Children’s Residential Care Careers

Do you have what it takes?

Hampshire’s children in care are among the most vulnerable in our community and their care is one of our most important responsibilities. We are looking for resilient, compassionate and dedicated individuals to join our high-performing teams across the County that care about these young people.

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Hampshire’s children in care

The majority of Hampshire’s children in care are looked after by our foster carers in family homes across the County with a smaller number of children being looked after in our residential care homes. In these homes they are supervised, encouraged and mentored by our dedicated professional staff, all of whom are trained and supported to ensure they have the right level of expertise to deliver this care.

The team really care about us,
it’s more than a job for them.

Based in the community, our residential care service is designed to improve the life chances and outcomes for our vulnerable children, by supporting them to engage with education and rebuild and improve their personal relationships, all within a stable living situation.

There are ample job opportunities available at a variety of levels, for those interested in a career in residential care. Each care home is staffed by a dedicated and carefully structured team, comprising a Manager, Deputy Managers, Team Supervisors, Residential Care Workers and Administrative Support.

Do you have what it takes?

If you...

  • are passionate about improving the lives of children who have experienced traumatic childhoods
  • can engage with children who struggle to trust adults or make positive attachments
  • are able to respond to challenging behaviours in a positive, strength-based way
  • are emotionally intelligent and resilient
  • are physically fit enough to be able to participate in all aspects of the role
  • are literate, numerate and have excellent communication skills
  • have the motivation to study for relevant qualifications alongside this role

…then you could be just who we’re looking for.

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Training and support

We appreciate that, in order to support our most vulnerable children, we need to support our staff to do so. This is why we offer all of our residential care staff the opportunity to study for a Level Four Apprenticeship alongside their role. This qualification will equip staff with the knowledge they need to ensure that Hampshire’s children continue to receive the high levels of care upon which we pride ourselves.

Further training opportunities for staff include the Pillars of Parenting programme and access to Hampshire County Council’s wide range of training and learning development assets.

These qualifications empower our staff with the knowledge and skills that they need in order to understand and respond appropriately to the emotional, behavioural and attainment difficulties experienced by children in care.

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 a laugh and just enjoy each day.

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.
  • We offer a generous local government pension scheme, night enhancements and Saturday pay, as well as salary step progression.
  • Our modern homes are located within the community with excellent transport links.
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 a laugh and just enjoy each day.

About the homes

Within our residential care homes, we want to provide a standard of care that provides children with the same security, safety and structure of a good family environment, meaning that high quality accommodation is crucial. Our residential care service comprises eight homes with up to six beds in each, excluding our secure children’s home Swanwick Lodge with 16 beds and Firvale, our respite care home, with nine.

Our home is beautiful, I am proud to bring friends home.

We pride ourselves on our ability to enable young people to develop their independence in a safe and supportive environment. We have six brand new homes, all of which are near to good transport links, within walking distance of schools and with good access to leisure activities. The design of our homes is based on feedback from children in our care, on features that they said would be important to them in a family home, such as a door at the front of the house and a fireplace in the living room.