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Senior Residential Support Workers

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Children’s Social Care
Work Location
Atkinson Secure Children's Home, Exeter  EX4 8AN
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Occupational group
Social Care & Health
Salary details
£21,693 to £25,463 (per annum pro rata) dependent on skills and experience, plus allowances*
Job term
Appointment type
Various Hours
16, 24, 37 per week
Closing Date
22 November 2018
Interview date
5th - 7th December 2018
For an informal discussion please contact
Duty Manager on 01392 457999
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An excellent opportunity has arisen for Senior Residential Support Workers to join our team at the Atkinson Secure Children’s Home based in Exeter. 

You will work as part of a small, supportive team to provide a safe, caring, stimulating and secure environment for children and young people who have experienced significant trauma and need to be secured because they are a risk to themselves or others. 

The nature of this job can be challenging due to the level of conflict, violence and aggression leading to physical interventions which is why we provide a comprehensive induction and on-going training, development and support but this work is highly rewarding.  

About Us
Atkinson is a Devon County Council Secure Children's Home which provides a safe and therapeutic environment for young people (aged 10-17 years) with emotional and behavioural difficulties. The children and young people we care for are often in crisis and require intensive support. The Home is graded by Ofsted as 'Good' and with your support we are aiming to become 'Outstanding'. For further information about the Home please visit: https://www.atkinsondevon.org/

About You
Preferably you will have experience of working with young people in a residential or similar setting. Due to the needs of our young people, you will have experience of working with young people who have complex needs and present with challenging behaviours. If you have the below skills and qualities we would like to hear from you:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to remain calm in difficult situations
  • Commitment and a ‘can do’ attitude
  • A team player
  • Able to build positive relationships with children and young people
  • Empathy and understanding for causes of behaviour
  • Emotional resilience and self-awareness
  • Able to communicate with young people when they are highly dysregulated
  • Experience of keyworking or similar individual case responsibilities
  • Ability to mentor less experienced care staff
  • Able to work AM and PM shifts and every other weekend

If you are keen to develop and progress, we can support you with your personal development.  

Working for Devon County Council delivers all the benefits you would expect from a large employer including:

  • Salary - £21,693 to £25,463 depending on skills and experience (*you will receive an unsocial hours payment depending on your hours and starting salary and a secure allowance of £752.34 per annum) plus sleep-in allowances (£35.37 p/night)
  • Relocation allowance of up to £4,000
  • Generous annual leave and other holiday entitlements
  • Entry into the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Eligibility for enhanced maternity, paternity, adoption and sick pay
  • Excellent free training opportunities including level 3 Diploma in Residential Care, Restorative Approaches and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
  • Incremental pay increased within your pay grade 
  • Excellent career opportunities within Atkinson or Devon County Council
  • On site accommodation at a reduced monthly rental amount may be available

Please specify on your application form any preference for preferred hours.

This role is unique and can be challenging and for shortlisted applicants prior to the recruitment day you will be invited to visit the Home on the morning of Wednesday 28th November 2018 to meet staff, ask questions about the job and to have a tour of the Home and facilities.

As part of the recruitment process there will be several assessments and an interview to ensure that we recruit the right applicants, but equally this is an opportunity for applicants to find out about the role.

Following the recruitment day if you meet the requirements than you will be required to work at least 4 shadow shifts, alongside staff, working at least 24 -32 hours prior to an offer, subject to pre-employment checks, being confirmed. You will be employed as a casual worker paid on an hourly basis and times/dates to be agreed with you to include cover during evening and weekends.

To find out more about the role please refer to the “Senior Residential Support Worker Fact Sheet” along with the job description and person specification.


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This role requires a DBS disclosure.

This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.

Personal data we collect from you will be processed in accordance with the Applicant privacy notice.