Job Details

Job Title:               Senior Support Worker

Location:               Tadley

Salary:                   £24,327.79 per annum (£11.11 per hour) plus £45 per sleep in

Hours:                    42.11 hours per week (2 days on, 3 days off: 7am - 10pm, sleep, 7am - 10pm)

Contract:               Permanent

Essential:  Level 4 Apprenticeship for Children Young People and Families Practitioner OR equivalent Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare

Everyone deserves an incredible future!

Continue your residential care career and become a Senior Care Worker with Acorn Education and Care and start continue developing yours.

Ashley is a 6-bed home which offers a holistic model of care and education for young people aged 7-18, which is designed to provide an enriching and positive environment to enriching life experiences. The young people in this home all have Social, Emotional, Mental Health difficulties (SEMH) and our aim is to help these young people achieve their full potential and prepare them for future independence. Ashley is committed to this aim by working in partnership with relevant agencies, facilitating further education, training and employment opportunities. We make every effort to effectively engage and work with relevant persons involved in young people's care with the aim of ensuring that each young person's needs are met.

This home is based in Tadley, and is within commuting distance from Newbury, Swindon and Reading.

The opportunity

This is a role with an exciting career and development plan, structured to ensure our staff are trained, supported, and continually developed. We want to give you the best possible toolkit, to deliver outstanding care and support to our Children and young people and help them achieve incredible outcomes.

There will be a thorough induction, fully expensed training courses, and pairing with a buddy, which together will help you expand your knowledge, get qualifications, and prepare to develop your career even further towards a Team Manager or Deputy Manager position. It is an incredible opportunity to further your career and see it flourish.

The Role

Acorn Education and Care work directly with vulnerable children with Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) and complex needs. You will be patient and compassionate and, most of all, dependable – working hard to forge a much-needed relationship of trust with those in your care.

This will involve learning about the young person’s interests as well as their dislikes and their triggers, using that connection as a launchpad for a rewarding relationship. A passion for this kind of relationship-building is essential.

You will be responsible for the wellbeing of the children or young people in your care. This will include chaperoning the children to appointments and activities, completing relevant paperwork, undertaking household tasks, and where appropriate administering medication. You will also lead, train and develop new and existing care workers within your team, helping the deputy manager to maintain a skilled and knowledgeable team in order to deliver the best care for our Children and Young People.

Working as part of an incredible committed team, you will co-operate and share knowledge and learning to the benefit of great care. Excellent communication skills are essential, both in terms of teamwork and – most importantly – as you will be in close contact with the children you care for.

Kindness is key. In this role, a warm smile can make a massive difference.

Who are we are looking for?

To become a Senior Care Worker with us, you will need to have achieved your Level 4 Apprenticeship for Children Young People and Families Practitioner, or NVQ equivalent. You should also have at least 1 year’s hands on experience in a similar residential environment.

We know that the children and young people in our care can be challenging, and we are looking for Care Workers who are up for that challenge. You will be patient and resilient, and able to recognise the reward in transforming a young person’s life. You will take care of everyday needs, using a calm, reliable approach that builds trust and confidence.

You will be friendly, approachable and kind in your dealings with your team and children and young people. You will be committed to giving them the space and opportunity to thrive, playing your part in creating a nurturing environment in which they can fulfil their potential.

You will play a key role in the smooth-running of the site, and you will have a good grasp of safety and hygiene, and a conscientious dedication to the young people’s wellbeing. This is a role in which attention to detail really counts – and one that touches the real lives of people every day

Why join Acorn Education and Care?

  • We are a values-driven organisation that puts people first
  • We provide continuous professional development to take your career further
  • Funded accredited courses to develop your career
  • Discounted Gym membership and shopping vouchers
  • We build our bonds through a great social events calendar
  • Our Your Wellbeing Matters initiative provides total support
  • Our Employees Rewards Hub offers great rewards such as discount vouchers
  • Holidays are equivalent to 5.6 weeks per annum
  • £11.11 per hour
  • Earn £1000 by referring a friend
  • Further earning potential through sleep ins and overtime

We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS.

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