Residential Childcare Worker, Norfolk

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Acorn Park SchoolNorfolk

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £17,850-£19,500 per annum
Contract term: Permanent

Job Title: Residential Child Care Worker

Salary: £17,850 - £19,500

Location: Acorn Park School, Norfolk

Hours: 42 on Average, 3 week rota. 1 in 3 weekends. Please see document attached.

Contract: Permanent


If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!

We’re looking for a Residential Childcare worker to join our team at Acorn Park based in Banham, Norfolk. Someone who is motivated by helping others, patient and resilient would be perfect for this role.


About the School

Acorn Park is a Special Educational Needs (SEN) School and Residential home. We help care for and support young people who have complex needs and specialise in the communication and learning challenges associated with Autism.

The Site is situated within Norfolk’s picturesque and tranquil countryside, close to the town of Banham. Due to the location, it would be beneficial for candidates to have a driving licence.

The aim of the site is to provide enough support to unlock each child’s potential so they can live fulfilling and productive lives. We provide the young people with as much freedom as possible in a safe and supervised environment. This is achievable due to the dedication and support from a range of employed professionals who are passionate, reliable and understanding.


About the Group

We are part of Acorn Care and Education and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

Acorn Care and Education provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and to make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through a relentless focus on caring and learning.


About the role

Do you want to start a rewarding Career? To make a positive difference to young people and their lives? Are you patient, empathetic, resilient and supportive? Yes? - We want you!

Don’t worry about having much experience, we will train, support and promote you, to ensure you have an amazing career. All you need is the drive to make a difference.

We want the young people to retain as much responsibility over their lives as possible and develop over time. Therefore, you will be working with the children within their day to day lives; Cook with them, play games and do activities, help them within their day and night routines and assist with any problems or personal care needs the young people may have. A key responsibility is to Safeguard all who are in our care and ensure they are safe and healthy.

This role however, does come with some potential challenges such as long hours, behaviour management and ensuring the personal care of each young person is upheld.


Who are we looking for?

Acorn Park wants responsible, friendly and thoughtful individuals who has a passion for caring for and ultimately, making a difference to young lives. You will ideally understand some of the challenges that you could be faced with as it will be a challenging yet rewarding role.

We need someone who can be a role model, work well within a team, has great communication skills, can manage their workload and be prepared for the varying difficulties the role may present.


Key Responsibilities

  • Provide a safe, caring and healthy environment where children can thrive and develop independence
  • promote and celebrate diversity
  • provide a wide range of exciting and challenging opportunities that meet the individual needs of the children
  • Safeguard all young people and support them with their individual needs
  • Integrate into the supportive team
  • To record a log, details of incidents etc., as required by procedure
  • Please see the Job description for further responsibilities.


Essential criteria

  • You must be available to work the shifts required
  • You must have the desire to complete a funded NVQ 3 at Acorn Park
  • You must understand some of the difficulties that children on the Autistic spectrum may present


Why work for us?

  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Be part of a supportive and dedicated team
  • Continuous professional development and training
  • Internal Promotion
  • Staff meals
  • Potential overtime
  • Funded NVQ 3
  • Social activities
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters” – The ability to speak to a councillor for support regarding your mental health.
  • Employee Rewards Hub – An app which offers high-street discounts, hints and tips.


Other information

Acorn Care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS. We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for everybody in our care. A full application form must be completed with all employment dates accurate and gaps in employment accounted for.



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More about Acorn Park School
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Type: Special Needs
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 6 - 19 years
Address: Mill Road, Banham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 2HU, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 1953 888 656
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Acorn Park Autism School is a unique 30-­acre private estate where children and young adults across the breadth of the autistic spectrum can live, learn and play in a holistic, happy & safe environment.

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