This role has a starting salary of £27,897 per annum based on a 36-hour week plus enhanced rates of pay for weekends, bank holidays and sleep in duties.
We're also keen to hear from anyone interested in joining our bank workforce of Residential Support Workers. Our bank workers work flexibly to support our young people and cover shifts in our homes as required and are paid on an hourly rate basis starting at £14.86 per hour plus an additional payment of £2.30 per hour in lieu of annual leave.
Rewards and Benefits
- 26 days' holiday (prorated for part time staff), rising to 28 days after 2 years' service and 30 days after 5 years' service
- Option to buy up to 10 days of additional annual leave
- An extensive Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to support health and wellbeing
- Up to 5 days of carer's leave per year
- Paternity, adoption and dependents leave
- A generous local government salary related pension
- Lifestyle discounts including gym, travel, shopping and many more
- 2 paid volunteering days plus 1 team volunteering day per year
- Learning and development hub where you can access a wealth of resources
- Relocation bonus
We have opportunities to join our homes in Guildford, Woking, Epsom, Walton on Thames, Cobham and Tadworth.
Due to our legal obligations, we can only accept applications from people 22 years old and above.
Please note, if you are an international candidate looking for a role within our residential service, you must have a minimum of 2 years left on your visa and have been living in the UK for at least 3 years. We are unfortunately not able to offer sponsorship at this time.
You will need to the willingness and ability to travel to meet the demands of the role.
Our Residential Workers turn our Residential Houses into Residential Homes.
We want our homes to be exceptional for the children we are entrusted to care for. It's what we strive to provide and what our children want and need.
We want our homes to be nurturing, fun and inspirational places where our young people feel safe to be themselves and can rely on us to guide, care, and support them to grow and thrive whatever their challenges.
Building effective relationships, co-ordinating activities and holidays, creating meaningful care plans, working together with partner organisations, writing reports and ensuring records are kept clear and up to date are some of the ways our Residential Workers support our children.
Like all supportive, caring, and compassionate home environments; no two days are the same, they throw up complex and challenging situations and are on 24/7 - 365 days of the year. So, let's be honest, if you are looking for a 9-5 job which is straight forward and predictable, you might want to sit this one out.
There will be swearing, shouting, and the occasional tear. But there will also be happiness, laughter, and smiles. There will be reward for hard work, determination and resilience, knowing that you make a difference.
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.
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.
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 at one of our homes for an interview. We will be reviewing applications on an ongoing basis so feel free to submit an application as soon as you wish, and we will come back to you as quickly as possible.
Please contact us for any questions relating to the role. This could be to discuss flexible working requests, transferable skills or any barriers to employment.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 6th March 2024.
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.
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.