Residential Support Worker

Turn the negatives of COVID-19 around – Make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children and adults. Acorn Care and Education has the rewarding career you’ve been looking for!

Acorn Care and Education are continuing to employ key workers to support, care for and educate vulnerable children and adults with additional needs such as Autism or Social, Emotional, Mental health challenges.














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Even if you have no experience and come from a hospitality or retail background, If you are caring, resilient and want to make a change, we will train and support you to become a care professional. Please apply and we will be in touch to discuss the role further with you. 

Residential Childcare Worker

Location:          Underley Garden School, Kirkby Lonsdale.

Salary:              £19,448 – £20, 488 dependent on experience

Hours:              Full time, as per rota

Contract:          Permanent


We’re looking for Residential Childcare Workers to join our team at Underley based in Kirkby Lonsdale. No matter your experience, whether this be in catering, hospitality, retail or care, we have the role for you! Someone who is motivated by helping others, patient and resilient would be ideal.


About the School:

Underley Garden School is an Ofsted Outstanding School and outstanding children’s home. Our young people have a range of complex needs associated with autism and learning disabilities, including complex communication, sensory and behavioural needs associated with their disabilities.

We want people who focus on ensuring positive outcomes for our children and adults and take responsibility for helping improve their lives. We share the value of creating a safe and nurturing home and we want people who can be fair and respectful, in order to do the right thing to support everyone in our care.


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.

We provide Education and Care across a number of schools and residential homes nationally. Our specialist SEN provision, coupled with our expertise within residential care means we offer thousands of vulnerable children and young people across the UK a holistic, wraparound care, residential and education service, empowering them with everything they need to flourish. It is by no accident that 94% of our homes are rated as Outstanding or Good.

We welcome staff who share our commitment to help children experience better days and better lives. Through ongoing development and training, we ensure our staff are well prepared for their jobs and given every opportunity to extend their skills.


About the Role:

Do you want 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!

From day one, we will train and support you, ultimately developing you into a care professional. If you are successful, we will pay for your NVQ 3 in Residential Childcare which will need your commitment to complete within two years. We will also support you with further training courses such as Team Teach. 

As a Residential care worker, you will work shifts from either 14:00-22:30 or 09:00- 22:30 (School holidays/ Weekends) and will be required to attend 2 additional monthly training sessions.

During these hours 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 the personal care and emotional support 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.

Other duties include liaising with other staff, working to agreed care plans and keeping the home clean and tidy.

This is a challenging and physically demanding job but highly rewarding. All of our children and young people have complex needs associated with autism, communication and learning disabilities. They can present with complex communication needs and challenging behaviour associated with their disability. You will be extensively trained in how to support our young people positively and how to intervene and de-escalate situations as required.


Essential criteria:

  • You must be willing to partake in physical intervention training and utilize this training if you need to.
  • You must be able to get to the site for shifts with ease. A driving licence is desirable in order to support young people to access activities and home visits. 


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
  • Funded Level 3 qualification.
  • Internal Promotion
  • Staff meals
  • Use of a Windermere campsite
  • Team building
  • Employee of the month
  • Potential overtime
  • Free Gym membership
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters” 
  • Employee Rewards Hub – An app which offers high-street discounts, hints and tips.

There is further earning potential with every additional hour at £10.75ph. Sleep ins are paid at £52.50 per night.

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.