Experienced Practitioner - Support Worker – Days or Nights – West London

Location: North Kensington

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 14 August 2024

Salary: Days: £25,490 per annum ; Waking Night: £27,352 per annum

Specific Hours: 40 hours per week

Experienced Practitioner - Support Worker – Days or Nights – West London

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


  • Days £25,490 per annum

  • Waking Nights £27,352 per annum

Overtime and Bank Holidays paid time and a half 

Location: North Kensington, W10

About the Role

We are looking for experienced support workers who has worked in residential and or youth Services that is keen to continue developing their skills in an organisation that has strong values on how we work directly with young people. The support workers will assist young people to achieve their goals, dreams and inspiration. The home supports many young people, everyday will keep you active and no day is the same.

We work with a range of professionals to give our young people a strong start when they move into independence. The candidates must be creative in how they engage with young people aged 16-24 and must have a strong understanding of safeguarding.

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. We are proud of our history of providing fostering, children's homes and 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 keen to develop an inclusive workforce where people feel they belong.  We hope to attract applications from under- represented groups, including people from different cultures, nationalities, socioeconomic backgrounds, ages, disabilities, religions, faith, sex, orientation, childcare responsibilities, and gender-diverse identities.

Watch our short video to gain an insight into our working life here at St Christopher’s

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.

Applicants should have

  • At least one year’s experience of children’s homes, semi-independent settings or youth work.
  • Experience of working with young people with complex needs (such as neurodiversity, sexual exploitation, criminal exploitation)
  • Clear understanding of safeguarding Regulations and Procedures. Awareness of the key issues and areas of practice within a residential setting, including security and health and safety.
  • An awareness of issues facing young people such as bullying, gangs, radicalisation, self-harm, sexual exploitation and how these impact on behaviour. Understanding of the impact of trauma.

What you should expect from us

  • Competitive pay and reward structure offering salary progression based on performance.
  • 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.
  • Fantastic opportunities to develop your career within our range of services.

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

We advise to apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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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