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Residential Worker

Essex County Council
England, Essex, Colchester
£25858 - £32998 per annum + + 26 Days Leave & Local Gov Pension
Closing date
3 Jun 2024

Job Details

Residential Worker

Permanent, Full Time

£26,834.50 up to £34,244.10 per annum (includes allowance)

Location: Colchester

Are you interested in working with children and young people to make a difference in their lives? If so, then this could be the right opportunity for you.

It is an exciting time to join Essex County Council as we invest in and expand our residential provision. New Farm Road will be a newly refurbished short-term home for five 12-16 year olds, and working as part of a multi-disciplinary team around the child you will support them to develop the skills and resilience to return to their families, or onto longer-term care.

Being a Residential Worker requires a special kind of person. Day to day your main focus will be on providing nurturing therapeutic care to children who have experienced trauma, supporting and caring for them as a parent would, and each day brings unique experiences, filled with both highs and lows.

Previous experience of working in a children's home, would be beneficial however there are many skills that you might have that would make you suitable for the role. It is important to be open minded and have a flexible and adaptable attitude and be able to manage challenges with a calm and patient demeanour. You will have an ability/willingness to understand and manage challenging behaviour including aggression and violence using a range of de-escalation techniques. You will also need to have effective written and verbal communication.

If you don't already have a Level 3 Diploma you will need to complete this within 2 years of starting employment. We will provide you with all the training you need for the role along with good quality, regular supervision. This, together with the right attitude and access to a full in-house induction, will enable you to start your career with Essex County Council with confidence.

You will work 37 hours over a mixture of early (7am - 2.30pm) and late shifts (2pm - 9.30pm) and have every other weekend off.

If shortlisted you will have an initial interview to explore the detail you provide in your application and give you an opportunity to discuss the role and ask any questions. This can be virtual or in person. If you are successful at this initial interview you will be invited to a 2nd interview at the home, where you will meet some of the team, answer a written question and some further set interview questions.

Due to nature of this role any applicants need to be at least 21 years old in order to undertake this post.


Why Essex?

Essex County Council covers 1,300 square miles from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary. From the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career.

We celebrate difference and work to ensure that no one is disadvantaged when accessing services, employment or public life in Essex. We’re proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interviewing all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. We’re also committed to interviewing all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

Free to deliver big

We recruit creative, ambitious, talented people, and free them up to think – and deliver – big.

We’ve made substantial changes in recent years, reorganising how we’re structured and how we work, so we can protect the most vulnerable and enable our economy to grow. Join us and you’ll be trusted to take control, manage change and make a lasting impact. You’ll be able to call upon external partners and suppliers to help you deliver. More importantly, talented, trailblazing colleagues – including many industry-leaders – will be right by your side to share ideas, knowledge and experience.

Find out how Essex County Council is changing, and how you’ll fit in.

Employee Recognition & Engagement

Here are some of the things we have in place to give our employees a sense of belonging, involvement and recognition. 

Employee Networks:

  • Ethnically Diverse Employee Network (EDEN)
  • Carers Forum 
  • Christian Network 
  • Disabled Employees Network 
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Network
  • Parents Network 
  • Women’s Network
  • Men’s Network
  • Young People and Apprentice Network. 

You Make The Difference’ Awards - giving employees the opportunity to nominate individuals or teams who go above and beyond for our residents.

Employee Surveys – where we listen to the voices of our people and take action on what we hear.

Employee Panels – giving you the opportunity to feed back on a range of policies and initiatives, network with colleagues and influence far-reaching changes.

Learning and Development

We have developed diverse learning opportunities to support our people to grow both personally and professionally. This includes:

  • A large suite of online training and tools
  • Dedicated learning events such as ‘LearnFest’ – our flagship annual celebration of learning
  • Apprenticeships for both new and existing colleagues
  • Financial support to achieve professional qualifications
  • Support from subject matter experts 
  • The opportunity to share your own expertise to up-skill colleagues
  • Leadership and executive coaching
  • Learning on demand
  • Career pathways

Rewards and Benefits

  • Family Friendly flexible Working
  • Generous holiday and special leave allowances (including the option to purchase extra holiday)
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance of three times annual salary
  • Volunteering leave (up to 4 days per year)
  • Employee wellbeing and counselling
  • Travel discounts & season ticket loans
  • Learning and Development opportunities/coaching & mentoring
  • Payment of professional fees for approved professions
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Lease car scheme (dependent on business needs)
  • Up to £8,000 relocation package (subject to terms and conditions)

You’ll also have access to MyReward, a unique platform for Essex County Council employees to gain various discounts and savings.

Your Wellbeing

At Essex County Council we are committed to supporting the wellbeing of our people. We work closely with our employees to provide wellbeing support based on their needs. We strive to enable the right environment, conditions, and behaviours so individual and organisational wellbeing is embedded in everything we do.

Join us and get Inspired to do More.

Company info
0845 743 0430
County Hall
Market Road
United Kingdom

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