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Children's Home Practitioner (Candle Lodge) HCC60610

Job Details:

Salary range: £21,403 - £24,055 per annum, plus enhancements for: sleep-ins, evening, weekend and Bank Holiday working
Work location: Candle Lodge, Chandlers Ford
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent
Closing Date: 16 May 2021
Contact details for an informal discussion: Maggie Lilley, Deputy Manager on 07857 654863 or maggie.lilley@hants.gov.uk

Become a role model and make a difference to the lives of children in Hampshire


Do you love working with children and young people and want to help make a significant contribution to their lives?

If so, we are looking for residential Children’s Home Practitioners at our home in Chandlers Ford.

We believe passionately in ensuring our childcare practitioners have the skills and knowledge to be able to authoritatively parent our children within our service. Through working within our Model of Care – Pillars of Parenting – we focus on each child’s individual strengths to support them to develop and achieve positive outcomes. 

The key function of this role is to work directly with children and young people. It requires a child centred approach and ability to build warm, positive and strong relationships with our children. You will be a positive role model supporting children's goals and development.


In return Hampshire County Council can offer:
•    Salary and career progression.
•    Access to paid in-house training.
•    24 -27 days paid holiday, dependant on local authority service.
•    Access to free and confidential Employee Support for you and your immediate family (including 24/7 counselling and advice).
•    Free Criminal Record Check.
•    Opportunity to become a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme with Local Government employer contribution included.


For more information about this role, please visit our: 'Careers in Residential Care' website.

Daily Responsibilities:


•    Developing individual care plans and placements plans in conjunction with colleagues.
•    Responding to and actioning any health needs of the children.
•    Actively supporting and encouraging children to progress towards their full potential.
•    Using appropriate IT and reporting systems to store information and keep accurate records.
•    Carefully managing personal health and safety and contributing to the safe functioning of the home.
•    Assessing risks to each child and making arrangements in place to protect them.
•    Forming positive and supportive interactions with children, their families and other professionals.
•    Reporting and responding to any child protection concern in line with departmental procedures.
•    Following individual behaviour management plans including physical handling strategies such as Team Teach.
•    Engaging with activities which support continuous professional development.
•    Maintaining an awareness of and complying with corporate and departmental policies and procedures. Ensuring any concern is addressed with management team.

To be successful in this role you will require:


•    Ability to form warm and encouraging relationships with children to support their development and positive experiences.
•    Physically ability to participate in all aspects of Team Teach.
•    Ability to demonstrate emotional literacy in relationship to self and others.
•    The role involves shift work, which may be an early, late or weekend shift. As such, you will need to be flexible. For more information about the shift work pattern.
•    QCF level 3 in Residential Child Care or equivalent. If you don’t hold this essential qualification, we will offer you a place on our apprenticeship programme and our dedicated management team will support you in achieving your professional development goals. This will need to be completed within two years. 
•    GCSE in Maths and English or equivalent.
•    Awareness of the development needs of children in residential care.
•    Knowledge of how to safeguard and support children in residential care who have experienced trauma, harm or abuse.

Working Conditions:


•    Personal Care and food handling.
•    Verbal abuse and/or aggression. 
•    Personal Protective Equipment
•    Rotating shifts (including sleep-ins, evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays).
•    Human Blood or Human Bodily Fluid e.g. First Aid and chemical hazards.

Vetting Requirements:


This post is subject to a criminal records check. Please note, we will take up references prior to interview.

Contact details for an informal discussion:


Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.


In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) applies.


We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.



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