All Regions
Canvey Island, Essex
Advertising Salary
Up to £12.92 per hour
Residential

About The Role

Want to work in a children’s home that makes a positive, lasting difference to children’s lives? Compass Children’s Homes are largely rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted and are looking for people like you to join our brilliant team.

Are you an experienced Residential Worker or Youth Worker? Or maybe you have no experience but are looking to build a career in residential care. Whatever your path, we need determined, resilient people to be long lasting, significant adults in a child’s life.

Compass Homes are built around accepting a child as they are in a non-judgemental way. You will teach them to build self-esteem and accept themselves, helping their journey into adulthood.

 

Your day-to-day responsibilities as a Sessional Support Worker will include:

Your job role as a sessional support worker will involve you working closely with children in care with you putting them at the centre of everything you do. Your day-to-day role will require you to support them in all aspects of their lives such as educational pursuits, hobbies, and activities.

  • Using your experience and skills (further developed with our support and training), you will assist with the care of our children and young people.
  • You will create positive relationships with the children, meeting their needs and always safeguarding them.
  • You will create timetables, setting boundaries and expectations for the young people. Consistency and organisation skills are key.
  • You will meet a variety of children and young people, some of whom may require high levels of supervision and support. They may also require your guidance within education, training, and employment.

 

What makes us different?

You will be part of the compass community of over 30 homes, you will be supported in your day-to-day job role by a friendly and supportive management team. We will supply you with extensive and relevant training to support you and ensure your career development.

  • We make a house a home - We invest heavily in ensuring homes are beautifully decorated and looked after, so children can express their characters, feel safe, and enrich their lives.
  • Generous budgets devoted to children – Each of our homes are given substantial investment to allow for all children to really experience a childhood. This includes holidays abroad, recreational activities, and special events.
  • Direct therapeutic work with children – We aim to provide all children with therapy, driven by industry leading psychologists and practise. This will include therapeutic training for all staff.
  • Bespoke systems – You’ll spend more time working directly with children rather than duplicating reports and paperwork with our bespoke, time saving incident reporting system.
  • Detailed and supportive training – We give you a ‘Skills to Care’ induction. All new starters complete 2 separate weeks of classroom-based training as well as a week of shadow shifts to best prepare you for your new role.

We are a passionate, inclusive, and anti-racist organisation. We embrace diversity and encourage applicants from all backgrounds and cultures. We have excellent internal frameworks including REACH and GRACE which all contribute towards your day-to-day job role. Above all we thrive on our ethos “Potential Not Perfection” meaning we will consider ALL applications, so if you have limited or no experience please get in touch, we would love to hear from you!

Why work for Compass Children’s Homes?

  • Compass knows how to make a house, a home. We understand that a home can embody how we live and see ourselves. Our teams create a home environment that exceeds the children's needs, allowing them to express their characters, feel safe and enrich their lives. We pride ourselves on giving children who experience behavioural and emotional difficulties the highest quality care and substitute parenting.
  • As well as the children, Compass strives to look after you. We will supply excellent support and professional supervision as well as regular training opportunities and the chance to undertake further qualifications. We are committed to staff retention, development and equality.

Please note that you must be 22 years old or above to apply as per children’s homes regulations. You must also have a valid driving licence.

The recruitment process aims to create and maintain a safe workforce and contains robust vetting procedures. The successful applicants will be appointed subject to references and enhanced DBS check. To be successful in your application you will be subject to a rigorous safer recruitment process and must adhere to a strict code of conduct regarding your behaviour at all times.

The Compass Community values equality and diversity across our workforce and aims to ensure our staff community is reflective of the diversity of the children and young people within our care. In support of this commitment, we welcome applications from individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds.

About Us

About Us

Compass Community is a national children's services provider, delivering fostering, residential, educational, and therapeutic services for the young people in our care.

We are a progressive, child-centred service, putting the wellbeing of our children and young people at the front and centre of everything we do.

We are proud to offer good and outstanding services in all of our regions across England and Wales, championing our staff teams who help us towards these outcomes.

Compass are a values-based children’s service, meaning that everything we do is underpinned by our REACH approach. It stands for Resilience, Education, Acceptance, Child-centred and Holistic; it’s a framework based on resilience theory, attachment theory and aspects of social pedagogy. We believe that this helps us to provide bespoke, consistent therapeutic care for each child, whilst supporting our staff and foster carers to ensure every young person has the best possible future.

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