- £ 30,411.80 to £ 30,915.50 per annum depending on experience
- Full Time
My Choice Children's Homes provide residential care for 'Looked After Children' across 9 homes throughout Sussex and Surrey - we are looking for Support Workers ideally with experience of having worked in children's homes previously or who have worked in the care sector and are keen to learn the skills required to work in these settings.
We are looking for experienced staff who have worked within a caring environment for children and /or adolescents to act as a professional parent for our Looked After Children. If you already have a Level 3 Diploma Residential Childcare qualification this will be an advantage, however if you do not already have this qualification we will provide training and support for you to achieve this nationally recognised qualification (worth over £1000). The company has a fantastic support structure in place and is known for the excellent career development, training and support in career progression that it offers to all its employees.
We are a child orientated, needs led organisation; established to provide a positive life enhancing opportunity for young people who are unable to sustain a placement in their parental homes, foster homes or conventional children's homes. We provide a safe and secure environment for the development of young people. We support children and empower them to face the issues both in their past and present that have caused them difficulties and to provide outstanding outcomes for them.
Hours of work are an average of 42 hours per week, working a five week rolling rota pattern of 'two days on, three days off'. You are required to work any day of the week. You are required to sleep-in at the home (sleeping in room provided) when on duty for which you are paid a rate per night.
We also provide an employee benefits scheme, plus contributory pension scheme.
Example shift pattern:
|Day one shift starts at||10am to 11pm|
|Sleep in||11pm to 8am|
|Day two shift starts at||8am to 11pm|
|Sleep in||11pm to 8am|
|Day Three shift finishes at||8am to 10am|
Applications are invited by CV, if you're application is successful we will need you to complete an application form for vetting purposes etc.
We do not accept calls from agencies for any roles.
- Please view the Day in the life of a Support Worker article (opens in a pop up)
- Please view the Job Description Residential Support Worker document (opens in a pop up)
Keeping in line with Children’s Homes Regulation 2015, Ofsted requirements and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022, our recruitment process comprises of two interviews (three for a teaching role), two inductions with online training.
We have an initial interview at our head office to ascertain skills and knowledge, verify identity proofs and DBS status. If a candidate is successful at interview at this stage, they will be invited to a second, informal interview at one of our eight children’s homes–our children and young people have a voice in this stage too!
If a candidate is successful at the second interview an offer of employment will be given and the candidate will be invited to a two day induction at head office to complete online courses including child exploitation and child protection.
The second induction will take place in the home you have been selected to work in.
My Choice can guarantee the following for their staff:
- comprehensive and continued training
- career development.
All staff are expected to gain their Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare Englandand are fully supported in this by our Learning and Development Manager. My Choice has a registered training centre with CACHE NCFE and all Diplomas are completed through the centre.
We also offer a bridging course to fill gaps in knowledge if a Level 3 has previously been achieved and we offer Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare England.
All new starters will be enrolled onto a course immediately after employment to ensure Regulation 32 of the Children’s Homes Regulation 2015 is met and adhered to.
My Choice also offer the Therapeutic Practitioners Award facilitated by Lifetrain UK ™ which develops our therapeutic practices within the company. Training provided but is not limited to –
- Advanced child protection
- Medication training
- Equality and Diversity
- Team Teach
- Restorative justice
- First aid
- Food hygiene
- Health and safety management.
At My Choice, career progression is measured by merit and commitment, not when a vacancy occurs within the company.
Employee Introduction Scheme
My Choice places great importance on the recruitment of experienced employees and we believe that you are the best people to understand the skills and qualities required to work within the Company. We therefore operate an Employee Introduction Scheme which is open to all employees, except Directors and HR.
If you know someone, who is experienced, suitably qualified and possesses the skills to work with young people, you could receive a cash award of £500.00 (subject to deduction of PAYE) made to you when you recommend a candidate who joins My Choice following your introduction.
As My Choice has an independent training centre located near Head office, all training takes place at this venue. The centre is registered with CACHE NCFE and provides a range of courses to staff namely as follows:
- The Diploma 3 working with children and young people in residential care England
- The Diploma 5 leadership and management award
- The CAVA (assessor award)
- The Level 4 in training and education
- Early Years Diploma course