Residential Childcare Support Worker (Sessional/Casual)


Job Summary by the Career Balance Team:

North Lakes Children’s Services, a local provider of residential care and education for boys aged 6-18, is seeking Care Workers to join their team in Carlisle and Headsnook. The role requires a warm and approachable manner and the ability to make a significant impact on a young person’s life. Responsibilities include supporting daily routines, promoting personal hygiene, attending appointments, completing paperwork, and building relationships with families. Applicants must have flexibility in their availability and hold relevant qualifications or be willing to work towards them. North Lakes Children’s Services is an equal opportunities employer committed to safeguarding.

Job Description:Full Time/Permanent: Shift pattern- ad-hoc cover

Salary: £10.91 per hour

Location: Carlisle / Headsnook

North Lakes Children’s Services is a well-established local provider of residential care and education for boys aged 6-18. We improve the resilience, self-esteem and abilities of all the young people we work with.

As a Support Care Worker there is a high expectation placed on you to be “strong, committed and passionate” about your role. The young people are at the centre of everything we do – both for and with them. You are a role model, a listening ear, a warm and approachable person and potentially someone who could inspire and make a massive and significant impact on a young person’s life, their choices, who they are and who they can be! You need to promote, support and facilitate the creation of “happy memories” and have fun with them to do so.

We are currently seeking Care Workers to join our teams either in our 3 homes in Carlisle or our one home in Headsnook on a casual basis who have a warm and approachable manner, and feel they can make a significant impact on a young person’s life in how they recover from early life experiences.

Main Duties

In each home we have detailed shift planners/diaries/handover documents that will outline the specific daily duties and tasks that you will be required to complete, these will be specific to whether it is term-time (school days) or during holiday periods as some of the tasks will differ. The following is a summary of some of your duties during term-time

  • Supporting all of the boys daily routines, including getting them up, promoting personal hygiene routines, meals, either school runs or activities
  • Supporting room cleans/developing of life skills/independence, promoting socialisation and supporting bed-time routines
  • Attending medical/other appointments
  • Supporting the plans on the activity planners
  • Completion of day sheets for the boys and working with them on their targets
  • Completing handover documents/ tasks
  • Completion of all daily paperwork
  • Completing budgeting requirements
  • Completion of daily room checks and daily housecleaning tasks
  • Complete any food/other shopping needs, including meal preparation and kitchen hygiene/laundry duties
  • Completion of any specific checks such as COSHH, Fire Checks/Car checks
  • Liaising and building appropriate relationships with the families, working to find out about special dates for boys and ensuring these are noted/marked, sorting and planning family time contacts

All Applicants must have:

  • Flexibility in your availability is a must as the role could involve sleep in nights and shift work of up to 14 hours. Varied start times of 08:00, 12:00, 14:00
  • Have an understanding of the issues that face young people in care
  • Hold Residential Childcare/Families Practitioner Diploma/Children and Young People’s Workforce/NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Care or equivalent – or be willing to work towards a required qualification
  • Excellent communication and listening skills
  • Be willing to learn
  • Be able to work well as part of a small team
  • Be willing to undertake a DBS check at enhanced level if successful for the position. Your DBS check shall be paid for by ourselves
  • Experience with Emotional Behavioural Disorder, Social/Residential Work or Youth Work would be advantageous.

North Lakes Children’s Services is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates. The company committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

Location: Carlisle, Cumbria

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