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How to apply

We welcome applications from anyone who feels they can meet the role requirements.

Please apply for any of the vacancies below by sending your CV and a covering letter or email stating the role and vacancy reference in your email title.

Please forward your application to: recruitment@thebelayfoundation.org.uk

We are committed to safer recruitment practices and all successful applicants will have their CV history checked, offer two referees and undergo an enhanced DBS check.The recruitment process involves 4 stages:

  • Shortlisting
  • 1st Stage Video Interview
  • 2nd Stage Video or In-person Interview
  • Pre-employment Checks

Training & Skills

Alongside training and clinical supervision, all Specialist Social Workers also gain valuable skills and experience.

The Belay Foundation provides training to all new Specialist Support Workers (SSWs) in attachment and trauma, safeguarding, professional boundaries, and regulating techniques, as well as any bespoke training or preparation that will help you take up any individual role. SSWs also receive ongoing support, peer supervision and clinical supervision.

All Specialist Support Worker roles not only provide the opportunity to make a huge difference to a family, but also to develop experience and practice in working in complex environments impacted by early life trauma, neurodiversity, attachment challenges and other environments where relational safety are crucial.

Current Opportunities

Children’s Support Worker, Nr Woking, V072202
Location: Near Woking, GU24,
Vacancy Reference: V072202
Closing Date: 7 September 2022

A fantastic opportunity is available to support the care of a 4-year-old boy. This role is for 3 afternoons per week between 3pm and 5:30pm ideally on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but days can be flexible. We would also welcome applications from candidates who can only do 1 or 2 of these days.

Jake* is 4 and is great fun. He loves playing with new people and getting his puzzles out at home. Jake is really happy being with his dog (the family’s dachshund) and loves trains and fire engines. Always busy, Jake is very active and loves swimming.

Jake was adopted from care and finds some aspects of life really difficult. He has some developmental delay due to his earliest experiences. His parents would like someone to pick Jake up from school and look after him until tea-time. This role would be a great fit for someone with experience of early years childcare, looking to broaden their skills by working with additional needs.

You’ll be confident with children and be ready to learn about attachment and trauma. You’ll be able to fit in with the family and work with Jake’s parents to use strategies that work. The family live in a village where public transport is limited, so you’ll need your own transport.

This is a great opportunity to develop your practice supporting children with trauma.

Role Details

  • Benefits: £12 per hour; training; CPD opportunities; peer and clinical supervision
  • The chance to connect to a community of Specialist Support Workers and make professional connections
  • Hours: 3 afternoons per week 3pm – 5:30pm (ideally Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but some flexibility)
  • Start date: asap, subject to enhanced DBS check and references

*Name changed to protect identity.

 

Children's Support Worker, Nr Louth, Lincolnshire, V082201
Location: Near Louth, Lincolnshire
Vacancy Reference: V082201
Closing Date: 7 September 2022

This is a great role, supporting the care of two siblings, aged 10 and 11.

Thomas* is 11. He’s smart and interested in life. He loves football and lots of different sports. Thomas’ sister, Naomi* is 10 and also enjoys sport and being active. They live in a village and like being outside, sometimes walking their dog. 

Thomas and Naomi live with the impact of their traumatic earliest experiences which makes their sibling relationship volatile and challenging. Thomas can find it hard to stay calm with his Mum. These challenges mean that Thomas and Naomi benefit from supportive care that is consistent, therapeutic and includes firm boundaries. They both get on well with adults.

Thomas and Naomi’s family are looking for someone to spend some time with both children and sometimes Thomas on his own at home and out and about. A Support Worker will build an attuned relationship with both children, acting as a responsible adult and mentor, and supporting the children’s Mum to rest and have some time out. 

Ideally you will be available for 3 sessions per week, after school and/or on the weekend for 3-4 hours per session. There is the potential for additional hours in some school holidays. The family live in a village so you will need your own transport to get to work.

This role will be extremely rewarding and offer a valuable insight into working directly with children with complex needs – which can be displayed with challenging behaviour – using an attachment model of care. You will have experience of working with young people or children, be open and engaging, emotionally mature, and ready to learn to support the family’s existing strategies and approaches.

Role Details

  • Benefits: from £12 per hour; training; CPD opportunities; peer and clinical supervision
  • The chance to be part of a community of Specialist Support Workers and make professional connections
  • Hours: around 9-12 hours per week depending on availability and potentially growing over time
    • 3 sessions per week after school and/or on a weekend, days flexible
    • Additional hours for occasional extra evenings plus in school holidays
    • Flexibility to fit around other commitments such as studying
  • Commitment of at least 9 months, preferably longer.
  • Start date: as soon as can be arranged, subject to enhanced DBS and references
  • Candidate requirements: experience of youth work or childcare, interest in supporting recovery from trauma

*Names changed to protect identity

Children's Support Worker, Warminster, V062204
Location: Warminster, BA12
Vacancy Reference: V062204
Closing Date: 15 August 2022

This great role is to support an 9-year-old girl for around 4 hours per week one evening after school; it offers great career development.

