Senior Residential Childcare practitioner

Our client provides bespoke packages of care and education in a therapeutic environment. We work with young people with extensive, complex and enduring needs who display high risk behaviours.

Job Purpose

  • To provide a residential service to children and young people where required.

  • To assist home manager in leading, motivating and supporting a team of residential childcare practitioners.

  • To assist the home manager to ensure the best outcomes possible for each child and young person are promoted.

  • To be responsible for the day to day management of the home in the absence of the home manager and the assistant home manager.


Supervisory responsibilities

  • To undertake the day to day management of the household as directed by the home manager or assistant manager

  • To be responsible for the day to day management of the home in the absence of the Home Manager.

  • To encourage, support and guide members of the staff team.

  • To be the Key Worker for individual children.

  • To attend Case Reviews, Planning Meetings and any other meetings as required.

  • To undertake specific administration tasks within the unit as directed by the Home Manager.

  • To actively participate in supervision, appraisal, training, meetings & consultancies.

Professional childcare practice

  • To contribute to the development of the children and young people through the provision of a healthy life style

  • To promote and provide a variety of appropriate, stimulating activities and a Consistent and caring adult model.

  • To be alert to signs of distress or abuse and to ensure that the children and young people are monitored and protected and have their needs met ensuring that all safeguarding needs are met.

  • To be sensitive to the needs of individual children and young people, taking account of disability, race, culture, language, religion and sexuality.

  • To engage, communicate, talk and listen to the children and young people. To observe their behaviour and record significant features.

  • To contribute to care planning and the implementation of these plans.

  • To participate in reviews and meetings as required and prepare young people for these meetings.

  • To provide additional support and comfort to children and young people under stress.

  • To use reactive strategies to control the behaviour of children and young people who are unable to manage their own behaviour.

  • To provide for children and young people’s physical needs as necessary, for example by attending to personal care needs, cooking, cleaning, washing, shopping and budgeting or by enabling children and young people to carry out such tasks themselves.

Person Specification/Competencies

  • Ability to work with a variety of internal and external professionals.

  • Can demonstrate commitment to the staff teams, young people and the service in order to be part of a team that delivers high quality outcomes.

  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team.

  • Ability to be flexible when required

  • Has excellent communication (verbal and written) skills.

  • Understands the importance of and can use the support networks available to them.

  • Understands the management role in providing support and guidance for the staff teams

  • Self-starter with the ability to identify issues, and the skills to respond (in line with policy and procedure).

  • Confident decision maker who can problem solve under pressure.

  • Excellent role model to staff

  • Reliable member of the team

Qualifications/Minimum Requirements

In exceptional circumstances, when mandatory criteria is not met, it may be possible to make an offer subject to the required qualification or licence to be obtained in a set period of time

  • Diploma level 3 in Residential Childcare or equivalent

  • Previous experience of working with young people in a residential setting

  • Full manual driving licence

Reference: 34386762

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