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Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
24/09/2021 23:59
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Thorndale House Children's Home
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Job details 

Closing date:
24 Sep

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RESIDENTIAL SUPPORT WORKER - Thorndale House Children’s Home, Alnwick


Do you want a challenging and rewarding career with real opportunities to change the lives of young people living in a children’s home? If you are dynamic, dedicated and enthusiastic then we want to hear from you.

Who we are:

NCC operates 5 children’s homes including a national secure children centre with education. Overall, the service employs approximately 200 care staff and 30 support services staff across the 5 sites. Our homes accommodate 25 young people aged 6 - 17, our main aim is to offer an exceptional family focussed caring environment where children and young people can feel safe and thrive in order to meet their full potential.

The service is inspected by Ofsted on a yearly basis. Currently Thorndale House Children’s Home is rated as Outstanding. It is crucial that everyone in our team is committed and motivated to meeting the needs of our young people and have high aspirations for each and every young person we live and work with.

If you are that person, we would welcome an application for a Residential Support Worker at Thorndale House Children’s Home in Alnwick.

Why choose us:

Working at Thorndale House is not just a job, it’s one of the most rewarding career choices you will make. Our work is challenging and physical but if you have the drive and dedication, resilience and passion then you will enjoy an exciting and stable career with us.

It is important that our children are supported by adults with a range of professional and personal experiences, ensuring they have access to positive role models who can offer a range of skills and values to support our children to achieve their best possible outcomes in life.

The Band 4 is an entry level post therefore, we encourage applications from people with experience in a similar discipline, but this is not essential as we appreciate that there are adults that hold transferrable skills and values that meet the requirements of a suitable candidate but have never had the privilege of working directly with children and young people.

We offer a comprehensive induction and shadowing process for all new staff, excellent training and development opportunities throughout your employment. Northumberland County Council acknowledge the importance of legacy planning, ensuring that our managers of the future are developed from within.

The staff centered approach is supported by the offer of regular one-to-one sessions to discuss and reflect on your work. As part of Northumberland County Council, you also benefit from a family-friendly policy, pension contributions, leisure and culture discounts at council venues and a range of other discounts.

The role:

At Thorndale we have four young people (aged between 6 and 17yrs old) able to live with us at one time. These young people are here through no fault of their own. They have often had a troubled and traumatic start to their young lives, but through positive and constructive interventions by a skilled and committed staff team they are supported to address their emotional, social, and educational needs to enhance their life chances.

Your personal qualities and life experience will help us create an environment of reflection, challenge, personal attention and specialist help. Your talents will help young people develop the values, skills, knowledge, self-control and direction that will enable them to fulfill their potential.

This role requires you to work to a shift pattern which includes early and late shifts with an occasional sleep over duty.

You must have a good general education and be willing and able to undertake relevant training. You will be supported to complete the Diploma Level 3 in Residential Child Care, which is a requirement of the job role.

You will work under the direction of the team leader or shift coordinator to ensure quality, safe and effective care of each young person.

For further information please download the relevant Job Description.

Assessments and interviews will take place on 6 and 7 October 2021. There will also be a young person's panel which will take place on 8 October 2021.

Useful information:

You will work an average of 37 hours per week, following a designated shift pattern between 7.15am – 10.15pm, with alternate weekends and some bank holidays.

After reading this information if you are still excited about this opportunity, we would love to hear from you. We’re making a difference - be part of it.

The successful applicant for this post will be required to have Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure.

For further information about the post please contact Catherine Dixon by email catherine.dixon@northumberland.gov.uk or telephone 01670 620258

Northumberland County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We recognise the difficulties that transgender applicants in particular may face during a recruitment process; any concerns regarding the process can be discussed with Jag Stockham (Trans HR Support Officer) on 01670 623 130 or email hrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. All applications to work on a part-time will be considered in line with the requirements of the post and the needs of the service.

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend interview, please contact Catherine Dixon or email hrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk.

Closing date for applications is midnight on 24th September 2021

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