Jo* is very bright, funny, clever and kind. She loves arts and crafts as well as the inevitable screentime at home, while also enjoying trips out to the local playground. When out and about she is drawn to chatting to any dog that passes; similarly at home Jo likes nothing more than playing with her guinea pigs.

Jo is very high energy and needs a high level of attention. She is extremely engaging but also lives with the impact of her earliest experiences, which mean that she finds some aspects of life difficult. She becomes very attached to significant adults and flourishes with clear, enforced boundaries.

The role is to support the family one evening a week after school (with potentially extra hours in school holidays and at weekends), building a trusted relationship with Jo, playing with her at home, making tea, supporting homework, taking her to the local park and other similar daily activities.

You will have experience of working with children, with an interest and preferably experience in the developmental impacts of attachment and trauma and in supporting neurodiverse children. You will be happy to work together with Jo’s family to use strategies that work, and to be able to combine playfulness and energetic interaction with the maintenance of firm boundaries and personal resilience. You will need to be either able to drive and confident transporting a young person, or confident taking public transport with a child.

This is a great opportunity to develop your practice supporting children with trauma and to learn about the impact of complex additional needs on a child’s development and family life.

Role Details

  • Benefits: £12 per hour; training; CPD opportunities; peer and clinical supervision
  • The opportunity to link into a community of Specialist Support Workers and make professional connections
  • Around 4 hours after school once a week, plus potentially additional hours on some weekends and in school holidays
  • Candidate requirements: experience of childcare; interest in supporting recovery from trauma; ability to enforce boundaries and manage challenging behaviour; willingness to commit to at least 9 months, preferably longer
  • Start date: asap, subject to enhanced DBS check and references

** Name changed to protect identity.

Youth Support Worker, Derby, V042208
Location: Draycott, Derby
Vacancy Reference: V042208
Closing Date: 18 July 2022

This role, which will provide great development and career experience, is to support a 13-year-old boy. This role would be for 6 hours per week either after school or at weekends, and could be arranged flexibly around other commitments.

Ben* is in year 8 at school. He has a great sense of humour and loves fun. Ben is an avid football fan – both playing and watching – and loves being active and outdoors, cycling, going to the park or walking the family dogs. At home, Ben enjoys board games and card games as well as cooking and baking.

Ben was adopted from care and has complex needs such as developmental delay, attachment issues and autistic traits that likely stem from his earliest difficult experiences. Some of Ben’s behaviours are similar to those of a much younger child. Ben’s parents would like someone to come into their home on a weekly basis and slowly build a trusted relationship with him. You will be able to spend time with Ben at home and take him out to offer some moments of respite to his parents.

You’ll have some experience of working with young people and children in an attachment model of care, and be ready to learn about the impacts of early trauma. Mature and grounded, you’ll be able to partner with Ben’s parents to use strategies that work. The family home is easily accessibly by bus but it would be ideal if you had access to a car. As this is an attachment-focussed role, we are looking for candidates who can commit to working at least 9 months.

This is a great opportunity to develop your practice supporting children with trauma and to learn about the impact of complex additional needs on a child’s development and family life.

Role Details

  • Benefits: £11 per hour; training; CPD opportunities; peer and clinical supervision
  • The chance to connect to a community of Specialist Support Workers and make professional connections
  • Hours: 6 per week: day and times flexible, after school, weekends and school holidays
  • Start date: asap, subject to enhanced DBS check and references

*Name changed to protect identity 

Children's Support Worker, Bristol, V062203
Location: Bristol, BS5
Vacancy Reference: V062203
Closing Date: 15 August 2022

This role is a great opportunity to support a 7-year-old boy and his family for around 6 hours over two days; it is a role that offers great career development.

Louis* is a very sociable child who loves playing and interacting with people. He enjoys swimming, climbing, tag, cycling and scooting, making dens, going to the park, and simply exploring outdoors. He loves being read to, playing games like Uno, and will seize upon TV and gaming time with glee. 

Louis goes at life full ahead and is loving and fun to be with; but he also lives with the impact of his earliest experiences, which mean that he finds a range of life skills difficult, such as academic learning, playing with friends in a mutual and equal way, and managing his emotions.

