We are looking for a dedicated, passionate and committed Residential Child Care Worker to join our residential team in our highly successful academy, which holds a Good Ofsted status. This post involves working with boys aged 10 -16 years who have social, emotional and mental health needs.
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Staff need to be able to work as part of a team as well as use their own initiative in this fast paced and fun environment. The residential team work closely with the school and aim to provide a balanced 24-hour curriculum to meet individual and group needs. Staff must be caring, nurturing and fair to enable the students to develop positive and trusting relationships. A good sense of humor is essential.
There is a strong emphasis on activities to learn new skills and to help develop confidence and self-regulation. Staff are encouraged and expected to take part by being enthusiastic and willing to support those that are struggling.
40.75 hours per week based on a shift rota, involving day & evening shifts. Evening shifts include: Monday to Thursday 2.30pm to 10.45pm. Day shifts are: Monday to Friday 7.30am to 3.30pm and sleeping in duties also apply to this post of which the NJC Sleeping-in Duty payment is payable. No weekend shifts, public holiday or school holiday shifts are required.
The primary role of a Residential Child Care Worker is to support the students from the point of leaving school, during the evening and until the following morning when they go back off to school.
Once students arrive from school staff support them by making healthy snacks, agreeing activities, talking about their day and encouraging the students to have a shower and get changed.
Staff encourage students to choose at least one physical activity which staff will support and get involved with. We then eat together at dinner time before going off for our second activity such as playing in the park, visiting the beach, playing on skateboards, playing board games, having a quiz or going to bowling/cinema/golf etc. Later in the evening we help with school work, watch TV or a film before the students are supported to go to bed after a story or chat before staff complete evening reports. In the morning staff wake the students to get ready and go off to breakfast ready for their school day.
Staff are expected to attend residential holidays when needed and undertake driving duties as required.
In addition, residential staff write and agree placement plans, risk assessments, activity rotas and review reports when required. During the school day staff support in the school for on call duties, activity events and training.
Throughout, staff participate in the general supervision of students, ensure that students adhere to acceptable standards of behaviour, give sensitive and effective care in a safe and supportive environment so that students enjoy a calm and relaxed group living experience
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