Senior Practitioner - Cheyne Walk
- Full Time
£28,591 per annum for 36 hours per week based at Cheyne Walk Children's Home.
Surrey's Children's Homes can accommodate children up to 18 years of age. Due to legal requirements set out by the Children's Homes National Minimum Standards the successful applicant is required to be at least 4 years older than our oldest accommodated child.
‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.
Flexible working supported where possible, laptop and mobile supplied. 24 days annual leave, local government salary-related pension offered, discounted child care vouchers as well as the option to join the car lease scheme. For more information, please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
About the Role
For this post you will be positive, adaptable, confident, resilient and self-aware.
Having considerable experience of working within a residential setting with similar young people at a ‘senior residential worker’ level, you will hold, as a minimum, a level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People), or equivalent, and be looking to enhance your management skills. You will have a sound knowledge of child development, an awareness of the effects of traumatic life experiences upon attachment and aspire to practice in a restorative way.
Working as part of our rota, including evenings, 'sleep-ins' and weekends, you will have the opportunity to combine direct practice with service and professional staff development.
We are very proud of the quality of our residential services for children in Surrey where all of our homes have been judged as either 'Good' or 'Outstanding' by OFSTED.
We have invested in our homes and our staff and plan to continue this, in order to achieve a service that is ambitious, innovative and responsive to the needs of young people in our care.
At Cheyne Walk we offer a warm and homely environment in which young people are encouraged to re-establish trust in adults and where our actions as adults are important in relation to modelling appropriate behaviour and responses. Linking with other agencies, we make every effort to support our young people to develop educationally, socially and emotionally with our aim being for them to return to their families (wherever possible), move to substitute family care or progress to live independently.
Cheyne Walk Children’s Home looks after up to 6 young people aged approx 11-17 years old on admission and provides a safe and nurturing environment for young people who have experienced challenging and traumatic life experiences.
For this post you will have considerable experience of working within a residential setting with a good understanding of the complex issues many young people in care have. You will aspire to make a difference and be wiling to work in a restorative way ensuring at all times the best possible outcomes for the young people in your care.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on Tuesday 1st August 2017.
Interviews date to be confirmed.
We offer an annual training programme offering continual learning where applicable.
Cheyne Walk Residential Home has excellent transport links and flexible working hours mean you can beat the flow of rush hour traffic.
Commuting by car? We are 5 minutes from Gatwick and 15 minutes from M25 junction 7.
Commuting by train? Horley train station is a 5 minute stroll away with regular trains to and from London Victoria in under an hour. (Trains from Horley to Victoria take approx 50 min and run every 30 min. Trains from Victoria to Horley take approx 35 – 50 min and run every 15 min.)
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.