The role is to support the family a couple of evenings a week after school (days can be agreed around availability) with additional hours available on evenings and occasional weekends. The key to success in this role will be the ability to build a trusted relationship with Louis, playing with him at home and taking him out and about, being confident in managing boundaries and potentially aggressive behaviour towards you and his peers, and to be actively enthusiastic about getting involved in physical activities alongside him.

This role will be extremely rewarding. You will gain a deep understanding of the complexity of working directly with children with developmental trauma using an attachment model of care.

You will have experience of working with children, be open and engaging with emotional maturity, and will be able to work together with Louis’ family to use strategies that work and remain calm and connected. A driving licence is not essential however you will need to be able to either drive confidently with a young person or travel safely with them on public transport.

Role Details

  • Benefits: £12 per hour; training; CPD opportunities; peer and clinical supervision
  • The opportunity to connect to a community of Specialist Support Workers and make professional connections
  • 6 hours per week over two days after school
  • Start date: asap, subject to enhanced DBS check and references

*Name changed to protect identity.

Specialist Youth Support Worker, Derby, V062201
Location: Derby DE23
Vacancy Reference: V062201
Closing Date: 25 July 2022

This is a fantastic opportunity to support the care of a bright and sociable boy, aged 15.  

Sam* is smart and interested in life. He enjoys trips out and holidays – and is equally happy playing board games and e-gaming or listening to music. As with many typical teenagers, he also enjoys hanging out and just being! Sam and his family live with the impact of both his traumatic earliest experiences and his ADHD and learning difficulties. These challenges mean that Sam can seem younger than his age and benefits from supportive care that is consistent, therapeutic and includes firm boundaries.  

Sam’s family are looking for someone to spend some time with Sam both at home and out and about, building a relationship with Sam along the lines of both a friend and a mentor, while also being able to be a responsible adult helping him to have new experiences and enabling him to venture out into the wider area outside the city. Ideally you will be available one evening a week (and occasionally maybe two evenings on occasion) for two to three hours, plus on Sunday mornings for about three hours (ideally every Sunday morning during term time, but this is negotiable, and fortnightly would be acceptable). There is the potential for additional hours in some school holidays. 

This role will be extremely rewarding and offer a valuable insight into working directly with children with complex needs – which can be displayed with challenging behaviour – using an attachment model of care. You will have experience of working with young people or children with trauma or learning disabilities, be open and engaging, emotionally mature, and ready to learn to support the family’s existing strategies and approaches.  

Role Details 

  • Benefits: from £12 per hour; training; CPD opportunities; peer and clinical supervision 
  • The chance to be part of a community of Specialist Support Workers and make professional connections 
  • Hours: around 6 hours per week depending on availability and potentially growing over time 
  • 1 regular evening per week plus regular (at least alternate) Sunday mornings approximately 9.15 am – 12.45 pm; additional hours for occasional extra evenings plus in school holidays; flexibility to fit around other commitments such as studying 
  • Commitment of at least 9 months, preferably longer
  • Start date: as soon as can be arranged, subject to enhanced DBS and references 
  • Candidate requirements: experience of youth work or childcare, interest in supporting recovery from trauma 

*Name changed to protect identity 

Children's Specialist Support Worker, Preston, V042206
Location: Preston
Vacancy Reference: V042206
Closing Date: 15 August 2022

A great opportunity is available to support two siblings, aged 7 and 8, who were adopted from care. This role is part-time after school and on a weekend, with additional hours available in school holidays.

Evan* is 8 and loves being outdoors, digging, building and climbing. Evan is really good at individual sports like climbing and swimming and is a very fast runner. At home Evan enjoys creative activities like drawing, cross stitch and knitting, as well as playing with the family cat. Alice* is 7 and very sociable, really enjoying the company of other children. Alice likes to try new things as well as reading and writing stories at home.

Both Evan and Alice were adopted from care and have attachment needs. Evan has complex needs due to his earliest experiences and has recently moved to a specialist school. Evan and Alice’s parents are looking for someone to visit the house after school 2 days a week and for some time on the weekend, with additional hours available during the school holidays. Initially you’ll play at home, or take the children to the park, building up the relationship slowly to eventually allow Evan and Alice’s parents some respite in the evenings and taking Evan to holiday clubs.

You’ll have an interest in the psychological impacts of early trauma and attachment disruption, the patience to take time to develop relationships, and demonstrate being able to work in a professional and attachment-focused way. You’ll have a warm and empathetic approach while being able to gently provide boundaries. The family home is accessible by public transport but ideally you will have access to a car.

This is a rewarding opportunity to make a huge difference to a family and develop your own practice of working with complex trauma.

