Children’s Residential Support Worker

Are you looking for a new challenge?

Do you want to work for a company that has been voted third in the Sunday Times Not for Profit organisations to work for?

Fair Ways staff play a critical role in the success of the organisation. It is our people who innovate, develop, promote our identity and deliver our services. We all share a common goal to deliver excellent services in line with our Mission, Vision & Values.

We believe our success comes from the investment we make in our staff. We’re an award winning organisation and have been recognised for our commitment to learning & development. Fair Ways is all about putting people first. Our staff and service users make it the special place it is.

Choosing a career with us means joining an organisation that makes a difference. There is tremendous opportunity here for creative thinkers who want to lead the industry through innovation, nourish the community with quality, and be a part of something great.

Our opportunity:

Fair Ways home in Bournemouth has the capacity to place two young people between 7 and 14 and the focus will be to provide an enriching and positive environment and to ensure we prepare the children in our care to move onto safe and nurturing foster care placements which will be achieved through early intervention.

This home prides itself on having a very warm and accepting atmosphere, looking very much like a home rather than an institution. This home focuses holistically to meet the complex needs of the young people placed with great success.

Fair Ways is an expanding, dynamic charity that is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and education of children, young people and families and we expect ALL staff to share this commitment.

What will I be doing?

Working as a Residential Support Worker, you will report to an experienced management team whilst mentoring and educating children and young people who can display challenging behaviour. You could be involved in any or all of the following:

  • Supervising and interacting with the children and young people and managing complex behaviour;
  • Key working (positive role modelling and guiding);
  • Recording and reporting appropriately using the correct systems to escalate safeguarding concerns.
  • Planning the week ahead with the team, being a reflective practitioner ensuring a therapeutic community throughout the home and staff team alike.
  • Attending training and meetings, including interaction with the wider team.
  • Cleaning, cooking, maintaining the home
  • Being involved in lots of exciting adventures and activities such as camping, swimming, climbing, arts and crafts and much much more!

What skills do I need to have?

  • Experience in this field of work is desirable, but not essential, as full training will be provided.

Person Specification:

  • That you are passionate about working with children and keeping them safe,
  • That you have an understanding on some therapeutic approaches and can make a house feel like a home.
  • You should be methodical, reliable, proactive, possess good communication skills
  • That you are able to work as part of a team and have a positive attitude.
  • The role will require working to a shift pattern including some weekends, evenings and approx. 2 x sleep in’s per week. There is a shift uplift paid on top of the basic salary for evening, sleep in and weekend work and this will be detailed to you at interview.*
  • Part Time hours could be offered depending on candidate requirements and the needs of the business

*The ability to work these as required within the shift pattern is essential.


  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Health Care Scheme*
  • Additional Holiday Purchase Scheme*
  • Service based additional annual Leave accrual
  • Bespoke training department
  • Education Grant Scheme*
  • Free Parking
  • Free Fruit Tea and Coffee
  • Future Leaders Programme*
  • Staff Lottery*

*Subject to qualifying period

All candidates must have a full driving licence and have access to the use of a car. Successful candidates will be required to provide an enhanced Disclosure (DBS). This disclosure cost will be met by Fair Ways.

If you are interested in joining a forward-thinking and caring organisation, please download the job specification and Application Form today!