CS/1217 Residential Care Officer
£23,541 - £25,991

Downham House, Plymstock Fixed term 2 years (with a view to extend) 37 hours per week Grade E (£23,541 to £25,991)

Residential Care Officer Role Profile

  • Are you a vibrant and enthusiastic individual with a passion for passion for improving outcomes for children with disabilities?
  • Are you a person who take pride in making a difference for young people who have complex behaviour?
  • Do you want to help families to keep their children at home by supporting them to have a short break?
  • If you are this may be the opportunity for you.

Downham House is a fully registered Children’s Home, overseen and regulated by Ofsted. Downham House provides a Residential Short Break Service to children across the city who have a severe learning disability and associated behaviours. We are committed to providing positive opportunities to young people while giving their families a break from caring.  The safe care of the young people is our priority and we are looking for the right person to join our excellent staff team at this time.

You will work within the legislative framework of The Children’s Home Regulations 2015 and the Guide to the Quality Standards to provide direct support to children and young people aged 8 to 18 years old.

The role will include day to day care provision including a range of tasks such as occasional light cooking duties, personal care, creative play and enabling activities together with community involvement. We encourage people to draw upon their own interests and imagination to create and maintain an exciting and stimulating experience while staying at the home. There is an element of practical and domestic tasks associated with this role in order to contribute to the upkeep and care of a homely and nurturing environment.

The role may include being a keyworker for a specific young person, overseeing their care package, liaising with other agencies and engaging in the preparation of associated plans for sharing with multidisciplinary teams and parents.

This role requires an unwavering passion for working with children with extremely complex needs. You will be patient, skilled, self-motivated and positive. You will understand the need to be robust and you will have a good knowledge and understanding of challenging behaviour and a willingness to work with children who may need dynamic and creative care packages at times when they are experiencing difficult periods of behaviour. You will be prepared to work in an environment which can be busy and emotionally and physically demanding.

The role requires good planning and decision making as well as strong team working ethic. You will understand the importance of making and maintaining good relationships and you will understand the value of resilience. You will be accountable to the manager and the deputy manager within the home.

You will have a Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare or the nationally recognised equivalent or you will be willing to work towards this in a specified timescale.  

You must have relevant and current experience of working with children and young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities including autism and associated spectrum conditions.  

Safeguarding children is our priority and the post is subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for working with children and adults.  

This position is subject to a 6 month probationary period. 

For more information or an informal discussion, please contact Victoria Whitman, Registered Manager, on  01752 307540.

Closing date: Thursday 15 April 2021



Vacancy Description
Downham House, Plymstock Fixed term 2 years (with a view to extend) 37 hours per week Grade E (£23,541 to £25,991)
 
Residential Care Officer Role Profile

  • Are you a vibrant and enthusiastic individual with a passion for passion for improving outcomes for children with disabilities?
  • Are you a person who take pride in making a difference for young people who have complex behaviour?
  • Do you want to help families to keep their children at home by supporting them to have a short break?
  • If you are this may be the opportunity for you.

Downham House is a fully registered Children’s Home, overseen and regulated by Ofsted. Downham House provides a Residential Short Break Service to children across the city who have a severe learning disability and associated behaviours. We are committed to providing positive opportunities to young people while giving their families a break from caring.  The safe care of the young people is our priority and we are looking for the right person to join our excellent staff team at this time.

You will work within the legislative framework of The Children’s Home Regulations 2015 and the Guide to the Quality Standards to provide direct support to children and young people aged 8 to 18 years old.

The role will include day to day care provision including a range of tasks such as occasional light cooking duties, personal care, creative play and enabling activities together with community involvement. We encourage people to draw upon their own interests and imagination to create and maintain an exciting and stimulating experience while staying at the home. There is an element of practical and domestic tasks associated with this role in order to contribute to the upkeep and care of a homely and nurturing environment.

The role may include being a keyworker for a specific young person, overseeing their care package, liaising with other agencies and engaging in the preparation of associated plans for sharing with multidisciplinary teams and parents.

This role requires an unwavering passion for working with children with extremely complex needs. You will be patient, skilled, self-motivated and positive. You will understand the need to be robust and you will have a good knowledge and understanding of challenging behaviour and a willingness to work with children who may need dynamic and creative care packages at times when they are experiencing difficult periods of behaviour. You will be prepared to work in an environment which can be busy and emotionally and physically demanding.

The role requires good planning and decision making as well as strong team working ethic. You will understand the importance of making and maintaining good relationships and you will understand the value of resilience. You will be accountable to the manager and the deputy manager within the home.

You will have a Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare or the nationally recognised equivalent or you will be willing to work towards this in a specified timescale.  

You must have relevant and current experience of working with children and young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities including autism and associated spectrum conditions.  

Safeguarding children is our priority and the post is subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for working with children and adults.  

This position is subject to a 6 month probationary period. 

For more information or an informal discussion, please contact Victoria Whitman, Registered Manager, on  01752 307540.

Closing date: Thursday 15 April 2021