Casual Residential Child Care Worker

Lancashire County Council
Lancaster, Lancashire
Salary £11.47 per Hour
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

| Salary £11.47 per Hour  | Casual hours per week | Children's Residential Service | Nelson

Casual Residential Childcare Worker

Team: Marsden Hall Road Children's Home

Location: Nelson, Lancashire


We are currently recruiting…

Casual Residential Childcare workers to work at Marsden Hall Road Children's Home in Nelson within Children's Social Services at Lancashire County Council.

As a Residential Childcare worker, your position within Children's Social Services will play a vital role supporting young people who live within our children's home. We are a 3 bed children's home based in Nelson, Lancashire, who look after young people ages 13-18, often with social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties who have struggled to settle in our larger 6 bedded homes. An integral part of your role will be working with our young people on a day-to-day basis, helping them to develop lifelong skills and sharing experiences which will stay with them into adulthood. Furthermore, you will provide them with support, advice and guidance in all aspects of their lives and help them to become the best they can be. You will work within an experienced team who have the same ethos as you and who can help you to develop within your role. You will also have opportunities to work with other teams and agencies, such as health and education, to create a bespoke package of care for our young people.


What we are looking for…


Passion – You'll be passionate about making a difference to the lives of our young people and the key people within their lives; taking a holistic approach in the way you work with our young people. You will want to help our young people to develop lifelong skills and knowledge which they can use in their day to day lives and take with them on their journey to independence. Not only this, you will have a passion for working with others in order to provide bespoke, individualised care for our young people. You will be supportive of your colleagues and keen to develop professionally and personally and form lasting relationships with others.


Practical – You'll be a problem solver, with an ability to think calmly and rationally whilst keeping our young people's best interests at the forefront of all decisions. You'll take pride in your work and enjoy building positive and lasting relationships with our young people and help them to realise their potential. You will have positive communication skills, both written and verbal, and you will work well with others in a collaborative manner. As a casual member of staff you will work on an 'as and when' basis including weekends and sleeping in, ensuring the home is covered 24/7, 365 days a year.


Driving: Although this post does not require you to have your own vehicle, it does require all applicants to have a full UK driving licence. Transporting our young people to and from family contact as well as in emergency situations is an integral part of the role, therefore the ability to drive our fleet vehicles is essential.


Collaborative - You'll be working alongside a skilled and passionate team, as well as working with the young people who live at the home and the key people within their lives. You will also work alongside other professionals, such as social workers, health professionals and education providers to provide a multi-agency approach to help create a bespoke package of care for the young people. By working with a range of professionals and alongside our established and highly skilled staff team, you can deliver the very best outcomes for our young people, as well as broadening your own knowledge of different services.



Why join us…

Location: Lancashire (rated one of the best places to live in the UK!)


Salary: £11.47 Per hour  + allowances


Benefits: As a casual worker you can opt in to shifts you are offered in our home and a number of other homes across Lancashire should you have the availability. As a casual worker you are not entitled to annual leave however an additional payment of 7% of your pay is added to your wages to compensate you for this. Increased hourly rate for weekend working as well as a nightly rate for sleeping over at the children's home. As we are a home, we like to encourage our staff to have their meals with the children so meals for staff are provided when on shift. LCC has a generous local government pension with shared AVC's available & a benefits package which has everything from dog care to day care, holidays at home or abroad, long service awards, Medicash, support groups, cycle to work schemes and eye tests, plus much more.


Development: you'll get support and development along the journey – the residential service offers a sector leading training programme which offers on the job formal qualifications. As a casual worker within the residential services, you may be offered the chance to take up a temporary or permanent role within the organisation. Aspiring leaders can be offered the opportunity to attend a Leadership Academy to support your progression into leadership positions as well as supportive reflection and supervision for yourself, opportunities for personal growth and development, multidisciplinary initiatives, mentoring, the opportunity to make a difference, feel valued and achieve the job satisfaction you've always wanted plus all the benefits of working with Lancashire County Council.



We don't have a "one size fits all" idealism, we are committed to achieving a diverse workforce so we would especially welcome applications from those who would support that challenge whilst enhancing our service by joining us – we welcome applications from those who feel gaining positive outcomes for our young people is more important than watching the clock


 If you have questions about this post prior to application, feel free to call the home manager Danielle Ward 01282 470262


The post you are applying for is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). If successful you will be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a 'disclosure'. Further information can be found on the 'Our Recruitment Process' tab.



Please ensure you have uploaded and attached your supporting statement to evidence how you meet the criteria for the role. The panel may be unable to shortlist you for interview without this evidence.


You will be required to provide a car for use in connection with the duties of this post and must be insured for business use. However, we may consider you if you cannot drive because of a disability.


This post is a COVID-19 critical post. The successful applicant/s will be required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing and are strongly encouraged to take up the offer of the COVID-19 vaccination.


In return Lancashire County Council offers a range of benefits, found on our website here

We reserve the right to close down a vacancy early, before the closing date, if we receive sufficient applications.

Job Description & Person Specification

Additional Information

  • Minimum Salary: 22129
  • Maximum Salary: 22129
  • Pay Basis: Yearly
  • Schedule Type: Casual
  • Contract Type: Casual
  • Hours: 0
  • Closing Date: Aug 15, 2022

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