Children’s Support Worker

Job Title:               Children's Support Worker

Location:              Stretton

Salary:                  £19,656 – £20,748 (£9.00 – £9.50 per hour)

Hours:                  42 hours per week, No Fixed Pattern

Contract:              Permanent

Can you enrich the lives of young people as a Children's Support Worker?

We are looking for responsible, caring people to join our fantastic team at The Shires, Stretton as a Children's Support Worker. As a Support 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 Support 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 Children's Support 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 4 sites all within a 15minute of one another. The Shires Stretton is Special Education Needs (SEN) School and residential home within the Acorn Care and Education and NFA Group-the UK's largest, Independent Children's service group. We cater for young people aged 11-19 who have been diagnosed with Autism and may have accompanying learning disabilities, behavioural problems or medical conditions.

The ethos of the Shires is very much characterised by a 'Can do' attitude. Staff share the value of creating a home for children that is not institutionalised and reflects a family atmosphere. they cater for the children on an individual basis and ensure they all receive the support they need.

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 bases. We look 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