Job Details

Residential Care Worker

Location:         Tadley, Hants.

Salary:             £18,720-£19,760 

Hours:              2 days on, 2 days off 

Contract:          Permanent, Full Time

If you have been affected by Covid-19 and you are looking for a secure job, we may have the role for you! We are happy to review candidates who do not necessarily have Residential care experience. If you have worked within a role where skills such as de-escalation, helping with challenging behaviour and keeping calm under pressure were utilised, please do apply.  

Service Overview

Acorn Cottage is an Ofsted ‘Good’ registered 6 bed residential provision for boys aged between 7-18 with Social Emotional Mental Health challenges (SEMH) We require a Residential Support Worker to join our team. Based in Tadley, you can easily reach the services from Basingstoke, Newbury, Slough, Reading and the surrounding areas. Acorn Cottage is set in a rural location in North Hampshire, offer holistic models of care and education for the residents, which is designed to provide an enriching and positive environment.

Acorn Education and Care 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.

Who we are looking for?

Acorn Cottage are looking for candidates who can use their interests to engage with the children we work with. If you love boxing, sports, cooking, animals, hair and beauty, orienteering, video games etc. and you are a confident person, who has engaged with challenging behaviour, we would love to hear from you. Our children need support workers who are caring and empathetic but also supportive and reliable and who can confidently take control of a challenging situation to show our children and young people they are safe and secure. 

Benefits of working for us: 

  • 20 paid Holiday days, this equates to 3 weeks off 3 times a year- taking into consideration the rota pattern
  • "Your Wellbeing Matters" 
  • Employee Rewards Hub
  • No two days are ever the same
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Continuous professional development and training for a clear career path

Job Summary and Duties:

Working as a Residential Care Worker you will join an established and experienced care team in the mentoring and educating of children and young people who can display challenging behaviour. This position focuses on developing independent life skills whilst providing a therapeutic caring environment. Staff are also involved in participating in a range of activities which are children enjoy, this includes football, rugby, swimming, bike rides, camping, holidays away and day trips to local centres.  

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  

 Skills, Knowledge and Aptitudes:

  • You must hold or be willing to work towards a 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, or transferrable skills to allow 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.

Acorn Education and Care is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of everyone in our care. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and suitable references will be sought prior to your employment start date.