Main Duties:

  • To provide primary basic care and a nurturing, therapeutic environment to help the child progress.
  • To contribute to the normal development of the children and young people through the provision of a healthy lifestyle to enable them to reach their fullest potential by providing a variety of stimulating activities and a consistent and caring adult model.
  • To work with consistent boundaries in order to create safety for the children and young people.
  • To be a positive role model for the child and practitioners and encourage both to develop meaningful relationships and attachments.
  • To be alert to signs of distress or abuse and to ensure that the children and young people are monitored and protected and have their needs met ensuring that all safeguarding needs are met.
  • To be aware of the children’s rights and to work in an anti-discriminatory and anti- oppressive manner.
  • To work alongside the children and young people to help develop a true sense of identity and feeling of self worth.
  • To be sensitive to the needs of individual children and young people, taking account of race, culture, language, sexuality and religion.
  • To engage, communicate, talk and listen to the children and young people. To observe their behaviour and record significant features.
  • To liaise where necessary with other professionals i.e. schools, social workers.
  • To support the children and young people to integrate into social activities and where appropriate mainstream school.
  • To use reactive strategies to support the behaviour of children and young people who are unable to manage their own behaviour.
  • To assist in preparation for reviews and meetings and attend when required.
  • To contribute to care planning and the implementation of these plans.
  • To work alongside psychologists to enable effective integration of care and therapy.
  • To work with children and young people and their prospective carers to ensure the child’s successful integration into a family when placed.
  • To be a key carer of a child or young person where designated.

Household Responsibilities:

  • To share in the practical activities necessary to maintain the home to the highest standard.
  • To set the highest standard in home making.
  • To take ownership of the home, including the fabric, equipment and grounds.
  • To be accountable for monies allocated for specific purposes where appropriate.
  • To ensure the children have a balanced diet.
  • To adhere to Health and Safety Regulations and Procedures.


  • To keep abreast of good practice in order to develop skills, knowledge and experience, in accordance with your personal development plan.
  • To be able to take responsibility for own personal development.
  • To make use of regular supervision.
  • To develop an understanding of Solace for Children’s Whistle Blowing Policy and procedure.
  • To attend in-house and external training to develop skills, knowledge and experience.
  • To commit to ongoing personal and professional development.
  • To act in a way outside of work which reflects a position of responsibility


  • Diploma Level 3 Residential Childcare or Equivalent
  • Experience with working with children or working in a care environment
  • Full Clean UK Driving License

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