Role Details

  • Benefits: £11 per hour; training; CPD opportunities; peer and clinical supervision
  • The chance to connect to a community of Specialist Support Workers and make professional
    connections
  • Hours: ten hours per week
    – 2:45pm – 5:45pm Monday
    – 2:45pm – 4:45pm Friday
    – five additional hours over the weekend (flexible)
  • Additional hours will be available during school holidays as the relationship grows
  • Start date: as soon as can be arranged, subject to enhanced DBS and reference checks

*Name changed to protect identity.

Children's Specialist Support Worker, Esher, V042207 (two roles)
Location: Esher, Surrey
Vacancy Reference: V042207
Closing Date: 15 August 2022

This family is offering one or two superb career development opportunities supporting two siblings, aged 8 and 11, who were adopted from care.

The requirement is for part-time support after school for 5 days a week, with additional hours on the weekend. It could be completed by 1 or more Support Workers so we welcome applications from candidates who can only work some of the days.

Jessica*, 11, is lively, bright and great company. She loves horse riding and water sports, and when at home enjoys drawing and listening to music. Josh* also loves outdoor sports such as football, rugby and cricket. At home Josh is quieter and particularly likes playing with dinosaurs and Lego. Jessica and Josh can play together with adult support but have a complex sibling relationship and so both do best with 1:1 adult engagement. Jessica in particular can struggle with emotional regulation which is a legacy of her earliest experiences. Jessica and Josh’s mum needs help at home after school to ensure that the children can be individually co-regulated by a safe adult and the time can go as smoothly as possible. You’ll work side by side with the children’s mum and gently build a trusting relationship with Jessica and Josh, often working 1:1 with each child through the teatime, bath time and bedtime routines.

You’ll have experience of working with children with additional social, emotional and mental health needs, and an interest in the psychological impacts of early trauma and attachment disruption. You’ll be able to demonstrate patience, empathy and calmness with the ability to offer boundaries, working in a professional and attachment-focused way. The family home is accessible by public transport but ideally you will have access to a car.

This is a rewarding opportunity to make a huge difference to a family and develop your own practice of working with complex trauma.

Role Details

  • Benefits: £12-£14 per hour; training; CPD opportunities; peer and clinical supervision
  • The chance to connect to a community of Specialist Support Workers and make professional
    connections
  • Hours: up to 25 hours per week, 3pm – 7pm Monday to Friday (please still apply if you can only do some weekdays) plus additional time on the weekend for respite (flexible)
  • Start date: as soon as can be arranged, subject to enhanced DBS and reference checks.

*Names changed to protect identity.

Children's Specialist Support Worker, Bristol, V052202
Location: Knowle, Bristol
Vacancy Reference: V052202
Closing Date: 15 August 2022

This great role is to support two girls, aged 7 and 5 for three to five hours once a week, probably a Friday (at least at first); it is a position that offers great career development.

Ellie* (7) has a great sense of humour and can be really caring and considerate of others; she loves playing outside, running and riding her scooter, and is happy when fully occupied, although struggles to stay with one task for very long. Ruby* (5) also loves her scooter as well as her bike, and enjoys crafts, hobbies, baking and water play. Both girls enjoy going to the allotment, the park or the swimming pool – or are equally happy at home being creative with a stack of paper and a box of pens. They are currently learning to play chess!

Ellie and Ruby live with the impact of trauma from their earliest years: the sibling dynamic can be a challenge, and both children present as emotionally younger than their chronological ages. Ellie can be quite closed down and find it hard to discuss her feelings, while Ruby has a high level of anxiety and sometimes responds physically to being upset.

This position is to support the family by spending time with the girls, gradually building a trusting relationship, leading up to potentially having sole care once a week to provide time for the parents to go out or handle other family priorities. There are a number of resources to support therapeutic play at home, as well as the nearby allotment: the key aims of the role are to provide patient, calm and reassuring care and to develop long term, trusting relationships.

You will have experience of working with children, with an interest and preferably experience in the developmental impacts of attachment and trauma. It is essential that you will be able and happy to work with Ellie and Ruby’s parents through using models of care that work well for them as a family. It is not essential to have a car or a driving licence – the family live near major bus routes – but it would potentially be helpful as it could assist in broadening the range of activities you could undertake.

This is a great opportunity to develop your practice supporting children with trauma and to learn about the impact of complex additional needs on children’s development and family life.

 

**This role is open to female candidates only due to the needs of the children.

Role Details

  • Benefits: £11 per hour; training; CPD opportunities; peer and clinical supervision
  • The chance to connect to a community of Specialist Support Workers and make professional connections
  • Hours: 3-5 hours per week, at least initially probably on Friday afternoons/evenings; potentially additional hours in school holidays or as agreed
  • Start date: as soon as possible, subject to enhanced DBS check and references

*Names changed to protect identity.

