Children's Residential Support Worker

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We are looking for an experienced Children's Residential Support Worker to join the well established team at our home in Heaton Moor. Ideally you will have experience of similar settings and have achieved your CACHE Level 3/Level 4 Diploma in Children and Young People.

About Ferndene

We provide a caring, stable and nurturing home, in an informal atmosphere, catering for the needs of children and young people. We can also accommodate young people with learning difficulties and special needs. In consultation with local authorities we provide short and medium to long-term residential care.

We will consider requests for planned and emergency admission of children and young people of either gender aged 7-17, and we are registered to accommodate two young people at any given time.

It is our aim to create an atmosphere within which the individual can feel safe to express themselves, find adults they feel able to approach and those that will accept them unreservedly as individuals in their own right. As part of a wider strategy, active attempts are made to rescue the better aspect of the individual’s behaviour, to restart the natural process of growth and development, and equip them with the necessary skills to go on to be productive members of society.

Ferndene’s Specialism

Ferndene is a small two bedded home catering for young people who have experienced abuse within the family home, ineffective parenting or neglect and subsequently display negative and unsafe behaviours.

Ferndene specialises in re-introducing education to our young people who may have experienced big gaps in their education and have created blocks in their development. Utilising a combination of in-house tutoring, one to one staff support, therapeutic interventions and our positive relationships with local education provision, we successfully support and enable our young people to re-access and re-invest in their education.

Ferndene provides consistent and predictable boundaries and age appropriate routines which are consistent with the framework of positive parenting and support their families/ foster carers to maintain this structure upon transitioning to their care.


New Horizons was established almost 25 years ago with the intention to “Build Brighter Futures”, over the years we have organically grown and now have five children’s homes over Stockport and Greater Manchester. We have built a reputation as a leading provider of residential childcare, and aim to provide long term, stable and secure placements to young people who have known chaotic childhoods, multiple placement breakdowns or may have come from failed foster care or adoption placements.

We are now a “preferred provider” with most Local Authorities across the UK, and regularly receive upwards of 600 referrals a month from Local Authorities wishing to place young people with us. This hard work has also been recognised and celebrated by Ofsted, placing authorities, the young peoples families and other external agencies.

About the role

Through ongoing development and training we ensure our people are well prepared for their jobs and given every opportunity to extend their skills. We offer accredited training programmes including Diplomas and NVQs, supplemented by ongoing learning opportunities, to keep our people up to date with the latest guidelines and best practice.


Salary: £22,360 - £31,590 per annum**


  • Up to 33 days of annual leave(enhanced from 28)
  • Access to Perkbox
  • Casual dress
  • Company events
  • Store discounts
  • Wellness programmes
  • A rewarding career in Children Services
  • Making a real difference in young people's lives and improving outcomes for young people
  • Peoples Pension scheme
  • Ongoing support in advancing your career.
  • Great discounts on gym membership, cinema tickets, driving lessons, holidays, family days out, restaurants and high street shopping.

**Based on an average example of a support workers salary - employees are paid on an hourly rate ranging from £9.75p/h to £11.60p/h plus £40 per sleep in - Lowest salary based on 40 hours per week plus one sleep in as a Residential Support Worker, highest salary based on 2.5 shifts(43.75 hours) plus 2.5 sleeps per week as a Senior Residential Support Worker - shift patterns and actual hours vary from home to home - New Horizons is not responsible for the content of adverts reposted by outside agencies.

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