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Residential Childrens Worker

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 

 

Our Values are:

About the team we are recruiting to

We value diverse perspectives and experiences and are striving to create a workplace culture that is inclusive, is accepting of all and is free from discrimination and bias.

In Coventry, we are working hard to build something special. Children and families are at the heart of everything we do, and we believe they deserve the best outcomes.  Children’s Services provides a wide range of statutory and non-statutory duties, from Early Help Services, through to children who are looked after.  

The service reflects and responds to the changing needs of children and their families.  It works to enable a reflective and flexible approach, with a strong Early Help offer and a real focus on Relationship Based Practice and Signs of Safety, which focuses on intervention and keeping families together. 

Children’s Services is proud of its achievements to date and is continuing to ensure children and families remain at the heart of all it does.  We will provide you with an environment where social work can flourish, with high support, high challenge and manageable caseloads.  Children’s Services is proud of its workforce, who are committed, dedicated, and work to a high standard. We are seeking other like minded practitioners who would like to join us.  We pride ourselves on building relationships with families and partners and hold respectful practice at the centre of all we do.

 

What is the job role?

We currently have 5 well-established Children's Residential Homes within the city and a forward-thinking vision to open additional homes enabling Coventry’s young people to stay closer to their family, friends and community.  

At present we care for up to 16 looked after children aged 10 to 18 years, who have a diverse range of needs and may have been impacted by childhood trauma. 

By joining our highly motivated and dedicated team working in our Children’s Homes offers opportunities to make a real difference to the lives of our amazing looked after children. We deliver excellent standards of care using Signs of Safety and ensuring Relationship Based Practice provides a safe and nurturing space for them to call home. 

What our children say 

We consulted our looked after children and young people from Coventry about how they would like to be cared for. These are some of the things they said: 

-to be listened to 

-to be treated with respect, dignity and individuality 

-to feel safe 

-to be helped to achieve our full potential 

-to be supported to be independent 

-to be cared for by people who won’t give up on us 

-to build and maintain positive relationships and where possible, not to move too far away from where we used to live and to stay in the same school 

-to make happy memories 

About the job role 

There are 3 key areas of skill essential to this role: 

Day to day carer – Supporting the children to continue their daily routines within a safe, secure, nurturing environment that they can call home and that they can thrive in. 

Relationship builder – Supporting behaviours through relationships and promoting the development of meaningful interaction between staff and children based on the core values of mutual respect, good parenting, privacy, dignity, independence, choice, rights, fulfilment, child centred, planning and partnership. 

Educator - Providing children with the information they need in a way that they understand to enable them to make informed choices about their own care and to give them the ability to make reasoned decisions about the world around them, for example, social issues, preparation for independence, physical and emotional health

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
 

Who are we looking for?

The children we look after within our homes have a diverse range of needs.  You may not have worked in residential care before, but you will need to have experience of working with children and young people and be passionate about improving outcomes for them. 

Ideally you will be a driver, have a good level of computer literacy to be able to evidence the work we do, and be committed to continued professional development. In return we will offer you a high level of support with bespoke training and if you haven’t already achieved the Diploma for Residential Childcare, we will support you to do this. 

You should have: 

-An understanding of the needs of children who become 'looked after' 

-Knowledge of relationships and their impact on children coming into and leaving care 

-An understanding of the individual needs of our children and be able to work holistically to deliver within the 3 key areas of skill 

If you think you have the right skills to help us to achieve great things for our children by placing them at the centre of everything you do and feel that you are caring, non-judgmental, enthusiastic, committed and child focused with the ability to work in partnership with others, are reflective, flexible, accountable and resilient, we would like to hear from you. 

As part of the application process, you will need to provide us with your full work history since leaving school and identify any gaps in order to meet the requirements of Schedule 2 of the Children’s Homes Regulations 2015. 

Working Patterns & Posts 

Currently we have Full-time [37 hours] and Relief posts available on a flexi-rota basis. 

Salary: £24,496 - £30,151 [£27,925 - £34,372 per annum inc. shift allowances] –  There is an additional payment for sleeping in duties.  Salary will be pro rata for part-time hours. 

For any queries or for further information please contact email on: residentialchildrensservices@coventry.gov.uk 

For full details on the application process please read the attached document labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process' 

Interview date week commencing 26th June 2023 

Residential homes for children - recruitment open evening 

We are holding a recruitment open evening for this role on Thursday 8th June 2023 

Location: Broad Park House, 2 Logan Road, Coventry, CV2 1AG  Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm 

If you are interested in this role and would like to find out more, please use the link to our registration page to book your place! www.coventry.gov.uk/residentialhomesopenevening 

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

About Coventry

Coventry has a proud, innovative and creative spirit that throughout its history has seen communities come together to tackle problems and bring about real social change.

We are cutting-edge, challenging, youthful, vibrant and diverse.

At Coventry we are committed to excellence in everything we do. With around 4800 staff from a range of different backgrounds, our aim is to recruit and develop talented people who will focus on our customers, take responsibility, work together and find better ways of doing things.

To deliver the best services to our residents, we need the best people working for us to make a difference to our communities.

If you join us, we will provide a fantastic rewards and benefits package - to find out more please visit https://www.coventry.gov.uk/council-vacancies

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