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Children's Residential Care Worker

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

About the role

Welford House is a seven bedded residential home, housing children (up to the age of 18 years) with challenging behaviour. Are you looking for a varied, challenging and rewarding position where you can help and mentor young people? 

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, standby and sleep ins. 7.30am-3.15pm early shift. 2.45pm-10.30pm late shift. There is also an opportunity for overtime. The basic salary is £25,302 and based on an average working pattern with enhancements you could expect to earn £30,052

For more information about this role or to arrange an informal chat please contact

What will you be doing?

The role includes supporting with day-to-day life, schoolwork, life skills where applicable, accompanying our Young People to health, education and other appointments.

There are also days out to the cinema, shopping or even theme parks and holidays as we try and create positive experiences for our young people.

We are a small 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.

If you have particular skills or hobbies, such as fishing, cooking, fitness, that might enrich our young people’s experience there’s an opportunity to use these and even develop further.

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.

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

When we asked our young people what makes a good Residential Care Worker they said “Someone with a personality that you can have a joke with and who smiles. Someone that you can talk to and trust with things, someone that’s understanding.”

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

Our benefits

We are committed to continuous improvement, building a skilled, knowledgeable, and flexible workforce alongside promoting innovation and creativity whilst keeping children, young people and families at the heart of all we do.

We really value our workforce and offer you a great benefits package including:

  • 2 Day Induction Programme
  • Extensive Learning & Development and career development opportunities
  • 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
  • Local government Pension Scheme
  • Heavily subsidised town centre car parking scheme
  • Employee Discount Scheme
  • 28 days’ annual leave, plus 8 Bank Holidays (pro rata for part time) and an additional 5 days, after 5 years’ service
  • Opportunity to purchase up to 25 days
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Monthly quality supervision

About us

Northamptonshire Children’s Trust was established in November 2020 to deliver Children’s Services to the newly established North and West Northants County Councils. The Trust is wholly owned and funded but operationally independent from the Councils; this provides the organisation with unique opportunities to explore new ways of working and to be more agile and adaptable in its approach to service delivery. We are developing a culture that allows the very highest quality of professional practice to flourish and evolve, delivering at the cutting edge of new innovation. 

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