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Residential Child Care Officer

Priory Group

Job Description

Priory Education and Children’s Services is a leading company in the UK offering independent behavioural care for commissioners across the UK. With over 100 high quality schools, colleges and homes we focus on making a real and lasting difference for everyone we support.

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Rossendale is a school catering for the needs of pupils who display social, emotional and mental health difficulties and whose learning disability may be affected by an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Pupils will have either a Statement of SEN or an EHCP.

The school currently accepts pupils from some 18 different Local Education Authorities in the North West and although we are predominantly a day school, there is provision for up to 12 pupils to board Monday to Friday in term time only.  Historically there have been 56 pupils on roll, however following an integrated Ofsted inspection in September 2009 permission was granted by DfE for a material change to the School’s provision.  This has allowed us to convert the farmhouse, which previously housed 9 residential pupils, into teaching and support provision for up to 12 pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorders (high functioning).  We have also had our registration changed recently to incorporate admitting young people up to the age of 18 at our Sixth Form, which now means that we can take up to 72 young people.

Although Rossendale School is essentially a day School, we fully recognise that for a number of our pupils their wider educational, social and emotional needs cannot be met simply on a daily basis.  Hence the provision of weekly boarding accommodation in family type settings.   It is important that these young people have a home base (not necessarily with their natural family) to which they can return each Friday.  It is an important aspect of the School’s beliefs that we form an effective partnership with the young person’s family or carers and work closely with them to bring about a successful reintegration of the young person to their home.  It is for this reason that each pupil is allocated a Keyworker from the Care Staff Team who will work on a 1-1 basis with the young person, usually outside of class time and liaise regularly with family or carers.

Following the material change all residential pupils live off-site. There are two off-site cottages in Rawtenstall and a detached house in Newchurch, which provide accommodation for pupils.  All the accommodation is both warm and caring, yet provides structure and security, as well as offering opportunities for learning and personal development.

Job Advert Role Description

This post is a full time post  to provide support for children aged 8-18 years who have complex social, emotional and mental health difficulties with associated autism spectrum conditions in the school and residential setting.

If you have experience of working with young people in a residential setting, are flexible, imaginative and enthusiastic we would be pleased to hear from you.  Experience of working in a special school is not essential as the school runs its own extensive training programme.  The role will include two evenings a week where a sleep in allowance will be paid.

You will need to have held a full driving licence for at least 3 years.

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About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


Priory Education Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and disclosures with the relevant body at an enhanced level. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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Rossendale School, Bamford Road, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 0RT

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