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Residential Care Officer

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full and Part Time
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Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 29/07/2018 23:59
£21,074 to £23,866 pro rata to hours worked
Secure Unit allowance of £2,284 per annum (pro rata) and enhancements for Sunday and Bank Holiday working.
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Job Category:
Social Work/Care
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Employment Location:
Vinney Green Secure Unit, Emersons Green Lane, Emersons Green, Bristol, BS16 7AA
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Closing date:
29 Jul

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Residential Care Officer

Summary of Post

Vinney Green Secure Unit offers young people a safe, caring environment, where they will experience quality care, education, vocational and life skills training. Your part in the programme will be to help young people develop the values, skills, knowledge, self control and direction that will enable them to return to the community on a more positive and purposeful way.

You will provide on-going care, supervision and control of young people resident within the Unit within the framework of the regulations, which govern secure accommodation. You will oversee all aspects of security and ensure procedures, routines and recording functions are carried out and to work effectively as part of a team and follow operational instructions which ensure the smooth running of the facility.

We have a selection of full time, part time (average 15 hours per week) and zero hour posts to fill. Please indicate your preference under the Skills, Abilities and Knowledge box of the application form.

Interviews will be held on Monday 6 August 2018.

Please note as per Children’s Homes National Minimum Standards a worker aged 23 or older is required for this post

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Main Duties

To ensure that this security of the Unit is maintained at all times: preventing absconding or any attempt to escape; ensuring young people are appropriately and securely locked within their own designated areas at the correct times; and undertaking room searches as required.

Contribute to the protection of young people from abuse including bullying and intimidation by others.

To undertake the care, supervision and control of young persons resident in the Unit, assisting in the identification and assessment of their problems, needs and potential.

To contribute to the formulation, implementation and evaluation of individual residents programmes and maintain appropriate records.

To establish good, professional relationships with young people who display high risk and often challenging behaviour and to model pro-social behaviour.

To organise, plan and oversee individual and group activities, designed to enrich the young people’s experience at VGSU.

Support young people experiencing change in their provision of care, via induction into the unit and preparation for leaving.

Set and maintain appropriate limits on young people’s behaviour and create opportunities for them to develop more positive behavioural responses, promoting pro-social conduct.

Enable young people to make use of available services, opportunities and information.

Support children and young people to maintain their personal hygiene and appearance and to maintain acceptable standards in their living environment.

Liaise with a variety of interested agencies and parties including appropriate recording of actions.

To contribute and participate in the education of the young people, including the assisting with in-class studies and homework.

To escort young people on mobility programmes and other such external visits as required.

To undertake training and development activity, including achievement of the Level 3 Diploma programme within an agreed timescale.

After appropriate experience and under supervision to undertake key working responsibilities in order to fulfil the practice requirements of the Level 3 Diploma.

To assist in the compliance of Health and Safety regulations, including ensuring the maintenance of fire precautions, fire drills and familiarisation of evacuation procedures.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


We have a selection of full time, part time (average 15 hours per week) and zero hour posts to fill. Please indicate your preference.

You will, if not already qualified, be committed to completing the Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare, demonstrating your ability to work to a satisfactory written standard in order to achieve this mandatory qualification within an agreed timescale.

You will possess excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) in order to record and communicate essential information. This will include the use of basic computer packages such as MS Word and MS Excel.

You will have an understanding of the demands of working with young people who may have complex needs and to be able to deal with these in a non-judgmental manner.

Exemplifying the Council's values and behaviours.


A professional childcare qualification such as DipSW, CSS, CQSW or CRCCYP.

Previous experience of working in a secure setting, or working with young people who present challenging behaviour.

Experience of working in a multi-racial environment, or of working with people from other minority ethnic groups.

Additional Information

For an informal discussion once you have read the Job Summary, please contact the Duty Manager on 0117 970 2286.

Please note as per Children’s Homes National Minimum Standards a worker aged 23 or older is required for this post

It is essential that you are fit to carry out Restrictive Physical Intervention techniques for which full training will be given.

Candidates must be able to work shifts, weekends and bank holidays. All days are considered working days and shift times cover the hours of 7.30am to 10.30pm.

Annual leave must be taken in conjunction with the needs of the secure service.

A Secure Unit is a closed facility and movement is governed by the controlled unlocking of electronic doors.

The environment can become tense and anxiety provoking given that young people are detained.

Young people can present physically threatening behaviour.

Surveillance cameras are in use in most areas of the building.

Once on duty, there will be no opportunity to leave the building.

VGSU is a no smoking environment, and there is no provision to facilitate smoking.

Staff will be expected to adopt an appropriate and safe standard of dress (including jewellery).

Staff’s personal belongings are required to be left in a provided locker on entry into the building.

A Secure Unit Allowance is payable in recognition of the ‘closed’ nature of the facility.

This post is also subject to a medical clearance, which is satisfactory to management.

In the future there may be a requirement to undertake further physical fitness checks.

This post is subject to a Disqualification from Working with Children declaration.

There is a requirement for staff to make a monthly contribution towards the beverages provided by the unit, which is deducted at source.


Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has a confidential checking process for transgender applicants who do not wish to reveal details of their previous identity to the person who has asked them to complete an application form for a DBS check.

The contact details are:

Sensitive Applications Team, Customer services, PO Box 165, Liverpool, L69 3JD
Email sensitive@dbs.gsi.gov.uk

Use of a vehicle

If the nature of the duties require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business. You will also be eligible for a car loan if you meet the criteria within the Council’s Car Loan Scheme.

Salary: £21,074-£23,866 per annum (pro rata), plus Secure Unit allowance of £2,284 per annum (pro rata) and enhancements for Sunday and Bank Holiday working.

Hours: Various (full time, part time (average 15hrs a week) and zero hour.)

Closing Date: 29 July 2018

Vacancy Ref: CYP6566/827/SS

Our Values

Our staff need to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. They must work well with others to reach a common goal and be willing to embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. They must use their initiative to deliver and take responsibility for their performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and must make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services. Our managers are also required to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate their staff to achieve.

Safer Recruitment

South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

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