Salary: £18,000- £19,000
Location: Underley Gardens School, Kirby Lonsdale
Hours: Full time
About the school
Underley Gardens is a school within the Acorn Care and Education and NFA group, the UK’s largest, independent children’s services group. It is categorised as an Ofsted Outstanding School and Residential home, specialising in SEN education and care.
The estate cares for children and young adults with a range of complex needs, such as Autism, Mental health problems and behavioural or learning difficulties. The aim of the site is to ensure that every young person’s education and care leads to better days and a better future. This is achievable due to a dedicated and supportive team who are passionate, reliable and understanding.
Underley is situated within a beautiful countryside setting, on the edge of the Lake District, near the town of Kirby Lonsdale.
About the role?
Are you ready to begin your career? Do you want to make a positive change to young people’s lives? We have an exciting opportunity for an individual to start a career as a Night Care Worker within our family environment at Underley.
Don’t worry about having any experience, we will train, support and promote you, to ensure you have an amazing career. Take our Assistant Head Craig, for example, who began his journey at Underley as a maintenance worker.
You will be responsible for safeguarding the young people and making sure they are healthy, safe and as comfortable as possible throughout the night shift. You will also be required to ensure the physical, emotional and personal care needs of all the young people are met, by referring to agreed care plans. This will enable the young people to retain as much responsibility for their own lives as possible and develop over time. The Night Care Worker hours are from 10.30pm until 09.15am with access to advice from sleep-in Duty Officers at night. Your typical working hours will be 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year.
This role does come with some potential challenges such as long hours, behaviour management and ensuring the personal care of each young person is upheld.
Who we are looking for?
This challenging role needs a person who is compassionate, enthusiastic, reliable and resilient. The care worker should work well within a team, be able to organise and plan a workload and be prepared to work with varying types of difficulties.
The ideal candidate will not necessarily have any experience but will have a clear motivation as to why they are applying and why they would be suitable for the role. Also, whilst some experience and an NVQ 3 is desirable, we are fully prepared to support care workers in starting their careers with training and further qualifications.
A driving licence would also be desirable due to the remote location of the site and limited public transport.
· Safeguard all young people in the estate and support them with their individual needs.
· Support and develop the mental and physical health and wellbeing of individuals within the service.
· Help improve the standard of living and confidence of every child and young adult.
· Integrate into the supportive team.
· To record a log, details of incidents etc., as required by procedure.
· Liaise with other staff with the best interests of the young people in mind.
· To ensure that no unauthorized persons enter the building during the period of duty.
· Be prepared in the case of a fire and act appropriately.
· You must have a keen interest in supporting and working with young people, in a care environment.
· You must be available to work the shifts required.
· You must be able to travel to the school with ease.
· You must have the ability to work within a 24/7 operation.
Why work for us?
· Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference.
· Be part of a supportive and dedicated team.
· Continuous professional development and training.
· Funded NVQ 3.
· Internal Promotion.
· Staff meals.
· Use of a Windermere campsite.
· Team building.
· Employee of the month.
· Potential overtime.
There will also be an opportunity for selected candidates to have an informal visit to the estate before a face to face interview. This will allow you to speak to some of the staff and have a tour of the estate to see whether it will be a good fit for you.
Acorn Care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS. We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for everybody in our care. A full application form must be completed with all employment dates accurate and gaps in employment accounted for.