We are recruiting for our Children’s residential homes
Children and young people in care are among the most vulnerable in the community and we regard their care as one of our most important responsibilities. We are looking for staff to help care for them.
Read more about children in care
The vast majority of children and young people in care are well looked after by foster parents in family homes, but there is a small minority whose needs are far better met being looked after in a safe and comfortable environment by dedicated professional staff, with the right level of expertise, personality and commitment to caring.
Based in the community, our residential service is designed to improve children and young people’s life chances and outcomes by enabling them to rebuild relationships with their families and/or to achieve a stable living situation.
The qualities we are looking for
If you have…
- a Level 5 diploma in Residential Childcare or the equivalent or have what it takes to achieve this qualification within 2 years of employment
- experience in a position relevant to the residential care of children and in a role requiring the supervision and management of staff working in a care role
- considerable experience of forming positive relationships that support children to make progress and enjoy positive experiences along with supporting children who have experienced traumatic childhoods
- extensive experience relevant to supporting a staff team to understand and meet the development and safeguarding needs of children in residential care
- a proven ability to problem solve, plan and organise staffing, delegate work, manage workloads, support staff development and manage change
- the ability to promote effective team working in own home and within the wider service
- the ability to effectively manage the home; excellent financial management skills and experience of working with partner agencies, in a complex multi-agency environment.
Residential Care Workers
- have a Level 3 diploma in Residential Childcare or have what it takes to achieve this qualification within 2 years of employment
- are passionate about working with children and young people who have experienced the most traumatic of childhoods
- are able to engage with children and young people who struggle to trust adults or make positive attachments
- are able to respond to challenging behaviours
- are emotionally intelligent and resilient
- are physically fit enough to be able to participate in all aspects of Team Teach and Team Teach training, including physical interventions
- are literate, numerate and have good communication skills
…then you could be just who we're looking for.
Training and development opportunities
This could just be the start of your career in care as we’ll provide support and training.
Five great reasons to work for Hampshire County Council
- Our Children’s Services are recognised by Ofsted as being some of the best in the country
- Tailored development plans and professional support within a teamwork environment
- Training and progression opportunities
- Admin support provided so our care workers can devote more time to children and young people
- Our modern homes are located within the community with excellent transport links
About the roles
Each home is staffed by a dedicated care team which consists of a manager, deputy managers, team supervisors, residential care workers and administrative support.
Registered and deputy managers
Registered managers lead and manage the running of the homes, supporting staff to deliver high quality care. They work with the service managers and other professionals to support care plans. Deputy managers take day-to-day responsibility for the running of the homes, supporting staff and working to ensure the delivery of high quality care. They deputise for managers and work shifts, such as weekends and sleep-ins.
Residential care worker
Residential care workers deliver high quality care, to meet the physical, emotional, health and social needs of children and young people in our homes. Structure is provided through daily living routines, group activities and one to one time.
Every day is completely different. I really enjoy spending time with the young people and just teaching them what real life is like. How to use humour and have laugh and just enjoy each day.
About the homes
Hampshire County Council wants to establish a standard of care that is on a par with a good, family environment for the children and the quality of accommodation is crucial to this. Our residential service includes eight homes with up to six beds in each and Swanwick Lodge which is a secure home with 16 beds.
We have four brand new homes opening this year which will be near to good transport links, within walking distance of schools and make access to leisure activities easier, enabling young people to develop their independence safely. This project is the first phase in the County Council’s radical plans to transform its children’s home provision in the county. It has taken into account features that children in our care said would be important to them in a family home, such as having a front door at the front of the house and a fireplace in the living room.
Swanwick Lodge is a secure home providing a safe and child-centred environment in which children and young people can begin to address the issues that have led to their loss of liberty. We aim to make their home a positive one where they can build appropriate relationships with adults, learn to cope with their feelings, develop new skills and build their independence safely.
Training and support
Managers will be supported to meet the Ofsted Leadership and Management Requirements. Training opportunities include the Level 5 Diploma in residential childcare, Pillars of Parenting programme and access to HCC’s Transformative Leadership Programme.
Residential Care Workers are required to complete a Level 3 Diploma in residential childcare and the Pillars of Parenting programme.
All staff will also need to complete mandatory health and safety training.
These qualifications empower staff with the knowledge and skills to understand and respond appropriately to the emotional, behavioural and attainment difficulties that are exhibited by the children and young people in care.
Continuous professional development and support to manage the complexities of the role will also be provided.
Within my first year I undertook the Level 3 Diploma in residential childcare. Throughout that whole process you're really supported by both your managers and your colleagues that have all been through that process too, but also you're given an individual assessor that comes to see you to support you through the Diploma.