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Children's Residential Worker - Relief

About the role

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

Thornton  House is a two bedded residential unit housing young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties. We are looking for self-motivated, enthusiastic, flexible people to join our team. You will be part of a supportive team to ensure young people achieve their full potential by providing them with support and services they need to lead happy, healthy and successful lives. 

Enhancements for evening and weekend work, sleeping-in payments, stand-by payments, and overtime substantially increase the earnings potential for this post, in addition to the basic salary.

These posts are zero hours contracts providing cover/relief for existing staff, they can provide a great first step into a new career.  Shifts include weekend and evening working and successful candidates should be available to work at short notice.

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 then there’s an opportunity to use these.

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

  • Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • 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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