The starting salary is £27,897 per annum based on a 36-hour week plus an additional, generous unsocial hours payment for working sleep-ins, weekends and bank holidays.
Not local to Surrey? Not a problem! We can offer relocation assistance, so please contact us if you'd like to learn more about how to qualify for this.
Our offer for you:
- 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service - with the option to buy up to an additional 10 days
- The option to enter into a generous Local Government Pension Scheme
- A well supported sick leave and absence offer
- Excellent training and development opportunities
- Relocation bonus
- A 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme
- Car lease scheme and many more discounted life-style benefits
Are you ready to start an exciting and rewarding career caring for children in one of our children's homes in Redhill?
Our Extended Hope Service is a specialist facility that provides short stays for children and young people in mental health or emotional crisis and we are looking for Waking Night staff who have the enthusiasm and creativity to enhance and improve the lived experiences of these young people.
As a Residential Waking Night Worker you will play a key role in ensuring our children and young people receive safe and supportive care throughout the night. You will support children and young people to follow their evening routines to settle and sleep well and will act as a positive and reliable role model. You will build meaningful relationships with the children and young people and will use Dialectical Behaviour Therapy informed practice to support all aspects of your work, including managing risk and vulnerability.
Along with a dedicated and committed team we will support you to achieve the mandatory, nationally recognised, Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare (within two years of starting) if you don't already have this. Gaining this qualification will open opportunities for you to progress to a Senior Residential Worker (starting at £31,262 per annum) along with helping you grow the skills needed to be an effective Residential Worker.
We're looking for people with:
- GCSEs in English and Maths (or equivalent)
- A passion and commitment for working with children and young people
- Some understanding of the issues that may affect children and young people with emotional and/or mental health issues
- An ability to remain calm and confident in a range of situations
- A commitment to working evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays
Due to our legal obligations, we can only accept applications from people 22 years old and above.
You will need to the willingness and ability to travel to meet the demands of the role.
So, if you think you have what it takes, can match our energy to be exceptional, and are willing to learn, we (and our children) really want to hear from you.
This advert closes at 23:59 on 13th December 2023.
To apply you will need to upload your CV and answer the following questions:
- Looking at our advert please tell us what it is about the role that has motivated you to apply?
- Please tell us about the relevant experience or transferable skills you have in relation to this role?
- What three qualities do you have that would make you a good Support Worker and why will these be important?
- Please tell us how you would you handle a situation where challenging behaviour was present? Please offer a relevant example if you can.
If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to a short first round virtual interview to explore your answers to the above questions (lasting approx. 10-15 min), and if successful following this, invited to meet us for an interview.
We are committed to the safe recruitment of staff in our Residential homes across Surrey therefore if you are successful in being offered a role within our service, we will work with you to collect all required checks in line with government guidance.
An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.
Surrey County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. A guaranteed interview will be offered to all disabled applications where:
- The candidate has evidenced the minimum criteria for the role through their application
- The candidate has chosen to share that they have a disability on the application form
Our application form and onboarding process will provide an opportunity to request any reasonable adjustments for the interview and/or the role.
We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.