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Residential Child Care Worker Apprentice Windows for Children

The Applicants role will develop skills from multi-agency working and develop positive trusting relationships with residents. They will develop an understanding of trauma informed practice and therapeutic parenting. The role requires them to become a central figure in the lives of children who have experienced adverse early life experiences.

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Closing date: 16 Dec 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £20,144.00

    Position offered at an annual wage of £20,144 plus sleep in duties at £45 per sleep.

  • Working week

    40 hours per week on a 12-week rolling rota, including sleep-in duties. Two shift patterns per day, early (07:00 - 15:00) and late (14:00 - 22:00). Days to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    19 Dec 2022

  • Date posted

    02 Nov 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Higher
    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000102284

  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Purpose of Position:

  • To be a flexible, dynamic, professional and proactive member of the team responsible for meeting the physical, personal and emotional needs of children in a way that both respects their individuality and aids the healing process
  • To work towards enabling children to complete the Windows for Children therapeutic programme as whole and strong people, with a range of appropriate skills and strategies

Core Responsibilities:

  • To promote the physical, social, academic and emotional well-being of every child
  • To support the programme's equal opportunities policy and ethos by ensuring the highest standard of understanding and knowledge
  • To be a positive role model at all times
  • To conduct myself as an positive ambassador of, and custodian of Windows for Children’s reputation at all times
  • To familiarise myself with and adhere to the Windows for Children Staff Code of Conduct
  • To work in close liaison with the rest of the staff group, and participate in staff meetings, staff training and development activities
  • To assist children who need help, reassurance, comfort or refreshment, including during a sleeping-in duty
  • To carry out all necessary paperwork during shifts (i.e. RCW forms, Contact/Health/Education Event Sheets, Case Notes, Therapeutic Observations etc.)
  • To help in the general running and maintenance of the home, including performing domestic duties
  • To ensure that all relevant information is handed over at the change of shifts
  • To undertake sleeping in duties and assist the waking night staff when required
  • To actively participate in regular supervision sessions and appraisals. To be critically reflective in your own practice and recognise that learning is a lifelong undertaking
  • To read, understand and follow all Windows for Children policies and procedures
  • To attend and contribute to the weekly team meeting

Therapeutic Responsibilities:

  • To organise, support, lead, observe and report on therapeutic group games/exercises
  • To undertake individual direct work with children, and to support colleagues who are undertaking such work

Safeguarding Responsibilities:

  • To put the children's well-being and safety, and fire and accident prevention first in every situation
  • To adhere to the company dress policy ensuring that the home environment is desexualised
  • To remain vigilant at all times and to report any concerns to the Designated/Deputy Designated Safeguarding lead as soon as is practically possible
  • To report any concerns, critical observations or safeguarding issues to the Designated/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leader

Academic Responsibilities:

  • To work closely with the teacher to undertake reasonable duties to support the child in the learning environment and support children with homework and or projects

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

The apprentice will undertake the Level 4 Children, Young People and Families Standard, NCFE Level 3 Diploma for Residential Children, on and off the job training, Functional Skills, developing their Skills Knowledge and behaviours. All training will take place within the working week within the workplace. Site visits will be carried out by a personal Tutor.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Potential for full time employment for the right candidate.

Many employers retain apprentices in full/part time positions.

The Qualifications you gain can also help you to get into higher education or other employment.

Being an apprentice gives you the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification and developing professional skills whilst earning a salary, inside some of Kent’s best companies.

Once the apprenticeship has been achieved you will have the skills, abilities and experience to update and enhance your CV, to make it attractive to potential employers.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Organisation skills, Creative, Patience, Child Focused, Commitment to safeguarding, Understand health & Safety, Calm and focused, Solution Focused, Flexibility

Qualifications

GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9-4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9-4) Desired
Other NVQ/BTEC/GNVQ in Health and Social Care or Child C (Grade Pass) Desired

Things to consider

Potential for full time employment for the right candidate. Many employers retain apprentices in full/part time positions The qualifications you gain can also help you to get into higher education or other employment Being an apprentice gives you the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification and developing professional skills whilst earning a salary, inside some of Kent’s best companies. Once the Apprenticeship has been achieved you will have the skills, abilities and experience to update and enhance your CV, to make it attractive to potential employers.

About the employer

Windows for Children is an eight-bed therapeutic residential children’s home. Windows for Children provide care for children aged between 5 – 10 years upon admission, caring for them during a two year therapeutic programme, before supporting them to transition into a long term foster placement.

Employer

Windows for Children

Address

74 DARGETS ROAD

CHATHAM

ME5 8BL

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Training

Training provider

ABM TRAINING (UK) LTD

Contact

Kathryn Pullen

kathryn@abmtraining.co.uk

07534305219

Apprenticeship standard

Children, young people and families practitioner

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)


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