Action for Children
Action for Children

Charity registered in Scotland SC038092

Action for Children helps some of the UK's most vulnerable children and young people. Our work is varied, the effects far reaching. 


Current vacancies

Residential Support Worker (12308)

  • Full time
  • £25,500
  • On site: Edinburgh
  • Closing 21st July 2024

Benefits:

  • 29 days annual leave PLUS bank holidays, with up to 5 additional days for continuous service and option to buy or sell leave
  • Gain professional qualifications and excellent training/development opportunities
  • Flexible maternity, adoption, and paternity packages
  • Pension with up to 7% employer contribution with included life assurance cover
  • Staff discount portal and Blue Light Card eligibility with 15,000 national retailers discounts
  • Vulnerable children in the UK need your help

Wherever you work in the Action for Children family, you'll be helping to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK.

Last year, we helped more than 670,000 children and families across the UK. From direct work in communities to national campaigning, we are focused on making sure every child has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive.

Why Action for Children?

Working here is more than a job. Everyone in the Action for Children family is passionate about protecting and supporting children. It's the sense of purpose that drives us every single day. Because we know that, when we work together, we can make a huge difference to bring lasting improvements to vulnerable children's lives.

A bit about the role

Our Residential Support Workers create a safe and supportive environment for children and young people to grow and develop. You will ensure their wellbeing is prioritised by delivering personalised care, guidance and advocacy. It is key that they stay safe and healthy and can reach their full potential.

In return we offer an in-depth induction and amazing opportunities for career progression. We'll enrol you on necessary industry qualifications along with regular supervision and team meetings to ensure you feel part of our team.

Once you have gained the relevant experience and qualifications you will be ready to progress to the next step in your career with us.

About the service

Our Gilmerton Road Project provides short breaks and outreach support for children and young people (aged 5-21) with learning disabilities and we're excited to offer a unique opportunity for experienced Residential Support Worker's to join our dedicated team.

As a Residential Support Worker, you'll play a pivotal role in empowering children and young people to explore their world, build connections, and create lasting memories by;

Facilitating Short Breaks:As part of a highly skilled team of practitioners, you'll welcome the young people we support to make the most of their short breaks, developing new skills, socialising, and gaining independence while they are in our care.

Community Engagement:You'll also spend time out and about, supporting our children to access local communities. Whether it's a trip to the beach, an afternoon at the zoo, or playtime in the park, you'll be there to facilitate enriching experiences.

We also work in partnership with CAMHS ID and our own Behaviour Consultant to develop and deliver person centred support plans that offer consistency and clear outcomes for all our young people.

How you'll help to create brighter futures

Some key responsibilities of the Residential Support Worker role;

  • Provide lead case/care planning management, including assessing, reviewing and managing risk.
  • Co-ordinating responsibilities within the service, with multi agency and producing family information, including analysis and written reports.
  • Attendance at professional meetings including reviews, court work etc.
  • Help young people in all aspects of their daily lives.
  • Have good communication skills and the ability to engage well with both young people, colleagues and other professionals.
  • Be a creative thinker and having a solution focused approach.

Let's talk about you

Are you resilient and have a positive approach to change and challenge? We're looking for someone with a ‘can do' attitude to join our team. Ideally you'll have:

  • Demonstrable experience of working in a care setting and developing positive relationships through trust.
  • Application of a range of techniques to co-ordinate and communicate with service users and their families.
  • Demonstrate a solution focused approach to address problems, individually and in a team setting.
  • Demonstrate emotional resilience to respond to the challenging nature of the role.
  • Possess a Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare (or recognised equivalent) or if you do not possess this you must be prepared to complete this within 2 years of commencing employment with us, full support will be provided.
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Housing Support Worker (12354)

  • Full time
  • £25,600
  • On site: Haddington, East Lothian
  • Closing 24th July 2024

Vulnerable children in the UK need your help

Wherever you work in the Action for Children family, you'll be helping to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK.

Last year, we helped more than 670,000 children and families across the UK. From direct work in communities to national campaigning, we are focused on making sure every child has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive.

Why Action for Children?

Working here is more than a job. Everyone in the Action for Children family is passionate about protecting and supporting children. It's the sense of purpose that drives us every single day. Because we know that, when we work together, we can make a huge difference to bring lasting improvements to vulnerable children's lives.

A bit about the role

New Horizons provides residential housing support to young people; aged 16-25 years referred by East Lothian Housing Department who are declared as homeless or threatened with homelessness.

The Service seeks to support young people to prepare for more independent living, working with residents on a range of issues e.g. budgeting, food preparation and safe storage, household chores and practical skills, managing neighbourhood relations and disputes, accessing specialist services and employability.

We're looking for a Housing Support Worker who can engage with young people, providing structured and focused housing support them to gain crucial life skills to enable them to live more independently or sustain their accommodation in the community. This support may be provided as a 1:1 or as small focused group work.

You'll join a committed and dedicated team who together help build a foundation for a brighter and more secure future for the young people we work with.

We offer a 4 week rolling rota which will enable you to plan ahead and promotes a great work life balance due to the flexibility in scheduling and also those seeking working solely nights.

