Residential childcare support workers

Care Afloat
18 Mar 2017
17 Apr 2017
Public Sector
Contract Type
Part Time

Contract Type: Permanent

Contract Hours: fullt time and part time

Remuneration/ Pay rate: £7.50-£8.77 p.h & additional payment for sleep-ins at £30 per night

Location: Skelmersdale and surrounding areas


Residential Support Workers needed to work in and around the Skelmersdale area. We are looking for full-time and part-time workers to join our teams to provide care and support to young people placed within our Residential Children's Homes. We can offer you flexible hours, full training and support. Care Afloat specialises in working with young people who are going through a particularly traumatic period in their lives, which often results in anti-social behaviour, including violence, drug and alcohol abuse and offending behaviour.

Our job is to provide a safe environment for such young people to live and face up to the problems in their lives, which are causing concern, while ensuring that they are also surrounded by adults who are positive role models who will care for them in a way that is as close to normal family life as possible. We put great emphasis on the relationship that staff have with each young person. This relationship is often the only tool available to us when working with young people who may resist our efforts with them. We encourage young people to see us as individuals with our own needs, problems and aspirations and people who are involved in the young person’s lives by choice, not merely the need to earn money. This commitment from staff teams has enabled us to work successfully with many young people who have had difficulty settling in elsewhere.

Young people are aware that staff will not give up on them, even if they feel they want to give up on themselves. There is no avoiding that what we do at Care Afloat is tough and challenging. We succeed by supporting and serving each other - we’re a team. We prevail by being honest and professional - by always handling ourselves professionally and with integrity. We strengthen ourselves by training, learning and listening well - by striving to continually improve what we do. If you share our vision for ensuring that every child should have the opportunity to achieve their potential then you will be the ideal candidate for us.

We offer flexible working hours, bonus payment schemes and full training and support.

We are also looking for Intensive Support Workers to join our dedicated team on our mobile provision. The provision offers an activity programme placement for young people that usually runs for 12+ weeks, the programme encourages activities with the aim of offering once in a life time opportunities with the hope to break cycles of behaviour and enable intensive work to be completed. From cave walks, to waterfalls, surfing, to sailing, you name it, they do it! Amazing Opportunities...You will be living and working with the young people whether that be on board our canal boat, yacht, camping , camping barns, yurts, temporary cottages and even staying in our accommodation in France. No two days are the same...

Key responsibilities will include providing individualised day to day support with the young people, promoting personal care, working in line with care plans, and ensuring the care, education and welfare of the young people at all times. Alongside the day to day duties, you will also be supporting our young People with building social skills, independent living and self-regulation / management of behaviours. The ideal person for this role will have a positive attitude towards working with young people, love outdoor and activity working, have a flexible approach to their work (as they could be working several days at a time), and have an understanding of the needs of young people, together with the ability to deal with challenging situations with compassion and an understanding of the behaviours being displayed.

It is essential that you are able to work well as part of a team and on an individual basis and due to regulations requiring workers to be older than the children they are working with, you will need to be aged 21 years or over.