Senior Link Worker

  • Barnardos
  • Full Time
  • Wokingham

Job Description

About Barnardo's

At Barnardo's we believe in children no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Please read about our basis and values following the link below. You will be asked questions relating to them as part of the recruitment process for this role.

Barnardo's is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce for staff and volunteers. We actively encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and male candidates as they are under-represented within Barnardo's.

Our basis and values

Barnardo's Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.

Our safer recruitment processes mean that the safety and welfare of the child is paramount at every stage of the process and therefore we adopt rigorous scrutiny in our pre-employment checking. Applicants must be willing to undergo relevant pre-employment checks, including references being taken up prior to interview and for the successful candidate, an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, in line with the Keeping Children Safe in Education Statutory Guidance.

As part of your application, you will need to provide full details of your employment since leaving secondary education, starting with your current or most recent employment first and then by working backwards, including reasons for leaving. Please also include any periods of voluntary work and/or training, providing reasons for any periods not in employment, education or training.

Read further about our commitment to safeguarding and our pre-employment checks in our applicant information sheet below.

High Close is a successful non maintained special school offering day and residential provision for young people with complex social, emotional and mental health needs. Staff within our care teams support young people to be able to access their education and to enable them to learn and develop social skills and coping strategies whilst providing them opportunities to experience new challenges and adventures.

It's a challenging environment, calling for resilience, patience and tolerance, helping us to ensure children can achieve success in a safe environment. Staff have the opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary team including Education, Therapy and Family Resource Team. Staff are given extensive training to meet the needs of the young people including Therapeutic Crisis Intervention.

This is an excellent opportunity to work within our professional and highly motivated care team providing holistic care to ensure the best outcomes for our young people. We are looking for a Senior Link Worker to work with young people within one of our day units. The successful applicant will be experienced in working with challenging behaviour and have a strong understanding of safeguarding to ensure that the best possible outcomes for young people are achieved. The preferred candidate would have experience of working in a similar environment and some experience of management and supervision.

You will be required to work a variety of shifts. Care staff work additional hours during term time so have 13 weeks paid holiday a year. The starting rate is £23,445.

Barnardo's offers various opportunities and benefits to staff such as an Employee Assistance Programme which offers support to employees and their families and various other incentives such as the Employee benefit schemes where staff can access discounts for high street stores and popular activities.

When completing your application please refer to your skills knowledge and experience in relation to the Person Specification, Job Description and Additional Information document. Please ensure you give as much information as possible in order to evidence your knowledge and capacity to fulfil the role.

For further information please contact Natalie Potter on 0118 9785767.

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