**Due to the vulnerable nature of the individuals being supported, this role is exempt from the 2010 Equality Act on gender grounds.

Children's Support Worker, Bath, V042201
Location: Bath
Vacancy Reference: V042201
Closing Date: 15 August 2022

This great opportunity, initially for Wednesdays after school with additional hours in the school holidays (usually a half day per week), is to support the care of a 7-year-old girl.

Violet* loves animals, particularly dogs, as well as seeking out insects in the park. She has a great sense of humour and enjoys meeting new people, chatting away once she feels comfortable. Sensory activities such as being active and playing with playdough really help Violet and she also enjoys creative activities at home. Violet was adopted from care and finds some aspects of life really difficult. Her mum would like someone to come into their home on a regular basis and build a trusted relationship with Violet to allow her some time to work and rest.

You’ll have experience of looking after children with additional needs and be ready to learn about attachment and trauma. We are looking for someone able to offer Violet boundaries to increase her sense of safety. You’ll be able to fit in with the family and work with Violet’s Mum to use strategies that work. 

This is a role using an attachment model of care so we are looking for a minimum 12 month commitment.

Role Details

  • Benefits: £11 per hour; training; CPD opportunities; peer and clinical supervision
  • The chance to connect to a community of Specialist Support Workers and make professional connections
  • Hours: Wednesday after school (3 – 5:30pm) during term time and a half day during school holidays.
  • Start date: asap, subject to enhanced DBS and reference checks.

*Name changed to protect identity

Children's Support Worker, Didcot, V042205
Location: Didcot OX11
Vacancy Reference: V042205
Closing Date: 15 August 2022

This great role, which for the right person would be fantastic career development opportunity, involves supporting a 6-year-old boy for 15-20 hours a week.

Dario** is a very sociable boy, always smiling and full of energy. He loves going to the park, cycling, and being outdoors in general – and at home enjoys and finds it calming to read, play Lego and do arts and crafts. Dario is in school but only for part of each day: Dario and his family live with the impact of trauma from her earliest years, affecting his capacity to sit still, follow orders, focus and participate in group activities, and to manage his emotions. The role is support the family by spending time with Dario between around 2 and 6pm every day, building a trusting relationship, playing with him at home and at the park, and supporting him with homework.  

You will have experience of working with children, with an interest and preferably experience in the developmental impacts of attachment and trauma and potentially in supporting children with other neurodiversities. You will be able to fit in with and work together with Dario’s family to use strategies that work. It is not essential to have a car or a driving licence, but it would potentially be helpful as that could assist you in supporting Dario to participate in a wider range of activities.  

You will be able to develop your practice supporting children with trauma and to learn about the impact of complex additional needs on a child’s development and family life.  

Role Details 

  • Benefits: £11 per hour; training; CPD opportunities; peer and clinical supervision 
  • The chance to connect to a community of Specialist Support Workers and make professional connections 
  • Hours: 15-20 hours per week, every day 2pm-6pm (with potential flexibility to be discussed) 
  • Start date: asap, subject to enhanced DBS check and references

** Name changed to protect identity. 

Children's Support Worker, Bedford, V012204
Location: Bedford
Vacancy Reference: V012204
Closing Date: 15 August 2022

This is a great role to support the care of 2 brothers aged 10 and 11 each Saturday from 9:30am – 4:30pm, with possible additional hours during school holidays. and would be a really interesting career development opportunity for anyone interested in working with children with complex needs.

Simon* is 11 and loves swimming. At home Simon really enjoys playing with board games and Lego, as well as drawing. Captain America is Simon’s favourite character and drawing Captain America is a favourite activity. Rory* is 10 and very musical, playing the keyboard, drums and the mouth organ. Rory also loves imaginative play with his teddies and Lego minifigures. The boys get on well together and have a very good relationship.  Simon and Rory were adopted from care and find some aspects of life really difficult. The boys have huge strengths, but also difficulties that stem from their earliest experiences such as sensory difficulties and struggles with making relationships.  The boys’ parents would like someone to come into their home regularly on a Saturday during the day to look after Simon and Rory so that their parents can work.

You’ll have at least a year’s experience of looking after children and be ready to learn about attachment and trauma. You’ll be able to fit in with the family and partner with the boys’ parents to use strategies that work. Able to support the boys being physically active, you’ll be proactive and able to be emotionally attuned.

This is a great opportunity to develop your practice supporting children with trauma and to learn about the impact of complex additional needs on a child’s development and family life.

