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Job Description

New Directions Social Care are currently recruiting for a full time Children’s Residential Worker based in a well-established children’s service in Chard, Somerset.

The service specialises in supporting vulnerable young people who have challenging behaviour and social, emotional and learning difficulties. The service is Registered for five young people and at present it is a boys only home. The home provides a Positive Behaviour Program that focuses on what is gained not lost, for young people with challenging behaviour, social and learning difficulties, including Aspergers and ADHD.

Main Aspects of the role :

·         Demonstrate ability to develop appropriate working relationships with service users, parents/carers and colleagues. Relationships will be based on respect, mutual trust, individual rights and cultural needs.

·         Promote independence and enables service users to maintain existing skills and learn new skills as appropriate and communicate their needs.

·         Undertake intimate personal care duties whilst respecting the rights and dignity of service users where required.

·         Support service users’ individual needs, dealing appropriately with challenging behaviour, physical disabilities and mental health needs.

·         Demonstrate anti-discriminatory practice and is prepared to challenge discriminatory practice in the workplace.

·         Offer strategies for development of social skills and helps resolve conflict as necessary.

·         Keep Professional Boundaries in and outside of the work environment.

·         To act as a role model at all times through appropriate behaviour, dress, use of language and social interaction.


This is a full time position and offers a 3 week rota pattern (working shifts consist of 9 x 24.5 hour shifts plus 1 x 15 hour shift). The rota is a set repeating 3-week pattern.

Additional Information

The role of a Children’s Residential Support Worker

Children’s Residential Support Workers look after the physical and mental wellbeing of children in care. Children living in a residential care home need the same kind of support and care that all children and young people need, in order to achieve the best they can in terms of their health, education and all aspects of their development.

As a residential support worker you will need to gain the trust of children and young people who for a variety of reasons need to use residential care to help them deal with issues affecting their lives. The work involves being a role model, developing good relationships and guiding children and young people in their learning, life skills and personal development. You will have an individual responsibility to comply with statutory child protection processes and make sure that children are kept safe from harm.

You’ll need:

  • the ability to get on with people of all ages and backgrounds and gain their trust;
  • tact, patience and understanding;
  • mental strength, to cope with challenging situations and clients.

To work in children’s homes, you must be at least 18 years old and at least 4 years older than the oldest child in the home. For this reason, many of these jobs carry a minimum age restriction of 21.

Children's Residential Support Workers will be required to hold or complete the relevant Level 3 qualification in Children & Young people.

In Wales, Residential Child Care Managers and Workers must register with the Care Council in order to practise.

Please contact New Directions Social Care for more information on this job vacancy, on 0117 314 3512, or use our form below to enquire about this job vacancy.

Last modified: 7th August 2018

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