Breakwater offers short to medium term residential care for children aged 12-17 on admission. You will be working with children who present a range of social, emotional, and mental health difficulties due to family breakdown and early childhood trauma. Children who are referred to Breakwater are often victims of exploitation, involved in crime, and may have experienced a breakdown in education provision. They may be at risk of becoming homeless and have limited support around them.
Alongside the main part of the home, Breakwater also offers two smaller self-contained flats to support children who are looking to move into semi-independent living. We recognise that the transition to adulthood can be challenging, and that we need to promote emotional and social development alongside practical skills to achieve readiness for the future. The two flats are fully equipped for children to meet all their independence needs, with the additional support of staff being on hand when needed. While living in these flats, the children complete a six-month programme, which prepares them for independent living. The Breakwater team are trained in a range of interventions to promote independence and support children during this transitional period.
About The Job
Salary: £22, – £23, per annum including weekend working allowance (pro-rata for part time, salary £21,-£22, plus weekend working allowance of £1, – £1,).
Working Pattern: Part time and full time (37 hours full time) + rota for evening and weekend work
To succeed at this role, you will help to provide a nurturing, positive and safe environment for our children and young people, ensuring that we meet our statutory obligations to the highest standards possible. With direct responsibility for designated children or young people, you will ensure that each person is given the appropriate care and support to achieve their full potential.
For more information, please visit our dedicated Residential
Shifts and rotas – for day work, you will be required to work on a shift rota between 07:00 – 22:00, which will include every other weekend and sleep in duties when needed. This will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate.
Experience and Skills
If you do not hold a Maths and English GCSE or equivalent, you will need to apply for Maths and English Keyskills before undertaking your Childcare qualification and being considered for this role. You can find out more about gaining a Maths and English Keyskills on the Government website .
Please be advised you are required to bring certificates for your Maths and English (C and above) and any Childcare qualifications you hold.
Rewards and Benefits
Rewards and Benefits
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our page.
The reference number for this role is CAFHE .