Role Details

  • Benefits: £11 per hour; training; CPD opportunities; peer and clinical supervision
  • The chance to connect to a community of Specialist Support Workers and make professional connections
  • Hours:  9:30am – 4:30pm every Saturday (additional hours available for babysitting and over the school holidays)
  • Start date: asap, subject to enhanced DBS and references.

*Names changed to protect identity.

Children's Support Worker, Weston Super Mare, V012205
Location: Weston Super Mare
Vacancy Reference: V012205
Closing Date: 15 August 2022

A fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in working with children with complex needs is available to support the care of 2 brothers aged 9 and 10 for 5-10 hours per week, after school on a Tuesday or Wednesday and during the day on a weekend. 

James* is 10 and loves rollercoasters. At home James loves lots of activities: playing with Lego, reading Beano comics and playing on Minecraft. James loves facts and sharing his knowledge and James in on the pathway for an autism assessment. Tom* is 9 and very sociable and his friends are important to him. Tom loves riding his bike fast and at home also loves Minecraft, board games and chess. James and Tom were adopted from care and find some aspects of life really difficult. The boys have huge strengths, but also difficulties that stem from their earliest experiences such as sensory difficulties and struggles with relationships.  The boys’ parents would like someone to come into their home regularly once after school and once on a weekend to look after James and Tom so that their parents can have some time together and rest.   

You’ll have at least a year’s experience of looking after children and be ready to learn about attachment and trauma. You’ll be able to fit in with the family and partner with the boys’ parents to use strategies that work. Able to support the boys being physically active, you’ll be proactive and able to be emotionally attuned. 

This is a great opportunity to develop your practice supporting children with trauma and to learn about the impact of complex additional needs on a child’s development and family life.  

Role Details 

  • Benefits: £11 per hour; training; CPD opportunities; peer and clinical supervision 
  • The chance to connect to a community of Specialist Support Workers and make professional connections 
  • Hours:  one after school session on a Tuesday or Wednesday; some time over the weekend to fit in with other commitments, and potentially additional for babysitting and over the school holidays 
  • Start date: asap, subject to enhanced DBS and references

*Names changed to protect identity.  

 

Female** Therapeutic Babysitter, Bath, V042204
Location: Bath
Vacancy Reference: V042204
Closing Date: 15 August 2022

This great role to support the care of a 12-year-old girl is for two to four Friday evenings per month to offer respite to Sophia’s parents.  

Sophia* is 12 and loves animals, particularly dogs, and is fascinated by wolves. Sophia attends a Specialist school and is getting on really well. She is fun and funny with a great sense of humour and loves being outdoors in big spaces like parks. Sophia is also creative and loves art and drawing. Sophia was adopted from care and finds some aspects of life really difficult. Her parents would like someone to come into their home on a regular basis and build a trusted relationship with Sophia to allow them some respite time. The family’s home is accessible by bus. 

Due to the vulnerable nature of the child being supported we are looking for female candidates only.** 

You’ll have some experience of looking after children and be ready to learn about attachment and trauma. You’ll be able to fit in with the family and work with Sophia’s parents to use strategies that work.  

This is a great opportunity to develop your practice supporting children with trauma.  

Role Details 

  • Benefits: £11 per hour; training; CPD opportunities; peer and clinical supervision 
  • The chance to connect to a community of Specialist Support Workers and make professional connections 
  • Hours:  Friday evenings 4:30pm – 8:30pm (two or more Fridays per month) with additional hours available during the school holidays.   
  • Start date: asap, subject to enhanced DBS and references. 

*Name changed to protect identity.  

**Due to the vulnerable nature of the individual being supported, this role is exempt from the 2010 Equality Act on gender grounds.  

Children's Support Workers, Durham, V042203 (two roles)
Location: Durham
Vacancy Reference: V042203
Closing Date: 15 August 2022

Two fantastic opportunities are available to support the care of two children aged 7 and 4.  

Max* is 7 years old and has just started year 2 at a specialist school. Happy, cheeky with a great sense of humour, Max loves Lego and playing on his iPad, and once he is there loves spending time outside. Max lives with the legacy of his earliest difficult experiences and has difficulties with attachment, and behaviour that can look similar to autism. Max is great fun to be with. Lucy* is 4 and is starting in the reception year of school. Lucy’s earliest experiences mean she can be nervous of separation but like Max, also loves being outside. 

Max and Lucy’s family need support 5 days per week after school between 3pm and 8pm. During 9 weeks of the school holidays each year overtime is available to support Max 1:1 for the whole day Wednesday to Friday. This holiday overtime can be shared with the other Children’s Support Workers. You will need your own car to access the family home, and to take the children to and pick them up from activities.  

