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Specialist Family Support Worker - Mid/Long-Term Children's Home OCC614250

Job details


Salary range: £35,745 - £38,223 per annum (+ increased pay for unsociable hours and sleeping in pay)

Work location: Enstone, Nr Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire and East Hagbourne, Nr Didcot, Oxfordshire

(Our locations are in remote areas with limited access via public transport, however car parking is available.  This is an office-based role due to the nature of the work.)

Hours per week: 74 hours across a two week rota, alternate weekends, bank holidays, sleep-ins and unsociable hours. (Shifts patterns include 7am – 3pm, 2pm – 10pm, 9am-5pm and sleep-ins)

Contract type: Permanent 

Vetting requirements:

  • This role is subject to a criminal records check
  • This post is subject to the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009 and successful candidates will be required to complete a Disqualification Form.


Closing date: Wednesday 31st July 2024



Working together to help children, young people and families to thrive



About us


Our promise to “Work together to help children, young people, and families to thrive” underpins everything we do. Our practice approach is all about the importance of building relationships, listening, empowering people, understanding need, building on strengths and “doing with”.


To reach this vision, we are excited to open 4 new children’s homes in 2024 to enable more vulnerable Oxfordshire children to remain in Oxfordshire.  Our children’s homes sit within The Residential and Edge of Care Service which works with the most vulnerable children and families, including those on the edge of care, within the Children We Care For system and those preparing for independence. The strategic aim of this service is to deliver integrated and individualised interventions to promote best outcomes for children and their families. We’ve got an ambitious road ahead, and we need the right talent to help us.



About the role


You will be working alongside a passionate and high performing team at one of our 2 new children’s home. Our children’s homes are imbedded in quiet local communities to provide a safe and nurturing home environment with intensive support packages for up to 4 young people aged 12 – 17. As part of this you will:


  • Warmly welcome and engage with children to provide a supportive and nourishing environment for them to feel safe.
  • Support with the day-to-day operation of the home, undertaking activities that supports the children we work with.
  • Collaborate with professionals who are engaged with the family to provide the best outcome for children and families/carers.
  • Commit to shift work which includes sleeping over, working alternative weekends and bank holidays.



About you


You are…


  • Kind and caring, with an understanding of and respect for individuals’ qualities, abilities, and diverse backgrounds.
  • Advocating for equality and integrity in all you do, and with your strong communication skills you work effectively with challenging young people, children, their families, and other professionals to achieve the best outcome. 
  • Always learning, with a Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce or equivalent.
  • Willing to take responsibility and deliver on the vision of Oxfordshire County Council with enthusiasm and passion.
  • Driven to do things differently to ensure that children and young people are supported to live well with the right support at the right time and in the right place.


Those who demonstrate transferable skills from working with children or young people will be highly regarded.  If you’re not sure if this is you, apply today and we’ll take a close look at your CV.



Rewards and benefits


  • Relocation expenses of up to £8,000
  • A good OFSTED rating
  • Regular training opportunities
  • A flexible, agile organisation
  • A generous local government pension scheme
  • Up to 33 day’s holiday p.a. plus bank holidays
  • Culture of flexible working
  • Technology to support agile working where role permits
  • Option to ‘buy’ additional holiday
  • Employee Assistance Programme including access to health and wellbeing support
  • Membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, with an employer’s contribution of up to 19.9%
  • Enhanced family friendly policies
  • Local and national discounts for shopping and travel
  • Great learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development.



Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria


For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Steve England, Assistant Team Manager 07557 082612 or Emma Admans, Assistant Team Manager 07584 217351



Application Procedure


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Our commitment to:
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

At Oxfordshire County Council we are proud of our diverse workforce. Everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, or on maternity or family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support, education and safe spaces for all.

Our commitment to:
Guaranteed Interview Schemes

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education, we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. We are also committed to helping and supporting those transitioning from HM Armed Forces to civilian life and guarantee an interview for those demonstrating the essential criteria for the role, within three years of leaving the service.

Our commitment to:

Oxfordshire County Council are 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 these commitments.

Our commitment to:
Flexible Working

We are open to discussions about flexible working, which can include flexi-time, part time working, job sharing, nine-day fortnights and annualised hours, depending on the requirements of the role and the service.

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