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Child Care Worker

St Helens
£8.88 /Hour

Job Description

Child Care Workers

Location - St Catherines Centre, St Helens

Reference - 4216/STC

Hours - A range of flexible contracts available including annualised hours + relief

St Catherine’s is a nationwide resource providing both secure and open facilities for young people aged between 10 and 17. Our primary function is to offer protection to young people when they are in crisis and provide a supported pathway for the future

We are currently recruiting for Child Care Workers.

The successful candidate will have relevant experience of working with children and young people, particularly those with a history of challenging behaviour. Because of the nature of the work involved it would be beneficial if your experience included working within a secure setting although this is not essential.

You will have good communication and time management skills and you must be adaptable with a good sense of humour. Ideally you will hold Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young Peoples workforce (or equivalent) or be willing to undertake.

If you are looking for a more flexible way of working please contact us.

What we offer:

• Salary of £8.88 Per Hour (relief) + £ 18,068 - £21,266 (annualised hours) Pay award pending
• Group Personal Pension Scheme
• Life Assurance Scheme
• A comprehensive induction programme with ongoing training and development
• Regular supervisions and annual appraisal scheme
• Career Progression opportunities
• Access to 24 hour Employee Assistance Programme
• Staff Discount Scheme

For an application pack please telephone our 24 hour recruitment line on 0151 261 2040, e-mail: [Click here to apply] or visit to download the documents.

Please Note – This position is subject to an enhanced DBS check. Applicants will be required to join the DBS update service upon notification of a successful interview. The cost of this will be reimbursed upon commencement of employment.

Closing Dates for applications is 31st October 2016

Job Requirements


99 Edge Lane, Liverpool, L7 2PE

Tel: 0151 261 2000



(employed on a 24 hour rota basis, day & night)



Nugent Care is the social work service of the Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool. The origins of Nugent Care date back to Victorian Liverpool and the pioneering work ofFather James Nugent (1822-1905) in relation to child welfare, poverty relief and social reform.

Today Nugent Care is one of the leading charities in the North West of England, caring for children, disabled and marginalised people of all ages. We continue to fulfil a major social welfare role throughout the North West by acting as both a service provider and a major employer. The scale of our work is immense and we currently provide the following services;

 Residential Special Schools, including day places;

 Children’s homes, including a secure unit;

 Care Homes for adults and older people;

 A very wide range of Community Services for children and adults of all ages;

 Supported living services;

 Adoption agency work;

Nugent Care celebrates diversity in our organisation and in society as a whole and is an equal opportunities employer welcoming all people with a positive view of age, caring responsibilities, gender, disability racial origin, religion, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.


St Catherine’s Secure Centre provides care and education to young people from the age of 10 to 17. The Centre comprises of a Secure Unit, which is a 2x6 bedded facility and a 3 bedded Children’s Home providing 2:3 supervision. All young people are educated on site by our team of Teachers and Classroom Assistants. The Centre accommodates young people whose behaviour has placed themselves or others at significant risk.


 The normal working day operates from 7.00am to 10.30pm and is covered by waking staff supported by access to advice from sleep-in Duty Officers at night. Social work staff must expect to work the time dictated by the needs of the young people and this may involve working some split shifts.

3.  JOB TITLE – Child Care Worker 

4.  ACCOUNTABLE TO – Care Manager


All matters of delegated authority relating to the residential care of children in a unit in a residential home setting


6.1  To work as part of a staff team, on a 24 hour rota, working with children and young people in a residential unit

6.2  To assist the Registered Manager, Care Managers and Senior CCW’s in the development and implementation of Care Plans.

6.3  To assist the Registered Manager, Care Managers and Senior CCW’s in the running of the House as required

6.4  To provide waking supervision throughout the night of a group of young people in a residential House

6.5  To provide simple medical and physical assistance to the young people and to call assistance if needed.

6.6  To record in a log, details of incidents etc as required by the Registered Manager /Principal


The Child Care Worker must keep the Registered Manager, Care Managers and Senior Child Care Workers fully informed on all matters of concern in the House within his/her delegated authority and must inform the Duty Officer of these matters outside of normal working hours. He/she must assist the Senior Child Care Workers and Care Managers in keeping all unit staff informed about matters relating to their work.


