Job Details

Senior Residential Care Worker

Location:                      Hungerford, Berkshire.

Salary:                         Up to £26,000 dependent on experience

Hours:                          7 days on / 7 days off

Contract:                      Permanent, Full Time


Service Overview

Hillcrest Spinney House is an Ofsted ‘good’ registered independent children’s home offering residential care for children & young people between the ages of 7 – 17, with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. The 5 bedded home is located in a rural, private estate in West Berkshire and offers a therapeutic model of care to the children we support 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, balance and differentiated curriculum to support their personal and academic needs. Spinney house is located in the Newbury area and is within easy access from Swindon, Oxford, Andover, Basingstoke and Reading. 

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 Senior Residential Care Worker you will be supporting management by supervising a team of support workers on a day to day basis and co-ordinating the shifts within the residential home. You will ensure smooth and consistent care practices are operating within a safe and homely environment to encourage positive behaviours to which the children and young people care develop and grow within. 

This role is offered on a full time basis working on a 7 on 7 off shift pattern, plus sleep in duties which are paid at an additional rate. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who has previous experience in residential child care looking to take the next step into a supervisory position. 

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

  • Leading shifts and supervising junior members of staff 
  • Undertake agreed, delegated management responsibilities on an ongoing basis 
  • Supporting the young people’s emotional needs 
  • Contributing towards maintaining a safe, warm and homely environment 
  • Building effective relationships with both the young people and key stakeholders 
  • Reporting and recording key aspects of care 
  • Managing challenging behaviours 



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  

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.