Imagine if you could change someone's life. Being a Senior Residential Support Worker at A Wilderness Way means just that. Your skills and experience can truly transform our children’s lives. Our Senior Residential Support Workers go above and beyond to help children who have experienced a difficult past to forge positive pathways towards a brighter future.
Our homes are set in beautiful rural locations, and our children live with our RSW’s to enable them to form the secure relationships which have a positive long-term impact. Our Senior Residential Support Workers are role models to children and staff alike. They lead by example, working collaboratively with their manager, and showcase what good looks like. In return we offer sector-leading salaries, a good work-life balance, support and recognition.
We pride ourselves on our sector-leading provision and our commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes for the children we look after. As such, we seek the highest calibre SRSW’s who truly have a passion for helping children, as well as the skills and personal qualities to lead others.
Reporting to the Assistant Manager, you will be the lead practitioner on shift. You will mentor, support and coach new team members and draw upon your extensive experience to manage any challenges that may arise. No two days are the same. If you enjoy problem-solving and have confidence in your ability to make a difference to a child's life, then please apply.
For our children, you will provide emotional support, establish strong relationships, boundaries and routines, and create a warm and nurturing home environment. You will promote each child needs, champion them, and support them to fulfil their potential as a good parent would. Whether this means getting involved in cooking, sports, outdoor adventures, music, or even getting a manicure, you will engage the children, open them up to new experiences and nurture their self-esteem and confidence.
Most of our homes operate on a ratio of 2:1 or 1:1, but you will never feel alone. You will work collaboratively with our education, therapy and outdoor teams as well as colleagues from the wider sector, keeping the children at the heart of all you do. You will have the support of a dedicated, compassionate, like-minded team, who are all committed to the achievement and wellbeing of both our children and everyone in the AWW community.
The Ideal Candidate
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. You will already have achieved your Level 3 Diploma or equivalent in Children and Young People’s Workforce.
We are looking for candidates who are resilient, dedicated and have a can-do attitude. This role offers a great work- life balance with our condensed working rota and sleep-ins. Shifts start between 8am and 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 and a reference will be contacted prior to interview.
If you have experience as a Support Worker, Healthcare Assistant, RSW or similar, please get in touch. Just imagine the lives we can turn around together. A Wilderness Way – specialist care that creates a path to a better tomorrow.
Senior Residential Support Worker
Please note candidates must be within a 45 minute commute of Penrith. This is a key requirement for this role.
£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
- Paid for your mandatory training.
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.