Job Title: Care Worker Level 4
Salary: £23,660 / £12.32ph overtime pay
Location: The Shires, Oakham
About the School
The Shires consists of three sites all within a 15 minute drive of one another. We have two Special Educational Needs (SEN) Schools and 3 Residential homes. We help care for and support 8 Adults aged 19-25 who have been diagnosed with Autism and may have accompanying learning disabilities, behavioural problems or medical conditions.
The ethos of The Shires is very much characterised by a ‘can do’ attitude. We want people who focus on the positive outcome of our Adults and take responsibility for helping improve their lives. We share the value of creating a safe and nurturing home and we want people who can be fair and respectful, in order to do the right thing to support everyone in our care.
About the Group
We are part of Acorn Care and Education and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.
Acorn Care and Education provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and to make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through a relentless focus on caring and learning.
About the role
Do you want a rewarding Career? To make a positive difference to young people and their lives? Are you patient, empathetic, resilient and supportive? Yes? – We want you!
The Shires currently has an exciting and challenging career opportunity for an experienced support worker with recent experience of working within a similar setting. You must also have a proven ability to manage and support a team, set high standards of care and professionalism and lead shifts.
We want each person at The Shires to achieve their own ambitions, live fulfilling and productive lives and be an active part of the community. Therefore, you will be required to work from 07:00 – 21:00 on a two day on, two day off, rota. During these hours you will be required to assist with any problems or personal care needs the children have and assist with the day to day activities of the children. This will include being responsible for safeguarding ensuring they are all safe, comfortable and healthy, getting the children up and ready for their day, helping with education, cooking, cleaning and homework and ensuring a night routine is followed.
Other duties include assisting with outings, liaising with other staff, working to agreed care plans and keeping the homes clean and leading a team.
Who are we looking for?
The Shires need a responsible, friendly and caring individual who has a passion for caring for and ultimately, making a difference to children’s lives. It will be a challenging yet rewarding role with the opportunity to see the young people grow and develop over time.
We also need someone who can work well within a team, has great communication skills, can manage their workload and be prepared for the varying difficulties the role may present.
You must have a NVQ 3 in Health and social care and have recent experience working with Special Education Needs children.
- Safeguard all young people within the home and support them with their individual needs
- Attend to all the personal, physical and mental needs of the children
- Support and develop the mental and physical health and wellbeing of individuals within the service
- Help integrate the children into the community
- Help improve the standard of living and confidence of each child
- Integrate into the supportive team
- Liaise with other staff with the best interests of the young people in mind
- Be prepared in the case of a fire and act appropriately
- Manage a team
Why work for us?
- Opportunity to enrich the lives of adults and make a positive difference
- Continuous professional development and training opportunities
- Opportunity for Internal Promotion
- Potential overtime
- Free meals, Parking and Uniform
- 6.6 weeks holiday entitlement
- Life insurance
- Social activities
- “Your Wellbeing Matters”
- Employee Rewards Hub
Acorn Care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS. We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for everybody in our care. A full application form must be completed with all employment dates accurate and gaps in employment accounted for.