Do you have some experience of working with children with learning disabilities?
Are you looking for a rewarding, varied role where each day can offer a fresh challenge?
Are you passionate about making a real difference to someone’s life?
If so then we would like to hear from you.
Tudor House is a residential children's home that provides overnight short breaks for up to five children and young people with learning disabilities between the ages of 8 and 18. Our dedicated team of staff work hard to create a positive, safe, stimulating and homely environment in which each young person’s individual 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.
Tudor House has been rated outstanding by Ofsted since 2008.
For an informal discussion, please contact Clare Brunt - Practice Manager on 01273 296462.
About the role
About the role
You will join a team of committed staff in supporting the young people staying at Tudor House, some of whom have additional physical disabilities and complex needs. You will help them to participate in all aspects of daily life and to develop their skills so that they can maintain as much independence as possible. The work will involve:
- supporting with intimate personal care where required
- ensuring young people's physical, intellectual, emotional and social needs are met and optimising opportunities for play, leisure and learning pursuits
- undertaking a range of domestic tasks including cleaning, shopping, providing freshly prepared meals etc.
- planning, organising and participating in a range of stimulating activities both at Tudor House and within the wider community e.g. swimming, walking, visits to the cinema, pier, bowling, shopping, etc.
- assisting with the administration of medication
- using various communication tools to help young people to express themselves
- maintaining records
- creating and maintaining relationships with family members, carers and friends
- Liaising with other professionals to ensure the best all round support for each young person
You will need to have:
- Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (or equivalent qualification) or be willing to obtain this qualification, which is now an apprenticeship, within 2 years of starting the job
- some understanding of childcare or child development
- good written, numerical, and organisational skills
- the ability to work on your own initiative and think quickly in a difficult situation
- the ability to work as part of a team
- the ability to meet the physical, emotional and mental demands of the job
You will also need to be able to work a four-week rolling rota as follows:
Early shifts: 7.00 am to 2.30 pm (until 11.00 am in term time)
Late shifts: 2.00 pm to 9.30 or 10.00 pm.
In addition you will be required to work 2 weekends a month and do a “sleep-in” duty at least once a month.
N.B. if your availability does not fit this criteria we would still be interested in hearing from you as we may have other roles available. Please call or email for more details.
Working for us
We can offer you:
- a generous salary
- time and a half for working at weekends, double time for working on a bank holiday and time and a third for working at night (between 8pm and 6am)
- additional payment for “sleep-in” duty
- the opportunity to volunteer to work extra shifts
- a career average pension scheme
- generous holiday up to 25 days a year
- regular supervision meetings and fortnightly team meetings plus
- a fantastic range of other staff benefits - you can get discounts with high street retailers such as Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, Argos and Boots as well as cinemas, local attractions and holiday companies via our external benefits provider
Please read our Apply for a job at the council (brighton-hove.gov.uk) pages carefully. They give you all the guidance you need to complete your application as well as information on what will happen after you’ve submitted your application and at interview.
As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Supporting statement guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: This role does not meet the requirement for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Successful candidates will need to evidence that they have the Right to Work in the UK.
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, 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.