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Sessional Care Worker (Casual) LBHF48397

Job Details:

Salary Range: £13.77 per hour

Work Location: Central Hammersmith 

Hours per week: Various 

Contract type:  Casual

DBS check: Enhanced 

Politically Restricted post: No 

Closing date: 16 February 2021

Contact details for an informal discussion: Nisha Patel, Home Manager nisha.patel@lbhf.gov.uk or Daisy Beard, Short Breaks Team Leader  daisy.beard@lbhf.gov.uk   

Advert Text:

Do you have a good understanding of children with disabilities and their families? Are you committed to assisting them to have fun whilst providing quality care and support to meet their needs?

The short breaks service, based at the Stephen Wilshire Centre, supports a wide range of children with disabilities to access short breaks. We work closely with families and other professionals to ensure the child and family get the support they need, and this includes after school, weekend and holiday activities. You may also be asked to work in our specialist home for children with disabilities.  

This post will support children in these settings and in the community, playing games, going on trips and generally having fun together. You will need to provide dignified personal care, be good at communicating and be able to assist with managing challenging behaviours.

Role Responsibilities:

Work with children / Young People


  • Contribute to the planning and delivery of a broad programme of play opportunities including sports, games, arts, crafts, activities on site and in the community.
  • Assist in providing opportunities for the children that are fun, creative and offer the children developmental experiences.
  • Supervise and deliver activities both on site and in the community including their family home.
  • To be able to work early morning, day, evening, and weekends as needed
  • To provide personal care
  • To listen to children, identify their needs and respond appropriately
  • To ensure the health and safety of those in your care
  • To monitor and evaluate activities within a quality framework including report writing
  • Keep accurate records as required


Work with Parents/carers, staff, and other Agencies.


  • To work with other professionals (including Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Social Workers) supporting programs designed to enhance the child or young person’s development and wellbeing.
  • To work as part of a team
  • To attend and take part in any relevant meetings


Health & Safety and Welfare


  • To ensure the provision of a safe and healthy environment ensuring that legislation relating to Health, safety and welfare of the children and staff is complied with always
  • To be aware of safeguarding concerns and procedures and know how to respond appropriately
  • To ensure activities comply with the Boroughs activities guidelines
  • To ensure that all risk assessments are read and followed as needed
  • To follow the expectations and plans of all groups and activities
  • To ensure that all training is attended as directed
  • To attend team meetings as required
  • To attend supervision and appraisals as required
  • To comply with centres policies and procedures


Please refer to the Job Description for further information 

People Values:

How we act defines who we are.  At the heart of our organisation is a common approach to defining ‘who we are’.  We are looking for people who can build this into everything they do.


We are fair

We treat everyone with compassion, dignity and fairness. We value the views and opinion of others, and promote benefits and opportunities for all.


We are caring

We care about our borough and doing things well. We focus on standards and continuous improvement; learning from our mistakes and celebrating success.


We are collaborators

We work together for a better society. We work with our residents, businesses, schools, third sector and others for better outcomes for everyone.


We are driven

We will only settle for the very best. We seek to continually improve and put our residents, customers and businesses at the heart of everything we do.

Recruiting for Attitude:

Your skills and ability are important however, we recruit as much for attitude as we do experience.  We are looking for people who have the following attributes:


Complex problem-solving

The ability to work within a complex system and find simple solutions and outcomes that deliver real change. 


Critical thinking

The ability to challenge the norms through evidence-based approaches using both numerical and critical reasoning and thinking.  You can rationalise decision-making and form views quickly and soundly from a range of sources.  



You take approaches that demonstrate how doing things differently and creatively changes the dynamic in situations.  You can apply creative solutions that deliver hard outcomes.  


People management

You can get the best out of people.  You have a coaching-style and drive through a commitment to personal and professional development.  You are clear in your expectations and have exception feedback from your team about their working environment. You recognise and support people as individuals.  


Coordinating with others

You have the knack of working well with others.  You have an appreciation of your own presence and approach and can demonstrate how you have developed and continue to develop how you work with others.  You will also can recognise how others work, think, and feel to get the most out of collaboration.  


Emotional intelligence

You have a high degree of self-awareness and self-regulation in a wide range of situations from one-to-one conversations to team and group dynamics.  You can recognise motiving factors and demonstrate empathy appropriately applying a wide range of adaptive social skills. 


Judgement and decision making

You can take rational and evidence-based decisions and take responsibility for your decisions and actions.  Where there is ambiguity or a lack of evidence you can demonstrate the ability to understand the environment and show flexibility in applying your judgement.  



You can demonstrate an understanding of the range of skills and techniques required to successfully negotiate with a range of other partners.  This includes understanding how to structure and undertake successful negotiation on an organisational-wide level.  


Service orientation

You must be unequivocal in your commitment and drive for outstanding service delivery.  Both in terms of the quality of products and work delivered as well as the achievement of objectives.  You and your team can demonstrate how your overall contribution to the organisation and service delivers to our organisational aims and objectives.  


Cognitive flexibility

The ability to recognise the environment in which you work and adapt and shift to this environment to maximise your own personal achievement and lead others in the same approach.  Applying cognitive flexibility to situation of significant change and transformation. 

Role Specific Qualifications:

NVQ3 in childcare related field – essential for working in the Children home/ desirable for working in the Stephen Wiltshire Centre Short Breaks Service

Hammersmith & Fulham 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.
Corporate Equalities Employment Policy: 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 Qualification (GOQ) applies.
We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.


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