ROYAL BOROUGH OF KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA
Working as part of Children’s Services will provide a challenging and rewarding career. We have high ambitions for the children and young people of Kensington and Chelsea. We have formed a bi-borough Children’s Services team with colleagues from Westminster City Council. Our services, which include education, family services and safeguarding, have been rated Outstanding by Ofsted, and our drive to be the best doesn’t stop there. By working with us, you will have the opportunity to make a difference to young people in one of the world’s most diverse cities.
Making a difference for young people in residential care
Kensington and Chelsea is a diverse, ambitious and innovative London Borough. We are committed to maintaining in-house residential care on a short, medium and long term basis for young people with EBD living in the Borough.
You will be part of building a strong multidisciplinary team within our children’s home, Olive House, to provide a high quality, holistic residential children’s service for vulnerable looked after young people aged 13-18. Located in Ladbroke Grove, Olive House is a newly built, high spec unit which has been operating since May 2014 and has been consistently rated as “Good” by Ofsted. In one of our most recent inspection highlighted the excellent relationship between staff and young people and the tailor made support we provide. One resident fed back that she feels loved and cared for by staff in Olive House.
Olive House provides a consistent and thoughtful approach to meeting the range of care needs of children and young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties, to help them make sense of their lives to date and move successfully into adult life. In order to achieve this, you will be well supported through training opportunities within the team and Kensington and Chelsea’s corporate extensive training opportunities, including our mandatory training in systemic practice.
Naturally you must enjoy working with adolescents and have significant experience of working in this field. We expect you to have the required NVQ level 4/5, or equivalent, and a minimum of 2 years’ experience in residential child care. Knowledge of good childcare practice will be essential as well as patience, resilience and the ability to cope under pressure. Although the role is mainly a 9-5 you may at times be expected to cover shifts, including weekends and sleep in duties based on staffing levels.
We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity and are looking for candidates which reflect the diversity of the young people we work with.
This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and an enhanced DBS will be undertaken on the successful person before an appointment is confirmed.
As well as being supported by good training and development opportunities we offer excellent staff benefits including travel allowances and a final salary pension scheme.
Please tell us in your application how you fit into Olive House.
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