Residential Practitioners Emergency Response

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£29,777 - £32,076 pro rata (pay award pending) & excellent benefits
Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Job Type
Full Time

Are you an experienced, solution oriented, systemic working, child focused practitioner, keen to work alongside partners and particularly our children and young people to deliver a new model of residential intervention in Rotherham? This post could be for you…

The posts will play a key role in the delivery of the vision we have around our edge of care and residential service. We are looking for practitioners who are skilled in working with children and their families in emergency situations, where an entry into care looks like the next step. The emergency residential settings and staffing are focused on  working alongside the Team around the child in a proactive way and playing a key role in intensive support packages as part of the residential team and or in the community with families. We are seeking dynamic, solution focused practitioners, who enjoy working with children and their families to achieve success and who want to work alongside our innovative edge of care model.

Rotherham Council has made a strategic decision to make a significant investment in children’s residential services. This will ensure more of our looked after children are placed in Rotherham, close to their local communities, family and schools.

We are using current best practice and evidence-based models to develop a range of new children`s homes including 2 and 4 bed EBD, emergency accommodation and solo provision for some of our most complex children and young people.

We are particularly looking for practitioners who have previous experience of working in specialist solo provision, mental health residential settings, crisis accommodation and with children and young people with sensory, ASD, mental health needs and who have suffered significant trauma. For the emergency settings we are looking for practitioners who work systemically and have experience of working with the whole family approach.

This new residential provision will be part of a Children and Young People Service judged as `Good` by Ofsted in August 2022 and build on practice from our short break residential home provision. 

Children’s Residential Practitioners in Rotherham will:  

  • Promote, safeguard and protect the welfare of looked after children across the borough
  • Key work individual children and young people, building effective relationships, being a positive role model and providing consistency of support
  • Apply agreed evidence based therapeutic and behavioural management approaches and practice models
  • Provide opportunities for children and young people to influence the decisions that affect them and the service they receive 
  • Work systemically and as part of team to ensure a joined-up service centred on the child
  • Engage in the running of the home including activities, meals, personal care, recording, report writing and administration of medication in line with the council’s policy
  • Undertake staff training, attend staff meetings and formal supervision sessions
  • Provide and promote a safe, stimulating and nurturing physical environment
  • Hold a full valid UK driving license
  • Ability to transport children and young people to and from school/activities

Key benefits of working at Rotherham Council’s Children and Young People’s service are:  

  • Strong support and clear direction from Managers
  • Extensive training programme, to develop and professionalise our residential practitioners. This includes the Rotherham Family Approach incorporating Signs of Safety and Restorative Practice
  • Residential services that have access to and work closely with our high quality in house therapeutic service
  • Innovative Edge of Care Services and a strong Early Help offer which is reducing demand and supporting professionals to think systemically and develop creative options to support children and young people
  • The prioritisation of Looked After Children for CAMHS assessment and intervention, with a bespoke Rotherham Therapeutic Team working closely with each setting.
  • The opportunity to make a real difference to the children, young people and families
  • Investment in you as a practitioner involving support, supervision, training and opportunity for professional development and progression.
  • Local Authority pension and 30 days annual leave, to be taken in line with the agreed weekend annual leave allocation as detailed in employer handbook.  

About you 

We are seeking inspirational, resilient and child focused practitioners who are committed to:

Developing their skills and practices in order to provide an outstanding residential service to children and young people

Supporting and caring for some of our most complex children and young people, at times in solo provision

Working evening, weekend and sleep in shifts as part of the residential team

Our vision is for the children and families of Rotherham to routinely experience and describe the services they receive from us, as outstanding and we intend to do that by putting the child first in everything we do.

By being part of our residential service, you will play a crucial role in developing our collective commitment to an ethos of excellence, integrity, trust and transparency. You will also be joining us at a time of change as we continue to develop our provision, providing you with an opportunity to be involved and influence the service design and development of practice in line with best practice and evidence-based approaches.

About Yorkshire  

Rotherham and the wider South Yorkshire region is a great place to live and a stone’s throw from some of the UK’s finest towns and cities, and is home to some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain. Easy to reach from Sheffield or Leeds, there are plenty of places to see, things to do and property is excellent value for money - all within a 2 hour train journey from London.  

Please state clearly on your application form which post(s) you wish to apply for.

If you have any questions regarding these opportunities, and/or would like a conversation about these new roles, please email

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This role expires 04/08/2024.
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