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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: 31 March 2020 11:30 PM

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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.

Please follow the links below to view other vacancies within Children's Residential Care:

Registered Manager - https://jobs.leeds.gov.uk/children-families-children-families-registered-manager/30871.job

For any further questions please contact Maha Ahmed on 0113 5351903 or Maha.Ahmed@leeds.gov.uk

If you are interested in finding out more about the Residential Practitioners role there is an Information and Recruitment Event at Merrion House Jobshop on 16th October 2019 – On the day there will be an information session and chance to ask questions.  You will also have the opportunity to talk to Residential Practitioners already doing the job and some of the young people they support.  In addition you can get help with your application from Jobshop staff.  To book your free place go to : http://bit.ly/JobshopEvent 

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.