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Caern House Gogarbank, EH12 9BZ
£11.00 p.h
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Barnardo's Caern Disability Services consists of three unique Projects who deliver a variety of quality services for young people with learning disabilities and/or autism. We have done this for over forty years.

We are seeking to recruit enthusiastic and committed As & When Residential Workers for our Caern Short Breaks and Pentland Way services.

We have a variety of posts available across both Projects for DAYS and WAKING NIGHTS. Hours and days can be tailored to suit your flexible needs as an As & When worker.

Our Caern Short Breaks service supports up to 6 children and young people at any one time aged 5-18 by offering and short break packages to them and their families.  All staff play an active role in supporting the children, young people and their families/carers to achieve positive outcomes, as identified in the Young People's Individual Support Plans.

Our Pentland Way service is a residential setting providing support to three older young people. Using a person-centred approach, we aspire to create an environment in which the young people are happy, nurtured and safe. We aim to enhance their lives by supporting them to develop independence in both the domestic environment and the community.

We offer an hourly rate of £11.00 per hour for As & When staff (Salary FTE £21,172)


Ideally you will have experience in working directly with children and young people in a residential setting. Experience in supporting children and young people with a learning disability and/or Autism would be an advantage.  Communication with the young people is paramount - the key is time tabling; structure; reliability and consistency. You will be faced with behaviours that challenge, including physical.

The staff team across Caern Services must be fully accepting of our children and be prepared to offer them a professional relationship based on acceptance and informed by our understanding of their individual needs, wishes and experiences. We are passionate about the children and young people that we care for, showing understanding, empathy and consistency in our approach.

You will hold (or be willing to work towards) a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above (for example SVQ3 children and young people) plus an HNC in social services. These qualifications are required to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as part of your employment. There may be external grants available to partly fund this. 

At Barnardo's we believe in children – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Please read about our basis and values following the link above. You will be asked questions relating to them as part of the recruitment process for this role.

Barnardo's is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce for staff and volunteers. We actively encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within Barnardo's.