Support Worker
  • Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Reference: CBED/23/226457/11458
  • Published: Tue 24/01/2023, 17:28 PM
  • Closing on: Tue 28/02/2023, 17:28 PM
  • Working Pattern: Evenings, Flexible Hours, Full Time, Nights, Part Time, Weekends
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £27,842 - £29,586
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Kingfishers, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire

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Support Worker

Team: Children with Disabilities

Job Family: CBG8 +2 - Supporting

Location: Houghton Regis
Salary:: £27,842- £29,586  per annum pro rata
Hours: Full Time / Part Time / Relief available

Contract Type: Permanent  
Closing Date: Rolling advert

Interview Date: Interview dates will be confirmed upon application


About us:

Central Bedfordshire is an ambitious authority, determined to be an exemplary one. Our strategic location and high quality of life mean we are one of the fastest growing areas in the country.


As a council we face the same challenges every business does - investing in the right places and delivering great results. Except for us, it’s all about our 289,000 residents. We’re totally focussed on helping to improve their lives and making Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work.


This is a great time to join us on our journey.


About the role:

In Children’s Services we want every child to have the chance to reach their full potential. By promoting independence, we help support them to make their own choices and become part of the community. Our Short Break Service plays a big part in this; offering overnight short breaks and community sessions which provide social opportunities to children with disabilities. As a Support Officer, you’ll help support these children/young people to expand their knowledge and skills. By helping every child find their greatness, you can find yours too.


Our team at Kingfishers are passionate about providing children within our care a 'home from home' environment which is safe, stimulating and welcoming. We are situated in Houghton Regis, with easy access to the M1, less than 10 minutes from junction 11a. There are also numerous bus routes which service the local area and are just a short walk away.


As a Support Officer you will help ensure the physical, emotional and identified personal care needs of children and young people are met through the provision of a supportive and caring environment either within a residential home or in the community. You will also work with young people and others to assess needs and to work jointly in the preparation, implementation and delivery of Care Plans, maintaining the development of positive child care practice, in keeping with the aims and objectives of the service.


You will help with personal care, individual development, meals, medication, education and all other day to day activities, as well as make sure that the home is clean, tidy, warm and inviting; fulfilling the needs of children, young people and families regardless of disability, racial/cultural origin or gender. You will take on responsibility for key working and attend all relevant meetings for your key young people, from ‘Child In Need’ to ‘School Reviews’. You will be responsible for keeping Care Plans and Risk Assessments up to date and regularly reviewed for each child / young person you key work. You’ll also work closely with other agencies (such as Health and Education) as well as children’s families.

This is an excellent opportunity to make a real difference to someone's life whilst developing your career in a business that can offer support, training and progression.


Who are we looking for?

We are looking to speak to enthusiastic reliable and flexible people with excellent communications skills and a passion for caring for young people with disabilities. Diploma Level 3 in Residential Childcare would be great, but we would love to hear from you if you have a genuine interest in the role and are willing to work towards the qualification.


We provide ongoing training opportunities for our team members to ensure that the successful candidate feels confident and competent to work with our young people.

Our homes offer care 24/7 so you will need to work on a shift basis, including, days, nights, sleep-ins, evenings and weekends.


To join us, you must have experience in working with children/young people with disabilities in a relevant setting.  You’ll have an understanding of children and young people with disabilities, and how to meet their needs and provide them with great opportunities. With experience in a caring role, you’ll be a positive, practical person. You will be adaptable, flexible and people-focused, with the ability to build professional relationships. You will need to be IT literate, able to write reports and use your initiative and think on your feet.  


Desirable Criteria

·         Diploma Level 3 in Residential Child Care (England) qualified or working towards ( Not Essential )

·         Good communication and listening skills

·         Demonstrates a caring nature

·         Excellent organisational skills

·         Recognises cultural diversity

·         Good team player

·         Track record of showing initiative and sharing ideas

·         Experienced in being positive and consistent

·         Accurate record keeper

·         Sound knowledge of disability

·         Takes accountability for own training and continual professional development

·         Ability to work within a 24/7 operation and work flexibly .

Bring your skills to our team and you’ll enjoy an attractive benefits package, plus the support to achieve a relevant Level 3 qualification. You’ll also get the chance to find your greatness by giving children a brighter future. 


What we can offer you: 

As well as joining a friendly, dedicated, and hardworking team you will have access to numerous benefits, including: 

  • A comprehensive IT package to support you to work safely and effectively 

  • Generous family friendly policies and practices 

  • A welcoming and inclusive environment that empowers differences 

  • Friendly and supportive staff networks  

  • Annual leave allowance 24 days + statutory holidays rising to 31 days with length of service. 

  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). This is a valuable part of our rewards package for employees and includes Life Assurance. You can find out more on the Bedfordshire Pension Fund website

  • An exceptional Employee Assistance Programme which helps support employees with workplace changes as well as other work, family and personal issues 

  • A huge variety of courses and role-specific training and learning to help you succeed and develop 

  • Access to discounts on top UK retailers and local retailers 


Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’. 


Sustainability matters to us. We aim to lead by example in tackling climate change. Read more about the action we’re taking on our website: Climate change – tackling it and our strategy 


Our aspiration is to be a truly flexible employer.  We welcome discussion on location, hours and working pattern as part of the application process. 


You will be expected to demonstrate how you meet the key accountabilities and competencies detailed within this Support Officer Recruitment Pack  


For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Rebecca Perry at or call 0300 300 5560 


For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The Recruitment Team at  





Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records.   


Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to improving the diversity of our workforce to better reflect the communities we serve.  Therefore we welcome applications from everyone. In addition we are a  Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community. 


To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline. 


If you require assistance to apply for our roles, help with writing your CV, interview techniques or careers advice please contact our team of careers advisors at Our service is confidential, impartial and free for all. 



How to Apply

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Please note, we do not accept CV’s submitted without a fully completed online application form.

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