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Assistant Residential Worker - Zero Hours/Relief

Job Reference Ref/1704/2094

Number of Positions:
Contract Type:
Zero hours/Relief
Salary Range :
£23,500 plus enhancements for weekend working and bank holidays
Working Hours:
Harston, Cambridge
Job Category:
Children's Homes
Cambridgeshire County Council

Our benefits

We value our colleagues in Cambridgeshire County Council and have developed a number of benefits in addition to the basics like annual leave, sick pay, pension and mileage…

  • A comprehensive wellbeing package to cover all aspects of wellbeing, both in and out of work, which can also be accessed by your family
  • Buy up to 4 weeks additional annual leave (pro-rata) through our salary sacrifice scheme
  • Take your bank holidays flexibly to better suit your personal circumstances
  • Make Additional Voluntary Contributions (Shared AVCs) to your pension with tax and National Insurance savings
  • Access to development opportunities, apprenticeships and qualified coaches to support your personal and professional growth
  • Paid volunteering hours each year so you can make a positive impact on our community during your normal working day
  • Access to Peer Support Groups through our IDEAL staff equality, diversity and inclusion network
  • Opportunities to nominate and receive Employee Recognition Awards
  • An Our Cambs Rewards account, giving you access to in-store and online discounts as well as our Car Lease and Cycle to Work schemes

About the role

Are you looking for a career with great job satisfaction, supporting Children and Young People?

We have an opportunity to join us as an Assistant Residential Zero Hours/Relief Worker at our care home located in London Road, Harston, Cambridge.

We provide full time residential care for Children and Young People aged 8 to 18 who have a learning or physical disabilities and or additional health or behavioural needs.

Join our team and we will offer you:

  • A comprehensive induction, ongoing training and continuing professional development.
  • Plenty of opportunities for career progression.
  • Monthly Supervision with a senior member of staff who will guide and support you.
  • Support to gain your Level 4 Diploma in Residential Childcare. This is a mandatory apprenticeship and all candidates would start this within 6 months of starting their role. This course takes approx 18- 24 months to complete, is fully funded by CCC. Staff are given 8 hours every 4 weeks to work on their Diploma.
  • An experienced staff team member to mentor you.
  • Generous Annual Leave Allowance raising with length of service, plus the option to buy additional leave.
  • Generous mileage allowance of 45p per mile (up to first 10,000 miles and then 25p per mile).
  • Membership to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • An hourly rate equivalent to £11.18  with enhanced pay rates for Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.
  • Free on-site parking

We asked our team why they love working at London, here is some of what they said:

“London Road and the children we support changed my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way”.

“Seeing the impact the work we do has on children and families is really uplifting. I am so glad to be part of something that makes such a positive difference”.

For you to excel in this role you don't need previous experience in care, just the passion and belief that you can make a difference. Apply today and see for yourself.

Appointment to this post will be subject to the outcome of an Enhanced Disclosure obtained through the Disclosure and Barring Service. This is fully funded by CCC. The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

  • This is a rolling campaign, and we will review applications daily so please don't wait for the closing date to apply. Candidates will be progressed shortly after they apply, and the opportunity will be filled as soon as we identify a suitable candidate, which may be before the closing date. So please don't hesitate, we want to speak to you now!

For more information or to chat about this opportunity please contact 

Amelia Boddison - Registered Manger of London Road on 01223 706138 or Dawn Curtis - Recruitment Support Officer to London Road on 07443147505

What will you be doing?

  • Work as a team and individually to provide a flexible responsive, high quality and person-centred care and support to children, young people and their families according to their support plan.
  • A mixture of early and late shifts.  Early shifts start at 7 am til 3 pm and Late shifts start at 2 pm til 10 pm, 
  • Support children and young people in their personal care, administration of medication and clinical procedures in line with their support plan and organisational policies and procedures
  • Support children and young people to develop independence in these areas appropriate to their age and needs and support plan.
  • Ensure that the views and needs of children and young people are sought, heard and responded to in a way that suits them.  Promoting communication and participation with the child and young person’s views directly influencing their support.
  • Maintain any registration requirements in line with the required bodies and ensure that Cambridgeshire County Council is notified of any circumstances which could affect your registration status
  • To liaise closely with keyworkers to ensure that night time knowledge, experience and needs are fully included in the support planning process for children and young people. To Liaise with Keyworkers and managers to support with general admin tasks.
  • Record observations and maintain up to date files (paper and electronic), utilising agreed systems and procedures; undertake administrative processes as necessary to maintain systems, procedures and office practices.
  • Be familiar with and work according to health, environmental and safety policies and procedures. In the event of any serious risk, take immediate action to reduce this risk and inform senior management.


About you

Please can you ensure you can:

  • Reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work
  • Be authorised to work in the United Kingdom full time
  • Please note we do not offer Sponsorships.
  • Please can all candidates attach/include with their application a Supporting Statement explaining why they feel they would fit the role and the experience they have, to bring to the role 

About us

Cambridgeshire is a great place to work and live with a diverse population, an urban centre in Cambridge, historic Isle of Ely, Huntingdon and St Ives as well as more rural landscapes.

Our four values are central to our culture, driving everything we do.


We are proud to serve the diverse communities of Cambridgeshire and want our workforce to be reflective of this diversity, which we believe benefits our employees, the organisation and our communities. 

Visit our jobs and careers section to find out more about our wide range of learning and development opportunities; apprenticeships; our wellbeing package; staff benefits; our commitment to equality, diversity and Inclusion.

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