These roles will be extremely rewarding and offer a valuable insight into working directly with children with developmental trauma using an attachment model of care. You will have experience of working with children, be open and engaging with emotional maturity and resilience, and ready to learn from the parents and wider professional team around the family. For this role we will be particularly looking for commitment and reliability. 

Role Details 

  • Benefits: £11-£12 per hour (dependent on experience); training; CPD opportunities; peer and clinical supervision 
  • The chance to be part of a community of Specialist Support Workers and make professional connections 
  • Total hours to be covered: Monday – Friday 3pm – 8pm plus additional hours in school holidays 
  • Each role is for 2-3 afternoons per week plus additional hours in school holidays
  • Commitment of at least 12 months, preferably longer. 
  • Own car required. 
  • Start date: as soon as can be arranged, subject to enhanced DBS and references. 
  • Candidate requirements: experience of childcare, resilience, reliability and an interest in supporting recovery from trauma.  

*Names changed to protect identity.  

Female** Children's Support Worker, Bath, V062208
Location: Bath
Vacancy Reference: V062208
Closing Date: 15 August 2022

This is a great role supporting a 9 year old girl for 9-12 hours a week over the summer holidays (likely to be 2 mornings plus 1 full day) on flexible days of the week. There is also the potential to continue working after term starts again on a Saturday for 3 hours.

Hayley* is 9 and kind, caring and fun. She is one of 4 siblings and lives with her older brother, older sister and younger sister. At home Hayley loves baking and doing messy play. When out of the house, Hayley really enjoys the sensation of being on a swing and seeing animals. Hayley goes to an independent special school, and has some complex needs including sensory difficulties and the impact of early life trauma. Sometimes this leads to very specific interests. At the moment this is traffic lights!

This role is to support Hayley by spending time with her at home as well as taking her on local trips out to the park or city farm. You will get to know the whole family and sometimes you’ll be supporting one of Hayley’s siblings so that she can spend 1:1 time with her parents. The key aims of the role are to create a trusted relationship and provide patient, calm and reassuring care.

You will have experience of working with children, with an openness to learn about developmental trauma and additional needs. It is essential that you will be able and happy to work with Hayley’s parents through using models of care that work well for them as a family. It is not essential to have a car or a driving licence – the family currently live in the centre of Bath, but longer term they will be moving to a village which is accessible from the centre of Bath by bike.

**This role is open to female candidates only due to the needs of Hayley and her siblings.

Role Details

  • Benefits: £11 per hour; training; CPD opportunities; peer and clinical supervision
  • The chance to connect to a community of Specialist Support Workers and make professional connections
  • Hours: 9-12 hours per week over the summer holidays, with the potential to continue on a Saturday from September.
  • Start date: as soon as possible, subject to enhanced DBS check and references

*Names changed to protect identity.

**Due to the vulnerable nature of the individuals being supported, this role is exempt from the 2010 Equality Act on gender grounds.

Female** Children's Support Worker, Warminster, V062205
Location: Warminster, BA12
Vacancy Reference: V062205
Closing Date: 18 July 2022

This is a great role to support two girls, aged 10 and 6. The key requirement is to be available for 3 or more hours on a Friday after school, plus for some time (details can be agreed according to availability) over the weekend. 

Sophie* (10) loves playing in the garden and using the trampoline and the swings. Stacey* (6) also enjoys being outside and really benefits from the sensory regulation of physical play. The girls have bikes and are very happy going for a ride. Both girls also love arts and crafts and playing on Minecraft and Lego when they’re at home.  

Sophie and Stacey live with the impact of trauma from their earliest years: the sibling dynamic can be a challenge, and both children sometimes seem younger than their chronological ages. Both girls thrive on 1:1 attention and being guided through activities with an adult.  

The role is to support the family by spending time with the girls at home. Timings can be flexible, but support is needed after school on a Friday and for some time on the weekend for a maximum of 6 hours per week. The key aims of the role are to provide patient, calm and reassuring care and to develop long term, trusting relationships.  

You will have experience of working with children, with an interest and preferably experience in the developmental impacts of attachment and trauma. It is essential that you will be able and happy to work with Sophie and Stacey’s parents through using models of care that work well for them as a family. It is not essential to have a car or a driving licence – the family live on a bus route and are walking distance from the railway station – but it would potentially be helpful as it could assist in broadening the range of activities you could undertake. **This role is open to female candidates only due to the needs of the children. 

This is a great opportunity to develop your practice supporting children with trauma and to learn about the impact of complex additional needs on children’s development and family life.  

