An exciting opportunity to join Extended Hope, an innovative and unique multi agency service supporting young people who are experiencing mental health and emotional crisis
Please note this a joint partnership between Surrey County Council, Surrey’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups and Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
£22,233 per annum for working 36 hours per week. You will be based at our Extended HOPE service in Guildford.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
We are committed to on-going professional development and offer a wide range of training courses that will support you to learn and develop skills throughout your employment. In addition we will provide the opportunity for you to complete your level 3 NVQ if you do not already have this. There is a requirement for this to be completed within 2 years of your start date in role with us.
An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.
Surrey County Council Residential Homes can accommodate children up to 18/19 years of age. Due to legal requirements set out by the DFE national minimum standards the successful applicant is required to be at least 4 years older than our oldest accommodated child.
About the Role
Do you see yourself as a positive role model for young people?
Do you think you can empower young people to make positive life choices?
Are you looking for a challenge?
Are you approachable and able to engage?
If so we may have the role for you……
Extended Hope was launched in October 2015 as a satellite service from the Hope service which is commissioned to prevent or shorten psychiatric admissions and out of county placements. This multi-agency service provides support to 11-18 year olds who are suffering from mental and emotional health issues or have social and educational needs, and specialise in projects which often cannot be met by one agency alone.
Extended Hope was initially granted innovation funding as an out of hours intervention service for young people experiencing mental health and emotional crises and currently delivers a daily evening telephone and face to face assessment provided by mental health nurses based in the home. It also provides 2 short term respite beds to respond to young people in crisis requiring respite in order to allow them to stay closer to their families and communities. The respite beds allow young people to be admitted to the home for up to ten days. It is a registered children’s home inspected by Ofsted.
Residential staff provide care and support to the young people who are staying short term in the children's home. During the week residential staff support young people to attend their education placement or accompany young people to the Hope service day programme. In the evenings and at weekends staff support the young people with family/carers contact and activities based within the home and in the local community. The working pattern comprises of early, late and night shifts, and sleep ins.
For the this post you won’t necessarily need experience of children’s residential work, but will need to demonstrate experience of working with and have an understanding of some of the complex issues many children and young people in care may have. You will need to have empathy and resilience, whilst also being enthusiastic, reliable and flexible in your approach and attitude to work.
As a Residential Worker you will:
- Be-able to interact and build relationships with young people
- Co-ordinate, promote and engage in activities with young people
- Participate in the implementation and monitoring of care plans for individual children
- Maintain good communications and continuity of work practice within the home
- Write reports
To be shortlisted for this position your application will clearly evidence:
- Good written skills
- Ability and preparedness to recognise and deal appropriately with conflict
- Awareness of the existence and effects of social disadvantage and discrimination
- Aspirations to “make a difference” and a view to practice in a restorative way
- A positive, adaptable, confident, and resilient approach to work
- A committed and flexible attitude in all that you do
Please make sure you reference the full job description attached at the bottom of this advert.
For more information please contact Christine Gee- firstname.lastname@example.org
This advert closes at 23:59 3rd March 2019.
Interview dates are to be confirmed.
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