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Children's Residential Care Worker

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

About the role

About the role:

Are you looking for a varied, challenging and rewarding position where you can help young people?

Arnold House is a five bedded residential home housing young people with autism spectrum disorder and learning disabilities.

You will work a mixture of early and late shifts and alternative weekends with enhancements paid on top of the basic hourly rate for unsocial hours, Sunday/ Bank Holiday working and standby shifts.  7:00 – 2:30pm early shift, 2:00pm-9:30pm late shift,  9:15pm – 7:15am Night shift. There is also an opportunity for overtime. The basic salary is £23,802 and based on an average working pattern with enhancements you could expect to earn £27,702

 We welcome the opportunity to speak to any interested candidates so please feel free to email:  and they can agree a mutually agreeable time to call you

We reserve the right to close this vacancy before the closing date should we receive sufficient applications so would encourage you to submit your application as early as possible. 

What will you be doing?

The role includes supporting with personal care, day-to-day life, helping our young people develop life skills, accompanying them to health, education and other appointments.

There are also days out trampolining, bowling, swimming, shopping or even short breaks as we try and create positive experiences for our young people. You will also support them to spend quality time with their families.

You will be their voice, their advocate, their champion as our young people are nonverbal so you will support them using communication aids.

We are a small child centric home so we encourage a “family feel” where possible, this involves eating our meals together, creating positive relationships and supporting our residents through key work.

About you

You need to be self-motivated, enthusiastic, patient and flexible amongst other things. You will find it easy to establish and build positive relationships with Young People.

You will have a nurturing nature with a child centric approach to the support you give whether that be personal care or creating tailored experiences for our children.

Applicants must hold a full UK driving licence, as you will be driving our Young People to appointments or activities.

Experience of working with young people with Autism in either a professional or voluntary capacity is desirable, as is evidence of an ongoing interest and commitment to young people.

The post is subject to an Enhanced DBS clearance.

When applying please ensure your supporting statement covers how you fulfil the essential criteria set out in the person specification as this will be used for shortlisting.

You will need to provide a full employment history including any gaps since leaving full time education. 

Our benefits

  • 28 days’ annual leave, plus 8 Bank Holidays (pro rata for part time) and an additional 5 days, after 5 years
  • Local Government Pension Scheme plus immediate life cover (3 times your annual salary from day one) and ill-health protection.
  • Opportunity to purchase up to 25 days annual leave
  • We will pay for you to complete qualifications including NVQ Level 3 or equivalent
  • Employee Assistance Programme - We have an employee support programme run by Health Assured, an independent, external organisation. Health Assured is available for you and your immediate family members, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and includes telephone counselling, legal advice, bereavement support and medical information.
  • Employee discounts with local and national retailers, days out, finance, health and beauty, travel and eating out plus lots more.
  • Flexible and family working arrangements including enhanced maternity benefits
  • A permanent, supportive and inclusive management team where you will be empowered to make good professional decisions
  • Extensive Learning & Development and career development opportunities
  • Free parking on site plus heavily subsidised town centre car parking scheme
  • Free meals whilst on shift

About us

Northamptonshire Children’s Trust is responsible for delivering Children’s Services to families in the local area. The Trust is wholly owned and funded but operationally independent from the Councils. The Trust has an open inclusive culture for all our employees.  We are keen to explore new ways of working,  to be more agile and adaptable in our approach to service delivery.


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