Residential Practitioners

Residential Practitioners

22 Feb
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

22 Feb

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council


Children’s Residential Practitioners – Looked After Children - Rotherham, South Yorkshire

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Children and Young People’s Services

Salary details: £25,481 - £27,741 & excellent benefits

Closing date: 4th April 2021

Interview dates – 15th April 2021

Due to current Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions we are following Government advice and this may result in interviews being held via video call.

Permanent, 37 hours per week.


Are you an experienced, solution oriented, systemic working, child focused practitioner,

keen to work alongside partners and particularly our children and young people to deliver a new model of residential intervention in Rotherham? This post could be for you…

Following Cabinet approval, our Children and Young People’s Service are now recruiting for Children’s Residential Practitioners.

These new posts will play a key role in the delivery of a range of in-house residential provision for Rotherham looked after children.

Rotherham Council has made a strategic decision to make a significant investment in children’s residential services. This will ensure more of our looked after children are placed in Rotherham, close to their local communities, family and schools.

We are using current best practice and evidence-based models to develop a range of new children`s homes including 2 and 4 bed EBD, emergency accommodation and solo provision for some of our most complex children and young people.

We are particularly looking for practitioners who have previous experience of working in specialist solo provision, mental health residential settings, crisis accommodation and with children and young people with sensory, ASD, mental health needs and who have suffered significant trauma.

This new residential provision will be part of a Children and Young People Service judged as `Good` by Ofsted in January 2018 and build on practice from our short break residential home judged as `Outstanding` in February 2020.

Children’s Residential Practitioners in Rotherham will:

Promote, safeguard and protect the welfare of looked after children across the borough

Key work individual children and young people, building effective relationships, being a positive role model and providing consistency of support

Apply agreed evidence based therapeutic and behavioural management approaches and practice models

Provide opportunities for children and young people to influence the decisions that affect them and the service they receive

Work systemically and as part of team to ensure a joined-up service centred on the child

Engage in the running of the home including activities, meals, personal care, recording, report writing and administration of medication in line with the council’s policy.

Undertake staff training, attend staff meetings and formal supervision sessions.

Provide and promote a safe, stimulating and nurturing physical environment.

Key benefits of working at Rotherham Council’s Children and Young People’s service are:

Strong support and clear direction from Managers

Extensive training programme, to develop and professionalise our residential practitioners. This includes the Rotherham Family Approach incorporating Signs of Safety and Restorative Practice

Residential services that have access to and work closely with our high quality in house therapeutic service

Innovative Edge of Care Services and a strong Early Help offer which is reducing demand and supporting professionals to think systemically and develop creative options to support children and young people

The prioritisation of Looked After Children for CAMHS assessment and intervention

The opportunity to make a real difference to the children, young people and families

Investment in you as a practitioner involving support, supervision, training and opportunity for professional development and progression.

Local Authority pension and 29 days annual leave, to be taken in line with the agreed weekend annual leave allocation as detailed in employer handbook.

About you

We are seeking inspirational, resilient and child focused practitioners who are committed to:

Developing their skills and practices in order to provide an outstanding residential service to children and young people

Supporting and caring for some of our most complex children and young people, at times in solo provision

Working evening, weekend and sleep in shifts as part of the residential team

Our vision is for the children and families of Rotherham to routinely experience and describe the services they receive from us, as outstanding and we intend to do that by putting the child first in everything we do.

By being part of our residential teams, you will play a crucial role in developing our collective commitment to an ethos of excellence, integrity, trust and transparency. Joining us at a time of change with regard to developing our provision provides you an opportunity to be involved and influence the service design and development of practice in line with best practice and evidence-based approaches.

About Yorkshire

Rotherham and the wider South Yorkshire region is a great place to live and a stone’s throw from some of the UK’s finest towns and cities, and is home to some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain. Easy to reach from Sheffield or Leeds, there are plenty of places to see, things to do and property is excellent value for money - all within a 2 hour train journey from London.

If you have any questions regarding these opportunities and or would like a conversation about these new roles please email [email protected]

These posts involve working with children and therefore if successful you will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records check at an enhanced level. Further information about the Disclosure Scheme can be found at

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

From 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2022 employees paid at Band D and above are subject to a temporary pay reduction of 1.15% spread out by means of a weekly / monthly deduction (dependent on pay frequency) from each pay period over the full financial year. In recognition of implementing this temporary measure, those who experience a pay reduction will be awarded of three additional day’s leave (pro rata for part-time).

Confirmation of these appointments is also subject to a medical assessment.