All Regions
Canvey Island, Essex
Advertising Salary
£32,690 - £35,792 (Inc. sleep-ins)

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.

Do you have team-leading skills? Are you looking for a role that has clear pathways into management? Do you want to make a lasting difference to the lives of children and young people?

If the answer to all the above is “yes”, then a Senior Residential Support Worker role with Compass could be perfect for you. We’ll even give you £1,000 as a bonus for passing your probation!

This is a residential home for children and young people with learning disabilities.

You will be working as part of a team in a beautifully set therapeutic home with its own school and outdoor activities.

Candidates must have their NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare. You must also have at least 2 year’s experiences within Residential Childcare and working alongside young people.

Your day-to-day responsibilities as a Senior Residential Support Worker:

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.

  • Using life skills, you will have the opportunity to make a huge difference within a child’s life. You will meet a variety of children and young people, some of whom may require high levels of supervision and support.
  • Within this leadership role, you will not only ensure the welfare and care of each child but also give guidance and support to all residential workers.
  • You will be committed to making a difference, this includes being responsible for staff supervision, leading shifts, ensuring placement plans are followed, policies, procedures, risk assessments, rotas and making sure that education is supported.
  • You will create positive relationships with the children, meeting their needs and always safeguarding them.


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!

What Compass offers you:

  • Competitive Salary - We used structured pay grades, so salary is based on your training and experience so that you are always paid fairly.
  • Bonuses – Receive £1,000 bonus upon successfully passing your 6-month probation period. Receive a £100 bonus for achieving a ‘Good’ Ofsted outcome for the home, and a £200 bonus for achieving ‘Outstanding’. Also receive £200 service award on your two-year anniversary.
  • Recognition & Awards - The chance to win up to £150 in vouchers every month from our REACH Awards.
  • Life Assurance Scheme - 3 x annual salary after successful completion of your probation review.
  • Health and Wellbeing Day – Additional day’s leave to support your mental health.
  • Increased Holiday - 224 hours holiday increasing gradually to 248 hours after 4 years’ service.
  • Career Development - We will put you on our Passport to Manage training and give you the opportunity to get your Level 5. This will give you a clear pathway into a management role.
  • Work/Life Balance – We offer great flexible working patterns.


If you want to develop your career and make a real difference to a child or young person's life, apply to be a Senior Residential Support Worker with Compass today.

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.

Compass is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  As we continue to grow, we know that we must have the most talented employees with diverse backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, and experiences to support our children and young people.

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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