastic opportunities to develop your career within our range of services. 84% of all our Team Leaders, Deputies and Managers are internal promotions.
At St Christopher’s we are committed to the safeguarding of all children and young people in our care. During the recruitment process you will be expected to complete an online application form to ensure we capture essential information to meet legislation, best practice and vetting requirements.
Applicants will ideally already be on the DBS Update Service; if this is not the case St Christopher's will carry out a DBS (police) check prior to starting.
Your online application must include a supporting statement addressing the criteria stated in the Person Specification. For the full Job Description and Person Specification click here.
For more information or assistance during the application process, please visit our website.
We advise to apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and this opportunity might be filled before the stated closing date.
St Christopher’s Fellowship has a minimum age requirement of 21 for roles working directly with children and young people in our residential and semi-independent Homes.