How you'll help to create brighter futures

Some key responsibilities for the Housing Support Worker role are;

  • Building working relationships with multi-agency partners from the statutory and voluntary sectors to deliver the best outcomes for young people, including ELC Housing Department, benefits agencies, specialist health services, employment and training providers.
  • Supporting young people to engage with local agencies and organisations which assists them to sustain their accommodation and place within the community e.g. accessing leisure activities, GP and health services.
  • Ensuring that the Service complies with all Action for Children and East Lothian Council Standards and Procedures and with regard to case file recording / paperwork, incident and accident reporting, safeguarding and health and safety. Practitioners will use Action for Children E-systems to identify needs, interventions and the Outcome Star to measure and record outcomes.

Let's talk about you

  • SVQ3 or equivalent or a desire to work towards this in the first year of employment, to enable registration to the SSSC as a worker in Housing Support.
  • Experience of working within a multi-agency social care, early years or health environment and applying safeguarding procedures or a knowledge of these through personal experience or circumstances.
  • Ability to follow procedures and complete assessments, develop plans and review plans to ensure positive outcomes.
  • A knowledge of an outcome based approach to planning, delivering and reviewing services.
  • Producing concise and accurate reports to agreed standards, formats and timelines, which may be used ultimately for formal reviews.

Benefits:

  • A generous annual leave entitlement of 29 days PLUS bank holidays
  • Up to 5 more days leave for continuous service plus the option to buy and sell leave.
  • Gain professional qualifications with excellent training, and development opportunities.
  • Flexible maternity, adoption, and paternity packages.
  • A pension with a up to a 7% employer contribution rate. Plus, if you pay in to the pension you will receive life assurance cover.
  • Staff discount portal with your favourite brands.
  • Blue Light Card eligibility with 15,000 discounts from national retailers.
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Housing Support Worker (12362)

  • Part time
  • £24,300 pro-rata
  • On site: Dundee
  • Closing 24th July 2024

Benefits:

  • 29 days annual leave PLUS bank holidays pro rata, with up to 5 additional days for continuous service and option to buy or sell leave
  • Gain professional qualifications and excellent training/development opportunities
  • Flexible maternity, adoption, and paternity packages
  • Pension with up to 7% employer contribution with included life assurance cover
  • Staff discount portal and Blue Light Card eligibility with 15,000 national retailers discounts.
  • Vulnerable children in the UK need your help

Wherever you work in the Action for Children family, you'll be helping to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK.

Last year, we helped more than 670,000 children and families across the UK. From direct work in communities to national campaigning, we are focused on making sure every child has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive.

Why Action for Children?

Working here is more than a job. Everyone in the Action for Children family is passionate about protecting and supporting children. It's the sense of purpose that drives us every single day. Because we know that, when we work together, we can make a huge difference to bring lasting improvements to vulnerable children's lives.

A bit about the role

Our Homeless prevention team works closely with young people aged 16-21 and families in Dundee. Our aim is early intervention to prevent family breakdowns and reduce the risk of homelessness. We support young people who are at risk of/ and are homeless. We aim to provide a welcoming, non-judgmental, and confidential environment, working in partnership with young people and their families to encourage informed healthy decisions.

As a Housing Support Worker, you'll play a crucial role in supporting vulnerable young individuals. You'll be supporting young people to achieve their potential by establishing relationships within the community and contributing to care plans, support plans, and risk assessments.

We believe in collaborative decision-making and our approach involves working closely with young people and their families. By actively involving them in the process, we empower them to make informed choices about their housing options. You'll make a significant impact on the lives of vulnerable young individuals. Your dedication and compassion will help shape their futures

How you'll help to create brighter futures

Some key responsibilities for the Housing Support Worker role are;

  • Maintaining effective working relationships and channels of communications with colleagues and with young people and families and where necessary encourage and promote involvement to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Being alert to child protection and safeguarding issues and inform appropriate line managers of concerns in line with safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • Participating in regular supervision sessions and practice meetings to maintain a cohesive approach and undertake training as identified.
  • Working towards GIRFEC outcome and comply with Health and Social Care Standards and the SSSC Code of conduct.
  • Enabling young people to develop independent living skills and sustain tenancy.

Let's talk about you

  • SVQ Level 3 or equivalent level qualification in Residential Childcare, Social Services & Healthcare or similar and/or willingness to work towards.
  • Knowledge and awareness of methods of prevention of homeless intervention.
  • The ability to keep young people as the focus of all work and ensure the young persons feelings and wishes are represented in meetings and record keeping.
  • Experience of working as part of a team or as an individual to deliver a frontline service.

Good to know

Application Process: There are five sections to complete: Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information, Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration.

Talent Pool: We know talent when we see it. But sometimes we find the right person but not for the right job. We'd love to keep your details for when the right job comes up. Let us know if you'd rather we didn't.

Contact: If, for any reason, you need support with your application, please contact Laura McCarthy at Laura.McCarthy2@actionforchildren.org.uk. We'll be happy to give you any support you require.

Diversity, equality, and inclusion

At Action for Children, we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic, and disabled candidates as they are under-represented within Action for Children. We want to take deliberate and purposeful action to ensure equal opportunity to all groups in society and for Action for Children.

Don't meet every single requirement?

Male staff are under-represented within our Children Service roles. We would like to encourage more male applicants for our Children Service roles.

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