At Kedleston Group, our vision is simple, every provision we operate will be recognised as ‘outstanding’ in every way.
We will never be the biggest, but we will lead, and others will follow.
About the role:
As a Care Worker at Vernon House, you will be an integral part of our team who put the children and young people at the heart of everything we do. You will provide a stimulating environment, conducive to the educational, personal and social development of the children as outlined on their education, health and care plans (EHCP). You will be a Key Worker for a child or small groups of children offering appropriate levels of support, guidance and care and you will maintain regular contact with the parents/carers of our children and young people, under the direction of senior staff.
Ideally, for this role, we are looking for someone who has experience of working within a children’s home setting, is passionate about supporting young people and holds, or is working towards a Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare or equivalent. If you don’t have the experience or qualifications yet, but share our commitment to developing confident and capable young people and making a difference to their lives by meeting their educational, health and social care needs in structured, nurturing school and home provisions, we would love to hear from you. We will fund your level 3 qualification and provide the support you need to successfully achieve it. If you achieve it within 12 months, you’ll also get a £1000 bonus!
What qualities you should have, according to our young people:
You need to be understanding because if someone is in crisis you can’t just ignore them or tell them they are wrong you should take the time to understand what is making feel this way. You should be funny too because why not! You should understand that this is our home, and we are quite proud of the house, and you are expected to come in and treat it with respect.
You need to be nice and good at telling jokes, fun to be around and knows the area well. You also need to be a good listener to listen to the children’s needs.
Why work for us?
- a competitive salary and generous annual leave entitlement
- a comprehensive induction programme so you can hit the ground running
- continued professional development and training
- contributions to your pension
- a friendly, passionate team committed to getting the best outcomes for our young people
- £1000 bonus upon completion of the Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare
- £500 refer-a-friend bonus
- OFSTED bonuses
- life assurance
- cycle to work scheme and laptop loans
- discounts on cinema trips, electronics, fashion, home and garden, travel, groceries, gifts, utilities, health and fitness
- birthday treats
- long service and employee of the month awards
- employee assistance and counselling service, wellbeing support and advice
- optional flu jab
Vernon House, part of Kedleston Group Limited, is an independent children’s home in Poynton for children and young people aged between the ages of 9 and 17 who may have experienced social, emotional and mental health needs. Vernon House is a home where children are helped to build resilience and where social inclusion is promoted; children are supported to be active in the local community and to enjoy and engage with educational and vocational activities. Our aim is to promote independence as well as supporting children in their rehabilitation and recovery.
We look for people to join our staff team who have the creativity and enthusiasm needed to deliver the best outcomes for the children and young people.
Kedleston Group Limited is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its children and young people and we expect all staff to share this commitment. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. You will be expected to engage in annual safeguarding training, be familiar with key policies and ensure you know the steps to take should be made aware of a safeguarding or child protection concern. You will remain vigilant and act swiftly if you have concerns about a child and be an appropriate role model for both children and colleagues at all times.
The successful candidate is required to provide references and will be expected to undertake an enhanced DBS check. We will ask you to complete a criminal self-declaration form, and we will conduct online searches for information that is publicly available. We are an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO RECRUITMENT AGENCIES:
We prefer to hire people directly, but we do have a preferred supplier list for when we need a helping hand. We'll be in touch directly if we need you! Any unsolicited CV’s will be sent at the recruitment agency’s own risk and will be interpreted as ‘gifts’ and we have no liability to you for any fee or otherwise. We reserve the right to engage with candidates directly having not, in any way, entered into your terms and conditions for this vacancy. By submitting an unsolicited CV to us, or to any member of our staff, you accept these terms as the default position. If we require your assistance with any vacancy we will contact you.