Job Title: Waking Nights Support Worker
Salary: £17,850 - £19,500
Location: Acorn Park School, Norfolk
Hours: 42 on Average- 21:45 to 9.15am on a two week rota
About the School
Acorn Park is a Special Educational Needs (SEN) School and Residential home within the Acorn Care and Education and NFA Group, the UK’s Largest, Independent Children’s services group. The School specialises in communication and learning challenges associated with Autism.
The School and Homes are within a private, 30 acre Estate situated within Norfolk’s picturesque and tranquil countryside, close to the town of Banham.
The aim of the site is to provide enough support to unlock each child’s potential so they can live fulfilling and productive lives. We provide the young people with as much freedom as possible in a safe and supervised environment. This is achievable due to the dedication and support from a range of employed professionals who are passionate, reliable and understanding.
About the role
Do you want to start a rewarding Career? To make a positive difference to young people and their lives? Are you patient, empathetic, resilient and supportive? Yes? - We want you!
Don’t worry about having much experience, we will train, support and promote you, to ensure you have an amazing career. All you need is the drive to make a difference.
We want the young people to retain as much responsibility over their lives as possible and develop over time. Therefore, you will spend your time assisting the young people with their night and morning routine and if required during the night. A main responsibility of the role is safeguarding the young people on the estate and ensuring the physical, emotional and personal care needs are met.
This role however, does come with some potential challenges such as long hours, behaviour management and ensuring the personal care of each young person is upheld.
Who are we looking for?
Acorn Park wants a responsible, friendly and thoughtful individual who has a passion for caring for and ultimately, making a difference to young lives. You will ideally understand some of the challenges that you could be faced with as it will be a challenging yet rewarding role.
We need someone who can be a role model, work well within a team, has great communication skills, can manage their workload and be prepared for the varying difficulties the role may present.
- 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
- Liaise with parents, teachers and other professionals with the best interests of the young people in mind
- Enable and support individuals to engage with the education system positively
- Work within the agreed care plans
- Help to promote structure, boundaries and domestic routines; ensuring a pleasant, clean and safe environment for the students in your care
- Undertake direct work with the student, in consultation with and as agreed with other professionals, to improve motor skills, social skills etc.
- To ensure high standards of personal hygiene for each student and support them with personal care needs
- You must be available to work the shifts required
- You must have the desire to complete a funded NVQ 3 at Acorn Park
- You must understand some of the difficulties that children on the Autistic Spectrum may present
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
- Internal Promotion
- Staff meals
- Potential overtime
- Funded NVQ
There will also be an opportunity for selected candidates to have an informal visit to the estate before a face to face interview. If you have any questions about the role and want to have an informal conversation please contact Elaine Wilcock on .
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.
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