Senior Residential Worker (Nights)

North Ayrshire Council

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To contribute to all aspects of the physical and emotional care of the children/young people so as to promote their welfare whilst working in partnership with their family and other professionals and to take responsibility for the day to day running of the residential unit when required.


Corporate Responsibilities

To undertake individual role in line with the Council’s Strategic Priorities and in compliance with the Council’s corporate policies and procedures. To undertake any other reasonably required duties as instructed by Management or someone acting on their behalf, in addition to the role specific tasks & responsibilities detailed below.


Role Specific Tasks & Responsibilities

Develop and sustain effective working relationships between workers and the local community, colleagues and other agencies so as to promote collaborative working and partnerships. Assist the manager with the development of the team including provision of supervision, PPD support, SVQ assessment, training etc. Contribute to the effective and efficient use of physical and financial resources. Contribute to the effective management of information which promotes communication between people, the organisation and others which assist with making informed decisions. Receive, transmit, store and retrieve information in line with good practice and departmental policy. Contribute to improvements at work, including the planning, co-ordination and implementation of specific projects and the development of policies, procedures and implementation of quality assurance schemes. Establish and sustain relationships with service users and their families. Contribute to the effective physical, social and emotional environment within the unit. Provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment in which children and their families can be offered the support, care and guidance they need. Contribute to the protection of children and young people from abuse; evaluate the risk of abuse, failure to protect and harm to self and other people and ensure that all matters regarding the care and management of young people are reported in line with departmental policy and procedure. Promote children/young people's equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities and develop, maintain and evaluate systems and structures to promote them. Contribute to the promotion of the children/young people's health and social well being; assist them to maintain a positive sense of self and identity which will include promoting and maximising their educational opportunities and achievements. Contribute to the assessment of the children/young peoples needs and circumstances and in the development, provision and review of care programmes, which meets these. Contribute to the implementation and evaluation of specific programmes, which provides a framework for the prevention, and management of children/young people's behaviour. Support children/young people to participate in activities. For night shift roles only - this is a wakened night shift post.







Education and Qualifications

HNC and SVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care or equivalent qualification recognised by SSSC Either possess or be able to complete an SVQ Level 4 in Caring for Children and Young People or equivalent qualification recognised by SSSC Degree in Social Work or equivalent qualification recognised by SSSC Application Form Interview


Experience of working with young people within a residential child care environment Experience of protecting children from abuse and participating in the evaluation of the risk of abuse to self or others Experience of supervising other staff and enhancing their performance Application Form References Interview

Specialist Knowledge

Current knowledge and understanding of:- Legislation, policy and practice in relation to working with children and young families Child development and the needs of children Family dynamics and relationships Rights and responsibilities of individuals and how to develop and maintain structures and systems to support these Knowledge and understanding about the effects that trauma and attachment have on a child's development Knowledge and understanding of health and safety legislation, duties and responsibilities Application Form Interview Pre/Post-Interview Check (if appropriate)

Skills and Abilities

Ability to relate and communicate with all children and young people Ability to effectively engage and sustain relationships with young people and their families Ability to develop productive working relationships between workers, local community and other agencies Written and verbal communication skills Evidence of collaborative working in partnership with other people

Evidence of decision making Ability to motivate and lead staff and colleagues Application Form References Interview


Demonstrate a commitment to participate in activities with children Required to undertake CALM Training Required to join the PVG Scheme for this type of regulated work Registered or in the process of registering with the SSSC Required to work shifts and weekends and be flexible to meet exigencies of the service Demonstrate a commitment to the development of residential care for children and young people Demonstrate a commitment to developing and maintaining systems which promote the individuals rights, responsibilities and diversity Application Form Interview Pre/Post Interview Check (if appropriate)

Staff Values & Behaviours

North Ayrshire Council uses behavioural based approach throughout the recruitment process. Our staff values of Focus, Passion & Inspiration will be explored for this vacancy.

Further information on how to complete behaviour based application form questions is available on the Council’s website.





We put our customers first

We understand the bigger picture


Provide excellent customer services Meet and where possible exceed the expectations of internal and external customers. Understand the performance levels and standards required within our own role and strive to achieve and where possible exceed these. Know how the work we do fits into the overall performance of the Council.


We take pride in the jobs we do

We are ambitious for our community

Take ownership of our own actions and performance. Reflect on the work we do and consider how it could be improved. Have a positive impact on the lives of our customers and their communities. Push the boundaries to help our customers and communities realise their potential.


We all look for better ways to deliver our services

We achieve the best results together

Find new ways to deliver improvements, efficiencies and value for money. Embrace change with enthusiasm and creative ideas. Work together and creatively produce the best outcomes for our customers and communities. Plan all activities with the end goal in mind.

PVG (both)

This post is considered Regulated Work with Children and Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children or protected adults

Preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check, prior to confirmation of employment being made by North Ayrshire Council. Please note, successful candidates will be expected to meet the cost of the relevant PVG check (£59 or £18), which will be deducted in instalments from your wages following commencement of employment. For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit For further details on North Ayrshire Council’s policy please visit


For your information if this post requires references you will be notified of further details if you are successful in gaining an interview. Not providing relevant references when requested may delay the outcome of the interview process

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