In addition to the relationships determined by the structures and lines of accountability, close working and professional relationships under the supervision of the Care Manager should be maintained with:

8.1  Senior Staff, Duty Officer, On Call Manager where appropriate

8.2  Outside Agencies – Schools, Local Authorities, families of our young people etc in accordance with Home policies

8.3  Professional Support – Pyschologists, Doctors, Relevant Nursing Practitioners etc

8.4  Teaching and Unit staff in order to maintain complimentary programmes


Assisting the Care Managers and Senior Child Care Workers in the following:-

9.1  Organisation and care practices of a Residential House in accordance with Nugent Care’s and the Home’s policies, the relevant Acts (especially Children Act 1989) and Statutory Instruments and Department of Health Good Practice Guidance in consultation with the manager.

9.2  Taking charge of the House, if requested, in the absence of the Care Manager and the Senior Child Care Worker

9.3  All other matters of delegated authority


10.1  Promoting good childcare practice through the provision of a secure and caring environment for the children in accordance with the Home’s philosophy

10.2  Assisting in devising and implementing individual care programmes in accordance with the philosophy of the home and to undertake a key working role to individual children and young people

10.4  Working together with the Senior Child Care Worker and Care Manager, with families and substitute families of children and young people referred and with other professionals

10.5  Being aware of and responding to the needs of children and young people – physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social and cultural needs

10.6  Encouraging and assisting all staff to take responsibility in such a way that decisions are taken at as low a level of line management consistent with good child care practices, Nugent Care policies and legal requirements

10.7  Ensuring that anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practices are maintained throughout Nugent Care

10.8  To foster positive relationships with children and young people and interact in a way that promotes self-esteem and confidence

10.9  To ensure the security of the House during the sleeping hours.

10.10  To ensure that all windows and doors are secure on the commencement of duty

10.11  To welcome young people into the home when they return and respond to any needs they may have

10.12  To action all risk assessment strategies with regards to individual children and young people

10.13  To implement the Missing From Care protocol as required

10.14  To undertake light household duties as required

10.15  To be prepared to specifically contribute to a young person’s placement plan where appropriate and as directed by the Registered Manager /Principal

10.16  To contribute to a positive child friendly atmosphere in the home

10.17  To be prepared to take responsibility for giving early morning calls to young people as required.

10.18  To be prepared to make light snacks for young people on occasions as appropriate

10.19  To ensure that all young people are present, in their allocated places and safe and well

10.21  To be prepared to issue bed linen to young people as required

10.22  To undertake escort duties to hospital, police station etc when required to do so

10.23  To be prepared to deal with enquiries from within the local community regarding young people and to deal with these enquiries with courtesy, sensitivity and confidentiality

10.24  To be prepared to issue medication to young people as required

10.25  To be aware that a Duty Officer/On Call Manager is on call at all times and to be prepared to report all serious incidents which occur during the period at any time

10.27  In case of fire to sound the Fire Alarm, telephone the Fire Brigade and assist in the evacuation of the building. To be on hand to give the correct number of young people if required and the location of the fire

10.28  To ensure that no unauthorised persons enter the building during the period of duty

10.30  To be prepared (in the event of staff being late, delayed or who have reported sick) to remain at post until relieved, even though this would mean remaining in duty after normal finishing times

10.31  To be alert and observant with regards to the well-being of the young people and to possess and use practical skills when the need arises

10.32  To be part of the staff team – to participate in training, to attend staff meetings and to assist with home functions including administration duties

10.34  To take personal responsibility for and show commitment to one’s own professional development and training including mandatory and PRICE training

10.35  Being familiar with and complying with Nugent Care’s policy of Health and Safety at work which includes fire safety precautions

10.36  Participating in the sleep in system as required by the Registered Manager/Principal


11.1  Completing accurately and contemporaneously all relevant records and children’s files and logs in accordance with Nugent Care and Home policies

11.2  Providing reports for and participating in case conferences and reviews, as requested.

11.3  To ensure a written record is kept of times of inspection tours and incidents occurring

11.4  To answer the telephone and record all messages

11.5  To ensure that all record books are signed by the visiting Duty Officer

11.6  To complete all records as required under the Children’s Homes regulations


 Ensuring safe practice guidelines are followed and Safeguarding policies and procedures are adhered to


It is the nature of the work of Nugent Care, Liverpool that tasks and responsibilities are, in many circumstances, unpredictable and varied and may include weekend and evening working. All staff are, therefore, expected to work in a flexible way when the occasion arises, when tasks not specifically covered in their job description have to be undertaken. These additional duties will normally be to cover unforeseen circumstances or changes in work and they will normally be compatible with the regular type of work. If the additional responsibility or task becomes a regular or frequent part of the member of staff’s job, it will be included in the job description in consultation with the member of staff.

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Gillian Evans
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