Residential Childcare Worker

Job Title:              Residential Childcare Worker

Location:             Oakham, Rutland

Salary:                  £21,294 – £22,477 plus £45 per sleep in 

Hours:                  45.5 per week

Contract:             Permanent, full-time

Can you enrich the lives of young people as a Residential Childcare Worker?

We are looking for responsible, caring people to join our fantastic team at The Shires as a Residential Childcare Worker. As a Childcare Worker you will support our children and young people in their daily lives, ensuring they are safe, comfortable, and healthy.

This is a great opportunity to start or continue your career in care, working as part of a team committed to helping children with varied and complex needs. Your work will be challenging and rewarding in equal measure and you will be working in a setting where we maintain a strong safeguarding culture, where children and young people are listened to, respected and involved in as many decisions as possible.

Our Childcare workers carry out an essential and varied role to provide the individual, bespoke, support required by the children and young people in our care. You will chaperone the children to appointments and activities such as shopping or trips to the zoo, complete relevant paperwork, deliver personal care, undertake household tasks, and where appropriate administer medication.

Quality is always top of our agenda and we pride ourselves on the quality of what we do. We are looking for a Childcare worker, who shares our vision to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK, to be happy and to make their way in the world.

Previous experience in a care setting would be great but isn’t essential as full training will be given, and the right motivation, personal qualities and levels of resilience are just as important. These roles are ideal for people working in customer facing industries including retail, hospitality and leisure, looking for a new role that makes a real difference to children’s lives and futures.

Already qualified to or willing to work towards your NVQ3 in Health & Social Care, you will be calm, engaging, resilient, able to work the required shifts, and be motivated to provide a safe, caring environment where every child can thrive.

About us:

The Shires consists of four sites all within a 15 minute drive of one another. The Shires is a Special Educational Needs (SEN) School and Children’s Residential home within the Acorn Care and Education and NFA Group – the UK’s Largest, Independent Children’s Services group. We cater for young people aged 11-19 years who have been diagnosed with Autism and may have accompanying learning disabilities, behavioural problems or medical conditions. The Shires Oakham is both a Residential home and School for up to 8 young people who have Autism, who may also other associated medical conditions such as visual impairment.

The ethos of The Shires is very much characterised by a ‘can do’ attitude and the site at Oakham look after 8 children. Staff share the value of creating a home-from-home for children that reflects a family atmosphere, and cater for the children on an individual basis and ensure they are well-supported.

For over 16 years Options Autism have provided care and education to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning difficulties. As part of Outcomes First Group we are leading our sector in setting and delivering new approaches that provide measurable outcomes for those in our care.

Why join us?

We offer a friendly and inclusive working environment and the chance to be part of a fantastic multidisciplinary team, who work hard and support each other to deliver personalised, bespoke education & care. Our benefits package includes free parking, shopping discounts and cashback via our ‘Rewards Hub’, and access to content on mindfulness, fitness, recipes and much more as part of our ‘Your Wellbeing Matters’ programme.

As well as opportunities for internal promotion, you will have access to high-quality Continuing Professional Development to help pursue your own personal goals. We also offer accredited training programmes including Diplomas and NVQs, supplemented by ongoing learning opportunities.

Ultimately, all of our roles give you the opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference.

Application process & dates

In line with our safer recruitment process, all applicants will have to complete a full application form through our company website, which we ask to be completed in full ASAP. Interviews will be distributed on a first come first served base. We are looking to start the successful applicants as soon as possible, upon the completion of satisfactory references and pre-employment checks.

Options Autism is part of Outcomes First Group. We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS.