Job Title: Waking Nights Support Worker

Salary: £19,448 – £20, 488

Location: Underley Garden School, Kirkby Lonsdale.

Hours: Full time

Contract: Permanent

If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!

We’re looking for a Night Support Worker to join our team at Underley based in Kirkby Lonsdale. Someone who is motivated by helping others, patient and resilient would be perfect for this role.

About the school

Underley Garden School is an Ofsted Outstanding School and outstanding children’s home. Our young people have a range of complex needs associated with autism and learning disabilities, including complex communication, sensory and behavioural needs associated with their disabilities.

We want people who focus on ensuring positive outcomes for our children and adults and take responsibility for helping improve their lives. We share the value of creating a safe and nurturing home and we want people who can be fair and respectful, in order to do the right thing to support everyone in our care.

About the Group

We are part of Acorn Care and Education and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

Acorn Care and Education provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential children’s homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and to make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through a relentless focus on caring and learning.

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About the Role

Do you want a rewarding Career? To make a positive difference to young people and their lives? Are you patient, empathetic, resilient and supportive? Yes? – We want you!

From day one, we will train and support you, ultimately developing you into a care professional.

As a Night Support Worker, you will work shifts from 22:30 to 9:15 and will be required to attend 2 additional monthly training sessions.

During these hours you will be working with the children within their day to day lives, helping  them with their nightly routine and assisting with the personal care and emotional support needs the young people may have. A key responsibility is to Safeguard all who are in our care and ensure they are safe and healthy.

Other duties include liaising with other staff, working to agreed care plans and keeping the home clean, tidy, safe and secure.

This is a challenging and physically demanding job but highly rewarding. All of our children and young people have complex needs associated with autism, communication and learning disabilities. They can present with complex communication needs and challenging behaviour associated with their disability. You will be extensively trained in how to support our young people positively and how to intervene and de-escalate situations as required.

Who we need

This role doesn’t require any experience, just an individual who is friendly, compassionate, resilient, and calm under pressure and who has the desire to learn and work with children and young people with complex needs.

In return we will provide you with full training, including Team Teach and and Level 3 Health and Social care qualification, paid for and supported on site. If you are successful, you will need to complete this qualification within two years of your start date.

Key responsibilities

  • Provide a safe, caring and healthy environment where children can thrive and develop independence
  • Promote and celebrate diversity
  • Safeguard all young people and support them with their individual and personal needs
  • Integrate into the supportive team
  • To record a log, details of incidents etc., as required by policy and procedure

Please see the Job description for further responsibilities.

Essential criteria

  • You must be willing to partake in physical intervention training and utilise this training, if needs must. 
  • You must be able to get to the site for shifts with ease. A driving licence is desirable in order to support young people to access activities and home visits. 

Why work for us?

  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Be part of a supportive and dedicated team
  • Continuous professional development and training
  • Funded Level 3 qualification.
  • Internal Promotion
  • Staff meals
  • Use of a Windermere campsite
  • Team building
  • Employee of the month
  • Potential overtime
  • Free Gym membership
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters” – The ability to speak to a counsellor for support regarding your mental health.
  • Employee Rewards Hub – An app which offers high-street discounts, hints and tips.

There is further earning potential for overtime with every additional hour at £10.75ph.

Acorn Care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS. We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for everybody in our care. A full application form must be completed with all employment dates accurate and gaps in employment accounted for.