Job Details

Service Overview

Hillcrest The Bartons is an Ofsted ‘Good’ registered independent children’s home offering residential care for children & young people aged 11-16 years with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. This 8 bedded home is set in a rural location near Chipping Norton and offers a holistic model of care and education for the residents, which is designed to provide an enriching and positive environment.  The home is supported by a specialist independent Ofsted registered school that provides our residents a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum to support their personal and academic needs. The Bartons is within commutable distance from Banbury, Charlbury, Kingham, Oxford, Bicester and other surrounding towns and villages.

Hillcrest Children’s Services is a national provider of specialist therapeutic children’s homes and schools for boys and girls with social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH). Our services offer a stable, secure and supportive environment, in which the children and young people we care for can develop the skills and confidence necessary to help them fulfil their potential.

Job Summary and Duties

Working as a Bank Residential Care Worker for The Bartons you will join an established and experienced care team in the mentoring and education of children and young people who can display challenging behaviour. This position focuses on developing independent life skills whilst providing a therapeutic care environment. To actively support the young people there are a range of activities which may include sailing, canoeing, mountain biking, fishing, swimming, football and other community based activities. If there are any activities or hobbies that you have a particular interest in this is an ideal opportunity to bring your knowledge and experience of these to enhance the lives of the young people.

This role is offered on a bank contract and will give you the flexibility to choose your hours against our shift availability. It will also give you the opportunity to undertake our training and have access to our internal permanent vacancies should you wish to progress within the company.

Following a thorough induction and training programme, your duties will include: 

  • Supporting, mentoring and educating our children in day to day activities to develop their emotional and social needs   
  • Developing personal and practical skills to enhance independent living   
  • Positive engagement to encourage our children and young adults in their development    
  • Reporting and recording key aspects of care and developing your professional skills as part of on-going development   
  • Managing complex behaviour that can be challenging  

In return our benefits include:

  • Enhanced induction and training opportunities
  • Attractive holiday entitlement
  • Automatic pension scheme enrolment
  • Discounted retail vouchers
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme
  • The chance to earn additional payments through our Refer a Friend scheme

Key Skills Required

  • Hold or be willing to work towards the Level 3 Diploma for Residential Child Care or equivalent qualification   
  • Ability to provide consistent and structured approach to the care and support you provide   
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team   
  • Previous experience working with children and young adults with challenging behaviour    
  • Have the flexibility and willingness to work shifts, including weekends   
  • Hold a Full UK Driving Licence and be prepared to drive as part of the role

Please apply online now or call 0330 998 0441 for Recruitment for further information. 

Please also note, we reserve the right to close the vacancy early should we receive a significant number of suitable applications. 

Outcomes First Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of everyone in our care and therefore this post is subject to an enhanced DBS check where suitable references will be sought prior to your employment start date