Residential Child Care Worker
Grade 7+2, scp 12 -20, £22,183 – 25,991 (dependant on experience and qualifications) plus additional sleep in payments
We are embarking on a significant transformation programme to strengthen our residential care offer to vulnerable children and young people and are offering exciting career opportunities in this area. We are very proud of our employees and the services that we provide for children in Shropshire and hope to continue to provide high quality care for more of Shropshire’s children and young people.
We are seeking people who are passionate about improving lives of some of the most vulnerable children and young people in looked after care and can show understanding, compassion and empathy whilst providing a high-quality care.
We are looking for flexible and dynamic people to join us in providing care and support to children who have complex needs, may display socially unaware behaviour and may have experienced abuse, neglect and trauma.
Previous experience or qualifications are not required; as we offer a comprehensive training package. However, you will need to be caring, resilient and motivated.
Shropshire Council residential services have an excellent reputation as an employer; the two existing homes have had a consistent staff team for a number of years that feel valued and respected. Here are the some of the things existing members of the residential teams have said:
“I have enjoyed working as an RCW for a number of years, I find my job very rewarding and love seeing the young people achieve outcomes and progress. I enjoy the structure and professionalism that working for the council brings”
“I recently moved from the Private Sector to children’s services for Shropshire Council. I feel more respected in my role and feel I have more of a direct impact on the progression of each young person I work with. I am also enjoying the additional incentives that the local authority provide such as additional holiday entitlement, opportunities for enhanced pay and knowing that my pension is growing along with my career”
“I have been working for Shropshire Council for ten years now and find it a really supportive and rewarding environment; there is a great sense of team from all that work for children’s services”
“I love my job looking after Shropshire’s children. I feel supported in my role and get a lot of satisfaction in giving back to my local community”
We offer a rewarding career with excellent employment benefits;
- Comprehensive induction training programme
- Access to a wide range of relevant and continuous professional development training opportunities
- Local government pension scheme with a generous employer pension contribution
- Consistent rota pattern
- Local and national rewards and benefits scheme
- A generous annual leave entitlement of 27 days per annum rising to a maximum of 32 days after 5 years’ service.
- Opportunities for career progression as part of a multi-disciplinary team
Working for the council means putting the children and young people before anything else; the residential growth project is part of achieving this, meaning that we can put achieving outcomes for young people at the fore-front of our service.
The role of a Residential Care worker is exciting and fulfilling. You will be responsible for the day to day care of the young people ensuring that their needs are met in line with a structured care plan. It can be challenging at times but every day is different and watching a child grow and achieve their full potential can give you a huge sense of pride and achievement.
Joining the residential homes team you will work 37 hours per week across three weeks as part of a rota, helping to provide child centred care 7 days a week including some early mornings, days, evenings and weekends. You will also be required to be available to sleep-in as part of the rota.
You will be an important part of the wider Children’s Services multi-disciplinary team of professionals including social workers, outreach workers and early intervention teams all working towards and supporting children and young people in our care, to reach their full potential.
We support Equal Opportunity of employment and positively encourages applications from people in underrepresented groups such as people with disabilities or from a minority ethnic group.
When completing your application please refer to your skills knowledge and experience in relation to the Person Specification and Job Description, this should be done with an understanding of the context of the service described.
The minimum age requirement for this role is 21. It is essential that you hold a full driving licence
Successful candidates will be required to provide an enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service.