At Drove Road we provide a mixture of short breaks and full-time placements for up to eight children and young people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour between the ages of 8 and 18. Our dedicated team of staff works hard to create a positive, safe, stimulating and homely environment in which each young person’s specific needs are met and they are supported to develop and learn new skills while having fun. Particular emphasis is given to those skills that promote independence.
Our recent Ofsted inspection rated the overall service as “Good” and remarked that
“Staff enable the young people to develop and make positive progress”
The report also made specific reference to the staff who “provide the young people with clear and consistent boundaries which assist them to develop improved coping skills, and reduce levels of challenging behaviours. A committed and enthusiastic staff team responds effectively to the young people’s diverse and complex needs. Staff are supporting one young person to explore their sexuality and gender in a safe and non-judgemental environment.
The Senior Care Officer role will require you to work as part of our team to provide a flexible and consistent service to the young people who stay at Drove Road, on a 4 week rolling rota.
You will be required to identify and review individual young people's needs within the senior and wider team to ensure an effective and appropriate service. To manage, support and supervise staff and to work with the team to create a caring and stimulating environment that encourages independence and progression.
Closing Date: Tuesday 20 October 2020
Interview date: Thursday 22 October 2020
For an informal discussion, please contact Vikki Witham - Practice Manager on 01273 295530
About the role
- To assist in the promotion of high standards of care to meet individual service users’ needs in the following ways:
- Preparing, implementing and reviewing care plans for individual people in accordance with identified needs.
- Assisting people to deal with challenging behaviour and complex needs.
- Providing a high standard of residential services in line with departmental policies.
- To provide senior cover on a rota basis.
- To supervise care staff and support lead support workers.
- To attend reviews and prepare written reports on individuals for the purpose of regularly reviewing their needs with senior staff, family and other professionals.
- To help people with their personal care.
- To help formulate as well as carry out the objectives of the service.
- To liaise with other professionals and to ensure all aspects of need are met.
- To assist people in obtaining information and advice on welfare rights and statutory and non-statutory services.
- To identify the needs of carers and provide support services where appropriate.
- To work as directed with neighbourhood, community and voluntary groups.
- To participate in staff meetings, training and staff development programmes and encourage and participate in service users’ meetings.
- To embrace the Council’s Equalities Policy.
- To adhere to the Council’s and Department’s Health and Safety Policy.
- To be responsible for recruitment and induction of new staff.
- To be responsible for managing work rotas and allocating work.
- To be responsible for staff supervision.
- In general to undertake any other such duties as may reasonably fall within the purview of the post in order to provide maximum flexibility in meeting users’ needs.
You will be required to undertake such other duties appropriate to the grade and character of the work as may reasonably be required of you. Therefore, the list of duties in this job description should not be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive.
This job description refers to the duties of the post at the present time. Such duties may vary from time to time without changing the general nature of the duties or the level of responsibilities entailed. Such variations cannot themselves justify a reconsideration of the grading of the post.
We highly recommend you read the ‘Maximise your Chances’ below before you apply for this job. It is important you are able to show how you meet the Person Specification when applying. Not following this guidance is likely to reduce your chances of success.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System.
From 6 April 2011 the Home Office has placed a permanent restriction on the number of migrant workers that all Tier 2 (General) Sponsors can recruit. Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.
As part of Brighton & Hove City Council's ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process, without prior notice if a suitable redeployee (internal employee at risk of redundancy) is identified.