We are looking for hardworking, resilient and passionate staff to join our expert team at at Swanwick Lodge – a secure home for children in Hampshire. The children living at Swanwick Lodge have often complex needs which are far better met being looked after in a safe and comfortable environment such as ours, cared for by dedicated professional staff, with the right level of expertise, personality and commitment. Full training, as well as ample professional development opportunities will be provided.

The qualities we are looking for in residential care workers

If you...

  • 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 what we're looking for.

Five great reasons to work for Hampshire County Council

  1. Our Children’s Services are recognised by Ofsted as being some of the best in the country
  2. Tailored development plans and professional support within a teamwork environment
  3. Training and progression opportunities
  4. Admin support provided so our care workers can devote more time to children and young people
  5. Our modern homes are located within the community with excellent transport links

About the roles

The home is staffed by a dedicated care team which includes team supervisors and residential care workers.

Residential Care Workers

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.

Team Supervisors

Team supervisor

Team supervisors have additional leadership responsibilities and contribute to management processes. They support a team approach and role model good practice for the highest level of care and effective service delivery.

"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."

Training and support

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.

If you think you have what it takes

Apply for a role