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Residential Practitioner

Salary details: C1 - £21,589 to £23,836 (plus additional payments)

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Ref: 16740

Employer: Leeds City Council

Children & Families

Team Safeguarding & Targeted Services


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Contract Type: Permanent Appointment

Hours per Week: 37

Closing date: 19 January 2020 11:30 PM

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Please be aware that from Monday 20 January we are updating our Jobsite. This vacancy will be recreated on our new site with a closing date of 31 March 2020 but will have a new web address. We would advise applicants to submit their applications by 19 January at the latest. If you can't do it by the deadline you will need to create a new profile on the new site and submit on there. All information on the current system will not be available after the 19th for GDPR reasons.

Salary: C1 - £21,589 to £23,836, plus additional sleep in rate of £36.08, Night enhancement - time and third after 10pm and Weekend enhancement rate.

Ofsted inspectors have just rated Leeds City Council ‘outstanding’ for the impact of leaders on practice with children and families; ‘outstanding’ for the experiences and progress of children who need help and protection; and ‘good’ for the experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers. As a result, the overall judgement for services in Leeds is ‘outstanding’ - making it the only ‘core city’ in the country to be rated so highly.

But the journey is not ending there, Leeds needs Residential Practitioners to work within our children’s residential homes.

Children’s residential work is a challenging but rewarding career through which you can make a real difference for children. You will need to build relationships with children who may be facing difficult times, show a lot of patience, emotional intelligence and be a good listener.  You’ll also need good observational skills, sound judgement to make the right decisions and protect children.  Residential work regularly tests resilience, stamina and resolve - all of which you will need to succeed. But children’s residential work can be life changing for those you support and help. 

We have firmly embedded a culture of learning and improvement into our strategic and operational outlook. We have improved our offer to residential workers from Residential Practitioners to Registered Children’s Home Managers by developing a clear and exciting career pathway within the organisation. As noted by Ofsted “Leeds has placed a considerable emphasis on creating an environment where good quality social work can flourish.’ If you are looking for a new challenge; our professional development strategies offer you a chance to be part of something truly stimulating, the pursuit of excellence.  

Do you have what it takes? You are eligible if you can demonstrate you already have:

  • In the last year, have experience of working with young people who may have emotional/behavioural      difficulties either in a paid or voluntary capacity in a children’s home, social care setting, a school, youth service, or any other service or provision designed to support children and young people.
  • Educated to GCSE level or equivalent. 
  • Basic computer literacy.
  • Level 3 Diploma in Residential Child Care or the equivalent. If not to be completed within 2 years of starting work in the home.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We promote diversity and want a workforce that reflects the population of Leeds.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check against the Children’s barred list will be carried out on preferred candidates.

All new Leeds City Council appointments are made subject to the satisfactory completion of a six month probationary period.