Senior Residential Support Worker

Job Introduction

Imagine if you could change just one person’s life.  If you have experience or are looking for a new challenge, being a Senior Residential Support Worker at A Wilderness way means just that.  You are making a huge difference by helping to transform our children’s lives.  Our Senior Residential Support Workers go above and beyond to help children move past the predominantly negative situations they have experienced and forge positive new pathways.   Our homes are set in beautiful rural locations and our children live with our RSW’s to enable us to make positive long-term differences.  Our Senior Residential Support Workers are role models to children and staff alike.  They will need to lead by example, have unity with their manager and showcase what good looks like.  In return we offer sector leading salaries, a good work life balance, support and recognition.  

Main Responsibility

Reporting to the Home Manger, you will be the lead practitioner on shift.  You will mentor, support and coach new staff and draw upon your extensive experience to manage any challenges that may arise.  No two days are the same.  If you enjoy problem solving, seeing the impact you can make and truly have a passion in helping children then please apply.  We offer a high quality service and want to employ the highest calibre talent in the sector. 

For our children, as well as providing emotional support, you will bring them routine, get involved in cooking, sports, writing, music, relaxing in the home or even getting a manicure.   Working with the child, our Teachers and Therapists, you will come up with activity ideas, teach them new skills and nurture their confidence.  You are not alone and will have support too.  Most of our homes operate on a 2:1 or 1:1 ratio, you have managers and a dedicated Outdoor team to help you path out what good looks like to the child. If you want to take them paddle boarding for example, we can make it happen.

The Ideal Candidate

You will already have achieved your Level 3 Diploma or equivalent in Children and Young People’s Workforce. Ideally you will have experience in the Residential Children's Services sector, or have worked in a similar setting working with children with challenging behaviour. 

We are looking for resilience, dedication and can do attitudes.  This role offers a great work life balance with our condensed working rota and sleep ins.  Shifts start between 8am-9am and you'll need a willingness to work early, late and night shifts. Above all, we really want like minded passionate people who truly want to make a difference.

We are an equal opportunities employer and have a commitment to safeguarding children; we follow safer recruitment processes. All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. Proof of identity will be required at interview stage.

If you have experience as a Support Worker, Healthcare Assistant, RSW or similar please get in touch.  Salaries quoted include sleep in allowance.  Just imagine the lives we can turn around together. A Wilderness Way – specialist care that creates a path to a better tomorrow.

Package Description

Senior Residential Support Worker

£34,320 - £36,348

£15.00 - £16.00 per hour, plus sleep in allowance (£30,420 - £32,448 plus sleep in allowance)

Drivers Required - Full UK Manual License Required

Join us and you can expect:

  • Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Working option available
  • A 24/7 employee assistance and counselling programme
  • Access to our above-and-beyond recognition scheme
  • Fully funded training for your CPD and recognised qualifications
  • Employee medical benefit scheme
  • Lots of employee engagement events and discounts schemes with access to our above-and-beyond recognition scheme
  • The salary advertised includes sleep ins. 
  • Double time for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day
  • All mandatory training hours are paid for

About the Company

AWW is one of the UK’s leading specialist providers of residential care for children who have suffered trauma and adversity.

We provide compassionate, nurturing care for children who are in crisis and have complex needs, supporting them to move from a difficult past to a brighter future.

Our homes are located in the peaceful and inspirational countryside of Cumbria, Northumbria, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and southern Scotland. Here, children experience safety and stability, as well as our renowned spirit of adventure and challenge: the ‘Wilderness Way’. With our support, children are able to thrive.


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