Roles and responsibilities
As a support worker in a residential children's home, your main duties and requirements would include, but not are not limited to:
- Supporting all of the boys daily routines, including getting them up, promoting personal hygiene routines, meals, either school runs or activities
Promoting, safeguarding and protecting the welfare of our young people
Establishing and maintaining positive and trusting relationships with our young people
Encouraging the development of individual interests of our young people
A desire to learn, we provide full training for you to achieve a Childcare Diploma
Experience of supporting young people who may be vulnerable is desired but not essential
Successful applicants will be subject to a DBS check at enhanced level
What do we offer?
- A sleep-in allowance of £62.64 per night
- Employee discount scheme
Full training provided with access to qualifications
- Up to 6 week’s holiday per year
- Monthly clinical and professional supervisions, access to therapeutic support
- Meals included
Refer a Friend programme - unlimited at £500 for each person referred
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About North Lakes Children's Services
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.
We create and provide a safe place for the children to grow, develop coping mechanisms, learn emotional self or co-regulation, achieve progression and success as well as having access to opportunity including socialisation/leisure and learning life/independent skills that will prepare them for their future.
We actively involve the children in shaping and enjoying their time with us. North Lakes seeks to improve, learn and look forwards – the same values we have for all the children.
Why work with us?
We offer continuous training and development opportunities to the people in our team. We can only achieve what we do because of the passion, talent and knowledge of our people. Working at North Lakes, you will be joining a supportive and collaborative team which recognises you as an individual.
Each member of staff has a professional development plan and is supported by a variety of training opportunities that continue to develop their personal skills and knowledge. This is supported by individual supervision programmes that are designed to ensure all staff receive regular supervision and have access to further support if identified as a need.
As an organisation we recognise the importance of investing in staff to help them provide outstanding care and outcomes for the young people they look after.
Staff say they feel very supported by their registered manager and senior managers. Good communication, regular supervision and opportunities for frequent consultation are identified by most staff to be the key supports they benefit from. These have clearly influenced the team members in their reflective practice.
There has been minimal staff turnover since the last inspection. New staff recruited have fitted in well with the existing team and been warmly welcomed by the children. Staff show genuine interest in the children they care for, and are committed to maintaining a high standard of child-centred care that enables children to achieve excellent outcomes.
Staff report feeling extremely well supported throughout the period since the home’s last inspection. Supervision has been regularly maintained. Staff say that they have had regular meetings and that information has frequently been shared by managers to support them to feel confident throughout a very difficult time [Covid 19]. Ongoing training opportunities have mostly been online, but staff have embraced these.
Staff spoke highly of their manager and said that they feel exceptionally well supported in this home. Examples given have included the manager undertaking additional tasks for them, allowing staff to focus their time and energy solely on the children.
Become a part of the Polaris Community
We are part of one of the largest providers of children’s services and our community of services span the length and breadth of the whole of the UK.
Our nurturing community works collectively to support the very best outcomes for each and every child in our care. We’re ambitious for our children and young people, families and staff, and believe in their futures.