Residential Child Care Worker (Riverside House)
Shifts: 40 Hours Per Week (Dayshifts and Nightshifts positions available)
Job Type: Permanent
Salary Scale £21,985 - £27,747
*£500 Welcome Bonus *£1000 Recommend A Friend Bonus!
Due to Remote Location, Driving Licence would be Beneficial
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 children and 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
A large Victorian house set in a small village in East Ayrshire. The main house comprises of 6 bedrooms with a self-contained flat in the basement level of the home, a perfect transition for those young people who are ready to live semi-independently, offering a therapeutic and peaceful environment for the young people to learn, grow and develop.
The grounds themselves have a winding driveway leading to the entrance, a central courtyard and considerable space to the side and rear of the house for play, outdoor activities (trampoline, swing play area) and relaxation.
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.
In your new role
This is an opportunity to be part of a dedicated and trauma-informed team, and to work directly with young people with a range of needs connected to their individual life experiences and childhood adversity. You will place child protection above all else and at the forefront of your practice, ensuring you take personal responsibility for responding, recording and reporting.
This is also a chance to make a difference to outcomes for young people! Our mission is to make Every Second Count, to help us succeed you will:
- Work in a positive, respectful and empowering way with all young people in order to promote good relationships and encourage achievements.
- Work as part of a team to meet the social, emotional and mental health needs of our children and young people
- Participate in and encourage the participation of the young people in evolving their care journey
- Write review reports, risk assessment and contribute to care plans
- liaise with parents and partners agencies to ensure that the best interests of the young people are respected and promoted at all times.
- The homes support children and young people aged mainly between 5-21 whose circumstances mean they cannot live with their families
You will ideally have:
- Good understanding of the developmental needs and milestones of young people.
- Experience of working with children and families.
- Driving Licence
- Ability to communicate, engage and form positive relationships with young people, parent/carers and other professionals.
- Ability to produce clear and concise written reports and records of good standard and verbally present information and views.
- Ability to challenge individuals where necessary, remain calm and objective in difficult situations.
- HNC in Social Care, SVQ level 3 in Care or equivalent qualification, or the ability to undertake these qualifications
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.
Any data received in applications will be used for recruitment purposes within Spark of Genius and CareTech only.
Recruitment Paperwork and Policies
- Guidance Notes Scotland86KB
- Guidance Notes England46KB
- Equal Opportunities Policy474KB
- Recruitment of Ex-offenders Policy Scotland94KB
- Recruitment of Ex-offenders Policy England70KB
- Protection of Children and Young People Policy88KB
- DBS Policy86KB
- Vision and Aims76KB
- Evidence of Proof to Work in the UK26KB