Salary: £15.50 per hour + incredible benefits package

Position: Full Time (37.5 hours per week)

Positions available: 10

Closing date: 1st October 2024

Senior Shift Leader: Children’s Home

Enjoy structured consistent working patterns and consecutive days off.

Dover | Deal | Sandwich

£15.50 per hour + incredible benefits package including 28 days paid holiday, staff pension and on-going training

Do you feel unsupported and have little time to yourself? We’re looking for experienced care workers to help us make a difference to children’s lives in our carehomes based in Dover, Deal and Sandwich. If you’re working in the care sector (adult or child), we’d love to tell you all about a rewarding career with us.

In our small family-sized homes of three or four children, the role of Children’s Support Worker is to provide safety, support, care and guidance at an important time in their young lives.

What makes us different?

  • We make a house a home. Each of our homes looks just like a regular family house. You’ll be part of a team that has a generous budget devoted to decorating the home and taking part in regular activities, days out and quality experiences for the children.
  • Therapeutic care. You’ll receive training (both external and alongside our talented in-house therapy team) to provide the best support for the children in your home.
  • UK-leading pay scales and career progression. Our starting salary is £15.50 per hour. The role also includes three sleep-ins per week at £60 per sleep, meaning that you could earn up to £39,000 per year. We also have a rolling rota system meaning that your days on shift and your days off will often be consecutive, making it easier for you.

Perks, rewards and benefits

  • 28 days paid annual leave
  • Staff pension scheme
  • Staff loyalty and long service scheme which includes increase in pay and extra annual leave days.
  • Regular team building days, parties, meals and more!
  • Staff discounts at high street shops and online retailers
  • Complimentary health and wellbeing support with our employee assistance programme
  • Full Training Package.

Some of the Duties and Responsibilities:

As a Senior Shift Leader in our Therapeutic Community, you will play a pivotal role in providing safety, support, therapeutic care, guidance, and nurture to the children and young people in our Therapeutic Community. This is a physically and mentally demanding role that will challenge and reward you.

You will lead shifts and assume managerial responsibilities in the absence of the Senior Management Team.

Your role will involve induction and mentoring of new staff, promoting, and displaying good practice, and overseeing the implementation of agreed care plans. Additionally, you will promote key life skills and appropriate behaviours, encourage interests, activities, games, education, and foster the development of independent living skills in preparation for transition to foster care and independent living.

  • Lead and supervise a team of Residential Support Workers during assigned shifts, providing guidance, support, and mentorship as needed.
  • Facilitate supervisions for staff within the home, promoting professional development and growth opportunities.
  • Ensure adequate and appropriate staffing coverage in the absence of the Registered Manager, maintaining continuity of care and support.
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the staff rota system and how it is implemented within our organisation.
  • To work alongside and in partnership with team members and other multi agency professionals.
  • Form part of a team who provide flexible, 1:1 support for young people as part of a shift pattern covering 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year within your identified place of work, alongside working within the wider community as requested by the needs of the organisation.
  • Collaborate with management to address any operational challenges, contributing to the continuous improvement of our residential childcare services.
  • Maintain a safe and secure environment for children, following safeguarding procedures and responding promptly to any incidents or emergencies that arise.
  • Assist in the accurate and timely recording of children’s daily and monthly reports, review risk assessments and other associated documentation as required.
  • Assist in the completion of weekly budget sheets, conduct internal audits on stored medication, sign off staff timesheets, read, check, and monitor daily logs and other reports, highlighting any concerns to Management.
  • Play a key role in the planning and facilitation of transition plans for the children and young people.
  • Undertaking other duties as may be deemed appropriate from time to time.
  • To contact on-call manager/Out of Hours notifying them of any safeguarding or urgent issues regarding the children or the home.

What we are looking for:

  • You must be 21 years of age or over.
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Calm, approachable manner, adaptable and non-judgemental.
  • Previous experience in a leadership role within a residential children’s home or similar environment.
  • Able to work under own initiative and as part of a team.
  • Basic housekeeping and cooking skills.
  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Residential Children’s Services or equivalent qualification

If you’re looking for a rewarding career and the chance to make a real difference to children who need it the most, apply to work for Channels & Choices today. After a successful initial application, we’ll invite you in for an informal interview.

Channels and Choices are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the young people in our care.  Staff are all required to adhere to the organisation’s Safeguarding Policies and Procedures.  This post will be subject to a clear Enhanced DBS Disclosure, an employment background check, satisfactory references & verification of a right to work in the UK.  As part of our commitment to Safer Recruitment, CV’s cannot be considered without a completed application form.

Channels & Choices are committed to ensuring that we are always recruiting, retaining and promoting a diverse mix of colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our local community. We actively celebrate our staff’s different abilities, sexual orientation, ethnicity, faith, and gender. Everyone is welcome to apply for a job with Channels & Choices and our staff are supported in their development at all stages in their journey with us.


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