Residential Child Support Worker

Type: Permanent

Date Posted: 45000

Closing Date: 45021

Location: Falkland, Cupar

Salary: Not specified

Residential Child Support Worker

How would you like to be paid for 100% of your contractual hours, but only work 80%?*

Job Title: Residential Child Support Worker – Children and Young People
Salary: Up to £26,150.19 per annum
Location: Falkland House School, Falkland Estate, Falkland (and on occasion, Falkland House School Perth, Fairmount Terrace, Perth)
Hours: 38 hours/week (30 days holiday/year)
Shifts: Mixture of early shifts 07:30-14:30, late shifts 14:00-22:00, and double shifts, including some weekends.

Your wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do at OFG, so we’re always looking for new ways to improve everyone’s work/life balance.

We’re taking part in a trial of the 4-Day Working Week, meaning that you could be working one day less a week (or equivalent).

If the trial is a success, we’ll be rolling the 4DWW out across the Group – so there’s never been a more exciting time to join #teamOFG!

About us

Falkland House School is an independent residential school for boys from primary to 15 years of age. Our young people have a range of Additional Support Needs including emotional and behavioural difficulties and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. We were the first independent school in Scotland (outside of the NAS) to receive accreditation from the National Autistic Society. We have three residential houses within the building, accommodating 24 young people.

The opportunity

This is a role with an exciting career and development plan, structured to ensure our staff are trained, supported, and continually developed. We want to give you the best possible toolkit, to deliver outstanding care and support to our children and young people and help them achieve incredible outcomes.

There will be a thorough induction, fully expensed training courses and the opportunity to expand your knowledge. You will be supported to gain the necessary qualification to meet SSSC registration requirements, and you will gain a firm understanding of autism spectrum disorder and associated support needs, within a positive, supportive working environment. It is a great opportunity to launch your career and see it flourish.

The Role

You will be based mainly in Falkland, where you will establish and develop trusting, nurturing and supportive relationships with the children and young people, act as a role model, working in partnership to enable the young people to address their difficulties and reach their potential. Furthermore, you will assist them in gaining self-control by challenging unacceptable behaviour and rewarding the positive. Some behaviour support will be required in the classrooms, and you will work to ensure the young people are engaged in activities which benefit them socially, emotionally and physically. Overarching this, you will support the young people with their independence, working with them to develop their nascent skills and establish healthy routines. You will creatively learn about the young people, their interests, dislikes and triggers, and use this connection to establish rewarding relationships.

At Falkland House School Perth, you will work across the main school accommodation and the throughcare flat and house. Across both, you will strive to create a positive, engaging ethos of the young people being socially involved and independent. You will work as part of an incredible team, co-operating across care and education, sharing knowledge and learning to ensure an outstanding, holistic approach. Furthermore, you will work alongside them to support college placements, and promote community engagement that is sustained and productive.

Who are we are looking for?

You don’t need any experience to join our team. If you come from hospitality, the army, outdoor activity centres or an office-based job but are eager to help young people to live happy, fulfilling lives, this is the role for you.

We know that the children and young people in our care can be challenging, and we are looking for Care Workers who are up for that challenge. You will be patient and resilient, and able to recognise the reward in transforming a young person’s life. You will take care of everyday needs, using a calm, reliable approach that builds trust and confidence.

You will be friendly, approachable and kind in your dealings with the children and young people. You will be committed to giving them the space and opportunity to thrive, playing your part in creating a nurturing environment in which they can fulfil their potential.

You will play a key role in the smooth-running of the site, and you will have a good grasp of safety and hygiene, and a conscientious dedication to the young people’s wellbeing. This is a role in which attention to detail really counts – and one that touches the real lives of people every day

What we can offer:

· Funded qualifications

· Annual Leave Entitlement equivalent to 5.6 weeks per year(with options to purchase more)

· Life Assurance

· Pension scheme with options to increase your contributions

· “Your Wellbeing Matters” – access to a wide range of first-class mental health support services and physical health checks

And market leading benefits offering through our Flexible Benefits Platform Vista that enable you to choose the package that’s right for you, including:

· A wide range of health, wellbeing, and insurance benefits

· 100’s of discount options valid in the UK and abroad

· Cycle to Work Schemes

· Electric Car Purchase Scheme

· Critical illness cover

*You’ll work 80% of your contractual hours for 100% of your pay, more time for you! (Dependent upon location)