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Residential Care Officer - Zero Hours

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Zero Hours
Working Pattern:
As and when required
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 31/12/2019 23:59
£11.19 - £12.85 per hour
Secure Unit allowance of £2,284 per annum and enhancements for Sunday and Bank Holiday working.
Job Category:
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Vinney Green Secure Unit, Emersons Green Lane, Emersons Green, Bristol, BS16 7AA
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
31 Dec

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

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 programmes will be to help young people develop the values, skills, knowledge, self control and direction that will enable them to make a positive return to the community.

We are looking to add to our bank of Zero Hours Residential Care Officers. You will need to display good judgement, have enthusiasm for working with young people who display very challenging behaviour and be a good team player. 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, following operational instructions which ensure the smooth running of the facility.

The shifts offered can vary in length and cover different times of the day, and could be weekdays, weekends and Bank Holidays. You will need to have good availability to do a reasonable number of shifts.

Main duties:

To undertake the care, support and supervision of young people resident in the unit including; ensuring the 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 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 children and young people to maintain their personal hygiene and appearance and to maintain acceptable standards in their living environment.

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

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

To carry out other such duties as are required and are commensurate with the grade of the post.

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.

The 10 to 18 year old young people held within the Secure Unit are likely to be amongst the most troubled and troublesome in the country, so working in the unit can be tough. They will be vulnerable and often arrive with a history of difficult and challenging behaviour, therefore your personal qualities and life experience will be important to enable you to work with us to offer an environment of reflection, challenge, personal attention and specialised help.

Essential Criteria:

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.

You will be able to work flexibly and have the availability to be able to undertake shifts on evenings, weekends and bank holidays.

Desirable Criteria:
A level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare (or equivalent qualification).

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.

Special Notes & Conditions:

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

Additional Information:

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

Based at: Vinney Green Secure Unit, Emersons Green

Salary: £11.19 - £12.85 per hour plus annual leave entitlement and Secure Unit Allowance (up to a maximum of £2284 per year based on actual hours worked) enhancements payable for Sunday and Bank Holiday hours.

Hours: Zero Hours

Closing date: December 2019

Interview date: TBC

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