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Full time Support Workers required for a children's residential service based in Basildon, Essex. These are full time permanent roles (day/nights)

Experienced full time permanent Support Workers required to work for a children's residential service based in Basildon, Essex.  As a Children's Support Worker you will provide advice, assistance and support to children aged 5 to 17 yrs. To attend to their practical, physical, and emotional needs. To act as an appropriate role model and to work closely with the young people to enable them to address their difficulties and achieve their optimum potential.

To play a role in the establishment, maintenance and development of the environment providing young people with a calm safe and relaxed group living experience conducive to emotional security and personal happiness and growth. This children’s home is based on family style practice, and they want their children to feel nurtured, valued and protected. They want all their staff to enjoy coming to work, they would expect you to be bubbly, enthusiastic, family orientated, fun, without judgement and feel like part of the family

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Take responsibility for responding to any emergency by acting with care and with competence to inform the senior on duty / call where necessary.  
  • Always maintain and keep the home secure and safe in line with legislation and basic common sense
  • To administer medication in line with policy, procedures, regulations and guidelines and to provide personal care if necessary.
  • To be available to attend and contribute to all relevant meetings and case reviews, family contact etc., as and when directed
  • To liaise with other staff and any external agencies 
  • To mentor and support new and existing staff
  • To mentor and support the child
  • Take a lead in providing/checking monthly reports to social workers for Looked After Children
  • To provide a positive role model to be able to offer advice, guidance, and assistance where appropriate to staff and children
  • To support all children in your care empathically, non-judgmentally and unconditionally in a person-centered approach building positive relationships
  • To update risk assessments and any other clerical duties as the deputy manager or manager requires.

This is a full time permanent role working 12 hour shifts (day/night)

Salary £12.50 - £14 per  hour, (£14 if level 3 qualified)

For full job description and further details, apply today or contact Kim Baker, ENS Recruitment, Southend.

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check and suitable references

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What people are saying about ENS

I feel I would like to give a positive review on working for ENS in any care capacity. I joined at the start of December 2015 and have been offered enough work to fit around my own needs and other commitments. The work has been varied and I received good information prior to the visit. The excellent dedicated back office support staff and they clearly understand their clients’ needs which are aligned to the qualities of the Support Workers, this helps builds the relationship.

While there is a need for help at short notice to meet the company needs I have been further impressed to have good notice of most of the work intended. My role has been largely Community Support but I have worked with our Residential team and clearly there is plentiful work again with helpful support.

In my dealings with the company I have found the ENS team to be helpful and approachable and need to reiterate how impressed I have been. Thank you to all involved.


A big thank you to you and all of the booking team that have put up with me over the months and helped me get an amazing full time job, Thank you :)


Maria Meddle (ENS Senior Recruitment & Compliance Officer), I would like to use this opportunity to say a big thank you for taking your good time in dealing with my application. Thank you Maria once again for helping me get out of unemployment, I sincerely appreciate all the effort and support you gave me during this period.