Role Details 

  • Benefits: £11 per hour; training; CPD opportunities; peer and clinical supervision 
  • The chance to connect to a community of Specialist Support Workers and make professional connections 
  • Hours: 3-6 hours per week, ideally Friday after school and some time on a weekend; hours can be built up slowly and be flexible. 
  • Start date: as soon as possible, subject to enhanced DBS check and references 

*Names changed to protect identity. 

**Due to the vulnerable nature of the individuals being supported, this role is exempt from the 2010 Equality Act on gender grounds. 

Children's Support Worker, Portishead, V062207
Location: Portishead, BS20
Vacancy Reference: V062207
Closing Date: 18 July 2022

A great opportunity is available to support the care of four children aged 6, 4, 3 and 2.  

Kyle* will be 7 in July and loves playing outside with water or on the trampoline. Reading together is a favourite activity for Kyle: his parents are currently reading the BFG and Harry Potter with him. Freya is 4 and also enjoys being read to, as well dressing up, imaginative play and going in the paddling pool when the weather’s nice! Jess is 3 and a bit quieter than the others; a gentle soul, she also loves the trampoline and playing outside. Charlie is 2 and loves Paw Patrol and the Snail and Whale story, and as with all the children, enjoys playing outside. All four children have experienced time in foster care and the sibling dynamics can be complex due to their earliest experiences. Although the children do not have diagnosed special educational needs, early trauma means that their attachment has been disrupted and they need highly attuned care.  

The children’s parents are looking for support in the home for 18 hours per week over 3 days on a Monday, Thursday and Sunday. This may mean supervising all 4 children for short periods or allowing their parents to connect with 1 or 2 of the children at a time. You will work alongside Mum and Dad.  

This role will be extremely rewarding and offer a valuable insight into working directly with children with developmental trauma using an attachment model of care.

You will be confident working with early years children, and able to hit the ground running in the family home. Open and engaging with emotional maturity and resilience, you will be ready to learn about the complex implications of early trauma and attachment disruption. For this role we will be particularly looking for commitment and reliability. 

Role Details 

  • Benefits: £11-£12 per hour (dependent on experience); training; CPD opportunities; peer and clinical supervision 
  • The chance to be part of a community of Specialist Support Workers and make professional connections 
  • 18 hours per week: Monday 1:30pm – 7:30pm; Thursday 3:30pm – 7:30pm; Sunday all day (8 hours) 
  • Commitment of at least 12 months, preferably longer
  • Ideally own transport but not essential 
  • Start date: as soon as can be arranged, subject to enhanced DBS and references. 
  • Candidate requirements: solid experience of early years childcare, resilience, reliability and an interest in supporting recovery from trauma. 

*Names changed to protect identity.  

Specialist Children's Support Worker, Pudsey, Leeds, V072201
Location: Pudsey, Leeds, LS28
Vacancy Reference: V072201
Closing Date: 15 August 2022

A fantastic opportunity is available to support a 11-year-old boy for around four to eight hours a week. The role could be either after school or at weekends, fitting flexibly around other commitments.

Chris* is great company and gets on well with adults. He particularly loves cars, being outdoors, and riding his bike. He likes to take things apart and see how they work – and, with help, is delighted when he can then fix them back together again!

Chris lives with the impact of his earliest years. He has complex needs and attends a specialist school for children with autism. He can display behaviours that are similar to those of a much younger child and can be challenging, and which need a calm, mature response. The behaviours can be particularly evident when he is not aware of his sensory needs, for example while eating. Chris’ family would like someone to come into their home on a weekly basis and slowly build a trusted relationship with him, with the aim of being able to play Lego or talk about ships or cars at home, or to take him out to the local park, museum or cycle track.

You will have experience of working with young people and children with autism and ADHD, and be interested in learning about the impacts of early trauma. You will be willing to work together with Chris’ family to learn and put into practice strategies that work well for them as a family, remaining calm and connected.

The family home is easily accessible on public transport, but it would be helpful if you are able and confident in driving with a young person. As this is an attachment-focussed role, we are looking for candidates who can commit to working for at least 9 months and are reliable, as change is disruptive for Chris.

This is a great opportunity to develop your practice supporting children living with neurodiversity and trauma, and to learn about the impact of complex additional needs on a child’s development and family life.

Role Details

  • Benefits: £12 per hour; training; CPD opportunities; peer and clinical supervision; the chance to connect to a community of Specialist Support Workers and make professional connections
  • Hours: 4 – 8 per week, days and times flexible, after school or on Saturdays
  • Start date: ASAP, subject to enhanced DBS check and references

*Name changed to protect identity.

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