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Lothian Villa Childrens Centre, Ravensheugh Road, Musselburgh, EH21 7QB
£30,037 - £33,857 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time & Part Time

This position has expired.

Vacancy Information

It is East Lothian Council's policy that successful applicants will be placed on the first point of the salary scale. 

The salary advertised is full time (37 hours per week).  The salary for part time posts (less than 37 hours per week) will be pro-rated accordingly.

8 positions available as follows:

6 full time day shift positions of 37 hours per week:
Four days per week (4 x 9.25 hr shifts) from a 7-day week rotating over a 3-weekly rolling rota cycle covering sleep-overs and weekends.

1 part time day shift position of 18.5 hours per week:
Two days per week (2 x 9.25 hr shifts) from a 7-day week rotating over a 3-weekly rolling rota cycle covering sleep-overs and weekends.

1 part time night shift position of 18.5 hours per week:
Two nights per week (2 x 9.25 hr shifts) from a 7-day week rotating over a 3-weekly rolling rota cycle.

You will be asked to indicate on the application form which of the above post(s) you wish to be considered for.

East Lothian Children’s Services have an exciting and rare opportunity for Residential Childcare Support Workers to join Lothian Villa. There are a number of positions with a variety of hours available.

Lothian Villa consists of two residential houses and deliver a high standard of child centred, trauma informed care for looked after and accommodated children and young people.   Applicants should have a sound value base, excellent communication skills and a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the issues that can affect the lives of young people. Applicants should be highly motivated and love working with young people. They should hold high aspirations for young people and be ready to work as part of a team to ensure they are equipped to meet their potential.  Candidates should work well under pressure and be able to demonstrate how they would prioritise their own resilience and wellbeing in this rewarding but often challenging working environment.

East Lothian Children’s Services are keen to recruit workers who are passionate about achieving the best possible outcomes for children, young people and their families. We are committed to promoting an open and trusting culture at all levels of the organisation and prioritise continuous professional development and learning. Our staff are our greatest asset and we strive to be supportive, inclusive and child centred by prioritising effective supervision and a healthy work life balance. Our vision is to support children and young people to live, learn and thrive in East Lothian and our staff are involved in developing services and implementing improvement activity around this goal.

We have an accessible senior management team who are committed to recruiting the best people to compliment the wide range of knowledge and experience that exists throughout the service. 

If you wish to discuss this job vacancy or working for Children’s Services in East Lothian Council, please feel free to contact Andy Thorpe, Residential Manager at or on 0131 653 6909.

Job Details

As part of a team, provide direct support to children and young people across the Long Term Support Service.

Please download the Job Outline/Person Specification (available under 'Job Attachments') for the full range of tasks and duties associated with this job.  You will need to refer to these in order to complete the application form.  You must ensure you meet every 'essential' criteria stated on the Person Specification to be considered for interview.

The East Lothian Way
The ‘East Lothian Way’– values and behaviours we expect our employees to demonstrate in their everyday work.  Should you be invited to interview, you may be asked questions based on these behaviours.  Please refer to the document via the link to familiarise yourself with them.

Job Requirements

Relevant Qualifications
HNC Social Services & SVQ3 in Social Care, or working towards, Promoting Independence or Working with Children and Young People or equivalent and able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge, skills and competencies gained through relevant experience.

Driving Licence 
A full current driving licence is desirable for this post.

PVG Membership
This post is considered as Regulated Work with vulnerable children and/or protected adults, as specified in the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.

All preferred candidates for posts carrying out regulated work with these groups will be required to become a PVG Scheme member, or undergo a PVG Scheme update if they are already a member, prior to any formal offer of employment being made by East Lothian Council.

Please note: PVG member’s records are constantly updated with any new vetting information that arises. Any information that is disclosed on a PVG membership or update check, if relevant to the post being applied for, will be discussed with the applicant and investigated prior to any formal offer being made.

Please note:
If you have spent more than 3 months working or living outwith the UK in the last 5 years then you will be required to present a copy of an overseas criminal record check. Details of how to apply and contact details can be found on the GOV.UKwebsite.

Additional Information

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Please note: We do not accept CV's (either electronically or by mail).  All our vacancies must be applied for by fully completing the on-line application form.  Although there is an ‘import data from my CV’ function on MyJobScotland, this only imports very limited data and should not be relied upon to complete the application form. 

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