Independent Living Support Worker - Caister 6058

Childrens Services
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United Kingdom
£24,294 - £25,979 GBP yearly

Permanent contract | 37 hours per week | £24,294 to £25,979 per annum (Grade E) you can earn up to £27,000 per annum including weekend/bank holiday enhancements and sleep in payments | Great Yarmouth 


Semi-independent Living Support Worker 

Do you want an exciting new career in Children's social care?  

Have you got experience working with young people?  

Do you want to help transform lives?  

Do you want a rewarding job with a great work/ life balance? 


About us: 

The semi-independent service has self-contained rooms in homes across Norfolk. The homes provide accommodation for Looked After Children or young people Leaving Care that are between the ages 16 -18. We help our young people to develop their independent living skills and wellbeing, enabling them to be ready to progress fully onto independence post 18. 

Key responsibilities: 

  • To engage in the effective support of young people; including offering guidance and advice, building positive relationships and supporting young people to develop effective independent living skills.  
  • To be a positive role model to the young people engaged in the independent living scheme. 
  • To advise, help assist with domestic tasks within the accommodation at a level and frequency agreed with the young person and the Team Manager/Senior. 
  • To form effective relationships with the young people and their families to ensure that their emotional and physical needs are met and those opportunities for their development are maximised. 
  • To ensure that the young person’s views and wishes are sought and reported back to the young person’s social worker and the Team Manager/Senior. 
  • To ensure that good quality written detailed records are maintained regarding the progress of the young people. 

The role requires the support staff to work a shift pattern and it is essential for staff to sleep in as part of the shift. You will be based in a set location in Sprowston but may be required to cover and to travel to other homes throughout the Norfolk area. You will therefore be required to have your own form of transportation.  

You will be required to work weekends, evenings, nights, and some bank holidays. You will be required to work a minimum of two 24 hour shifts a week for full time hours giving you a great work/ life balance! 


See why the team love their job: 

“I work in the Semi-Independent Accommodation section of Norfolk County Council and thoroughly enjoy the role and gained so much experience throughout my employment. I feel supported by senior leadership and through monthly supervision I’m able to reflect on my practice and explore learning curves as well as positive goals. The team I work within is a small family, and I have formed relationships I carry into the present. The best part of the job is forming connections with young people and enabling them on their journey to independence, through open conversation and role modelling behaviour.” 


You will: 

  • Be able to display a passion for working with young people and support each young person in overcoming challenges to help prepare them for adult life. 
  • Have a background in semi-independent accommodation or be experienced in working with young people. 
  • Need to be committed to making a difference in the lives of young people. 
  • Be reliable, flexible, have good personal relationships and communication skills as well as high professional standards. 
  • Be able to make sound judgments under pressure and respond effectively in a crisis as there is an element of lone working with up to 4 young people during evenings and weekends particularly. As well as the ability to calmly and effectively manage challenging behaviours that can be displayed by young people, which is crucial to the role. 
  • Have experience in de-escalation techniques 
  • Be required to complete the Level 3 in residential childcare as well as undertaking Norfolk County Council mandatory training. 

To apply, please download an application form and attach it to your online application instead of your CV.  

Before you apply, we recommend reading the full Job Description and Person Specification to help you demonstrate you meet the criteria. 


These are some benefits you can enjoy by working for Norfolk County Council: 

  • Competitive salary 
  • Generous holiday entitlement with the ability to buy and sell leave 
  • Health and Wellbeing services including fast-track physiotherapy and a free counselling service 
  • Flexible working opportunities including flexi-time, part time, remote and hybrid working – dependent on your job role and business need.   
  • Financial benefits such as: 
  • Norfolk Rewards’ our employee discount programme which helps you save money on almost anything, from everyday groceries and clothes, to holidays, new technology, gym membership, trips to the cinema and days out. 
  • Relocation expenses (where applicable) 
  • An advance of your expenses if you travel for work 
  • Local Government Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution, life assurance, death in service payments and dependants’ pensions. 
  • A payment if you refer someone you know to a hard to fill job.  
  • Tax efficient ways of getting extra pension, new bikes and electric cars. 


You can find information on our Terms and Conditions here. 


Already a Norfolk County Council employee? please apply using your @norfolk.gov.uk or @nccal.ac.uk email. 


Closing date for redeployees to receive priority consideration: 02 July 2024


Closing date: 07 July 2024