Day/Night/Bank Residential Workers required.

Closing Date

ASN Residential Childcare Worker - Davidshill Farm

Shifts: Days

Locations: Dalry, North Ayrshire

Job Type: Full-time, permanent

Salary Scale £21,985 - £27,747

*£500 Welcome Bonus *£1000 Recommend A Friend Bonus!

Residential Childcare Worker - Davidshill Farm (Dalry)

*£500 Welcome Bonus *£1000 Recommend A Friend Bonus!

​Manual Driving License is a Necessity Due to Rural Location

Working hours- 40hrs Per week, as part of a rota which includes a combination of early and late shifts and rotational weekend working.

About us

Spark of Genius is one of Scotland’s largest residential child care providers. For over 25 years, we have been delivering high quality care to young people who need to be looked after. Spark of Genius is also part of the UK-wide CareTech family who are committed to providing each child with opportunities to have their individual needs met.

About the Service

Our service is a large, attractive farm house set in its own self-contained grounds within the countryside in North Ayrshire. The house is a 5 bedded service offering a therapeutic and peaceful environment for the young people to learn, grow and develop.

The Role and Responsibilities

You will be part of a team who are responsible for ensuring that our children and young people are nurtured and cared for in every element of their lives and overall well-being.   You will have an insight into how to respond sensitively and helpfully to vulnerable young people through engagement and play emphasis on having trusting, warm and honest relationships that promote safety and stability. 

We are looking for Child Care professionals who are passionate and innovative about their role as a key worker and view it more than a job. This career will enable you to help young people have a fulfilled life and reach their full potential. The role will allow you to educate the Rights of children and young people in our care and be both their advocate and corporate parent.  You will accompany young people to and from education establishments and facilitate family time.  Independence should be promoted through life skills in order to help our young people prepare for later life and most importantly exposure to live life to the fullest.

Child Protection

Spark of Genius holds a solemn commitment to prioritising child protection and safeguarding throughout our recruitment process into employment. Candidates can expect a thorough and rigorous recruitment and selection process including PVG Scheme checks to ensure this commitment is not compromised. 

Our children and young people have often experienced trauma and early years attachment difficulties.  In addition, they may have serious physical and mental health needs and or additional support needs. We offer our young people understanding through meaningful relationships, aimed at keeping them safe whilst being able to enjoy the world around them. We desire excellent communication skills and engagement to fully understand their needs views, wishes and feelings.

The role can be extremely challenging at times and requires patience, resilience, self-motivation and determination. With the challenges come an abundance of fulfillment and reward.

Essential Qualities that we look for include:

Core values that our young people will benefit from.
A genuine care and understanding of why young people may display emotional distress in many forms.
A nurturing and caring nature to build relationships
An engaging personality, allowing you to form non-judgemental relationships
A consistent and professional manner
An active and supportive listener
Deeply empathetic to situations
An overall interest in young people’s well being
Highly responsible and accountable when it comes to safeguarding our children and young people
A resilient approach to the role
A willingness to learn and develop your skills and abilities
Proficient IT skills and experienced in using Microsoft packages

Essential criteria:

A full UK driver's licence
A Willingness to commit to qualifications recognised by the SSSC
Working in line with the National Care standards and SSSC Codes of Practice
To safeguard young people and report all Child Care concerns
To provide helpful responses to young people and use a range of therapeutic interventions
Build upon relationships and engage in activities that promote both experiences and learning as a key worker
The ability to manage difficult situations
To engage with professionals and families


As part of this role, we offer a range of specialist training programmes to support you in your work and invest in your professional development. These include:

Fully Paid induction programme
Every Second Counts: bespoke training on the role of a residential childcare worker
Therapeutic crisis intervention training to assist young people in regulating their emotions when they are in crisis.
Child protection training
Relax kids training
Attachment and trauma training
Full suite of e-learning modules available that provide continuous knowledge and development.

In support and recognition of our colleagues who will help us deliver our employer strategy, we offer a fantastic benefits package. This includes;

Full Time Contract
Competitive Rates of Pay
Free PVG check
Pension Scheme
Free Training
Paid Induction
*£1000 Recommend A Friend Bonus!
*£500 Welcome Bonus

Due to the nature of the role, it will be necessary for all Residential Childcare Workers to be subject to a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check by Disclosure Scotland and achieve membership of the scheme prior to commencing work with us. CareTech will cover the cost of this check.