Support Worker – Residential Home – Walsall

Location: Sandwell

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 23 May 2021

Salary: £20,174, rising to £20,929 upon successful completion of probationary period and mandatory training

Specific Hours: 40 hours shift work including weekends, bank holidays and occasional sleep-ins

Support Worker – Residential Home – Walsall

Young People 12 - 17 years old

£20,174, rising to £20,929 upon successful completion of probationary period and mandatory training

40 hours per week, shift work including weekends and bank holidays

Day Shifts between 8AM – 10PM

Includes some sleep in shifts

Walsall, WV13

We want people who have an interest in the world to help us be curious and understand our community, people who have talents that they can share with us and encourage us to pursue the things we love too.

We want someone real.  Someone who has all the best qualities a person can have and will bring them to work every day no matter what is going on in the home.  We want people who are brave to get out of their comfort zone and try things with us. People who know themselves well enough to be able to make a fool of themselves in karaoke and show us you don’t have to be perfect.  Most of all we are looking for people who have lived their lives and understand how to be with people, how to show us love and how to repair and put things right when we have had disagreements.

If you can do these things, then you should do this job. 

St Christopher’s Young People

We have presently a fantastic opportunity to join one of our  Residential Homes located in Walsall, and make a real difference to our Young People’s live.

About Us

Our vision is for every child and young person to be safe, loved and happy, to achieve their potential and have a bright future.

St Christopher's is a leading charity for children and young people and we are proud of our history for providing fostering, children's homes and a range of innovative leaving care services across the UK & Isle of Man.  We have a passionate commitment to our young people, placing them at the centre of everything we do.  We provide positive life experiences for young people who are unable to sustain a placement in their parental or foster home.

We are an equal opportunity employer and keen to develop an inclusive workforce were people feel they belong.  We hope to attract applications from under- represented groups including people from different cultures, nationalities, socio economic backgrounds, ages, disabilities, religion, faith, sex, orientation, child care responsibilities and with gender diverse identities.

St Christopher’s Academy

At St Christopher`s we can provide more than just a care job. We can offer you a career where you can develop your skills and knowledge while making a difference to young people’s lives.

When you join St Christopher’s, we will set you up in your career with a tailored development plan. Whether you want to move across to a different service, become a Manager or just explore further your current role, we will support you to map out your career trajectory and help you achieve your professional ambitions. If you want to learn more about St Christopher’s Academy, please click here

We are proud that 84% of all our Team Leaders, Deputies and Managers are internal promotions. 

About the Role

As Support Worker at St Christopher’s you will travel with our young people on their life journey and have the opportunity to make an impact on their lives. You will be coaching on life skills, joining in with activities, helping with homework and being a positive role model.

We aim to improve young people’s self-esteem so they believe in themselves and feel confident enough to reach for their dreams.

Applicants should have

  • Genuine commitment to working and supporting Young People to achieve their full potential.
  • Ability to build genuine and trusting relationships with young people.
  • Resilience to cope with challenging behaviour and circumstances.
  • Ability to motivate young people and encourage their independence.
  • High personal and professional standards.
  • Flexibility to undertake shift working including weekends and bank holidays, and occasional sleep-ins.

What you should expect from us

  • Salary: £20,174, rising to £20,929 upon successful completion of probationary period and mandatory training.
  • Competitive pay and reward structure offering salary progression based on performance.
  • Tailored career development plan through our “St Christopher’s Academy”.
  • A friendly working environment, a fun, open and honest culture.
  • 25 days holiday rising to 27 days after 3 years’ service, plus Bank Holidays, pro-rata.
  • Industry Leading training programme including access to level 3 qualifications, children’s right and participation, CSE, empowerment, mental health and Social Pedagogy,
  • Contributory pension scheme, Enhanced Maternity and Company Sick Scheme.
  • BUPA Employee Assistance Programme, offering counselling, financial advice and legal support.
  • Interest-free season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme.
  • Discount shopping scheme at hundreds of retailers across the UK.
  • Discretionary Funded Training Programs.
  • Employee Awards based on performance and length of service.

Recruitment Process

At St Christopher’s we are committed to the safeguarding of all children and young people in our care. During the recruitment process you will be expected to complete an online application form to ensure we capture essential information to meet legislation, best practice and vetting requirements.

Applicants will ideally already be on the DBS Update Service; if this is not the case St Christopher's will carry out a DBS (police) check prior to starting.

Your online application must include a supporting statement addressing the criteria stated in the Person Specification. For the full Job Description and Person Specification click here

For more information or assistance during the application process, please contact recruitment@stchris.org.uk

Closing date: 23/05/2021

We advise to apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and this opportunity might be filled before the stated closing date.

St Christopher’s Fellowship has a minimum age requirement of 21 for roles working directly with children and young people in our residential and semi-independent Homes.

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