Residential Child Support Worker
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Job Title: Residential Child Support Worker – Children and Young People
Salary: £19,576.81 – £26,150.19 per annum
Location: Falkland House School, Falkland Estate, Falkland (and on occasion, Falkland House School Perth, Fairmount Terrace, Perth)
Hours: 38 hours/week (30 days holiday/year)
Shifts: Mixture of early shifts 07:30-14:30, late shifts 14:00-22:00, and double shifts, including some weekends.
Falkland House School is an independent residential school for boys from primary to 15 years of age. Our young people have a range of Additional Support Needs including emotional and behavioural difficulties and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. We were the first independent school in Scotland (outside of the NAS) to receive accreditation from the National Autistic Society. We have three residential houses within the building, accommodating 24 young people.
Falkland House School Perth has just opened, with the initial services focused on supporting 5 young people aged between 16 to 19 years of age towards greater independent living, support with college placements and community engagement. In the coming months, the main school accommodation will open, and Falkland House School Perth will become home to the senior-phase young people (15-18) who will be working towards gaining school qualifications and becoming more independent in their lives.
We are part of the Options Autism and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.
Options Autism provide education and care across a number of schools and residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through relentless focus on caring and learning.
This is a role with an exciting career and development plan, structured to ensure our staff are trained, supported, and continually developed. We want to give you the best possible toolkit, to deliver outstanding care and support to our children and young people and help them achieve incredible outcomes.
There will be a thorough induction, fully expensed training courses and the opportunity to expand your knowledge. You will be supported to gain the necessary qualification to meet SSSC registration requirements, and you will gain a firm understanding of autism spectrum disorder and associated support needs, within a positive, supportive working environment. It is a great opportunity to launch your career and see it flourish.
You will be based mainly in Falkland, where you will establish and develop trusting, nurturing and supportive relationships with the children and young people, act as a role model, working in partnership to enable the young people to address their difficulties and reach their potential. Furthermore, you will assist them in gaining self-control by challenging unacceptable behaviour and rewarding the positive. Some behaviour support will be required in the classrooms, and you will work to ensure the young people are engaged in activities which benefit them socially, emotionally and physically. Overarching this, you will support the young people with their independence, working with them to develop their nascent skills and establish healthy routines. You will creatively learn about the young people, their interests, dislikes and triggers, and use this connection to establish rewarding relationships.
At Falkland House School Perth, you will work across the main school accommodation and the throughcare flat and house. Across both, you will strive to create a positive, engaging ethos of the young people being socially involved and independent. You will work as part of an incredible team, co-operating across care and education, sharing knowledge and learning to ensure an outstanding, holistic approach. Furthermore, you will work alongside them to support college placements, and promote community engagement that is sustained and productive.
Who are we are looking for?
You don’t need any experience to join our team. If you come from hospitality, the army, outdoor activity centres or an office-based job but are eager to help young people to live happy, fulfilling lives, this is the role for you.
We know that the children and young people in our care can be challenging, and we are looking for Care Workers who are up for that challenge. You will be patient and resilient, and able to recognise the reward in transforming a young person’s life. You will take care of everyday needs, using a calm, reliable approach that builds trust and confidence.
You will be friendly, approachable and kind in your dealings with the children and young people. You will be committed to giving them the space and opportunity to thrive, playing your part in creating a nurturing environment in which they can fulfil their potential.
You will play a key role in the smooth-running of the site, and you will have a good grasp of safety and hygiene, and a conscientious dedication to the young people’s wellbeing. This is a role in which attention to detail really counts – and one that touches the real lives of people every day
Why join Options Autism?
Your health and wellbeing are important to us, so you’ll get an exceptional reward package including:
- Up to 39 days annual leave each year (25 base entitlement + 1 One moment in time + 8 bank holidays + ability to buy up to 5 extra days)
- Life Assurance
- Pension scheme with options to increase your contributions
- “Your Wellbeing Matters” – access to a wide range of first-class mental health support services and physical health checks
And a market-leading benefit offering through our Flexible Benefits Platform, Vista, enables you to choose the package that’s right for you, including:
- A wide range of health, wellbeing, and insurance benefits
- 100’s of discount options valid in the UK and abroad
- Cycle to Work Schemes
- Electric Car Purchase Scheme
- Critical illness cover
And that’s not all, we place the outcomes of the children and vulnerable young adults in our services at the heart of everything we do, so you’ll wake every day in the knowledge that your role will have a significant positive impact on the lives of others.
We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced PVG.
A great company to work for
Wherever you work – whether in a city location or one of our more rural settings – you’ll be part of one dynamic family, aiming high and dreaming big, and helping the people we work with achieve their own personal goals
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