Residential Support Workers – Wickham

Job Reference – 601

  • Hours: Full-Time (42) – Alternate week shift pattern (6 days on, in a 14 day period Wednesday to Wednesday. long days – including 1 or 2 sleep-ins p/week, time outs etc. Normal days start at 7:30 am until 10:30 pm, depending on the needs of the home.
  • Salary: c.£22,287.84 – £25,234.21 per annum
  • Closing date: 15th September 2019
  • Interview dates: TBC

Fair Ways is an expanding, dynamic charity that strongly believes in providing opportunities for people to meet their full potential. Fair Ways is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and families and we expect all staff to share this commitment. We have recently been awarded fourth best Not-for-Profit Organisations to work for in the Sunday Times Awards.

We are extremely excited to be opening our first 6-bedroomed residential children’s home situated in Wickham, Hampshire. This home will accommodate up to 6 children aged 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.

(If the hours don’t suit you, please don’t let this put you off – please apply for a Bank position where you can build your own rota!).

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this role, please contact the Manager, Kev on 07394560682.

Job Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be involved in;

  • Supervising and interacting with 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 and maintaining the home and being involved in lots of exciting adventures and activities such as camping, swimming, climbing, arts and crafts and much much more

Personal Skills

Experience in this field of work is desirable, but not essential, as full training will be provided. We are seeking individuals who are passionate about working with children and keeping them safe, have an understanding of some therapeutic approaches and can make a house feel like a home. You should be methodical, reliable, proactive, possess good communication skills, can work as part of a team and have a positive attitude.

In addition, during your first 6 months of employment, you will undergo core training including PACE (Playful/Accepting/Curious/Empathetic), CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection), Prevent, Behaviour Management, CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) and more. Once you have passed your probation period, you will be registered on a nationally recognised Childcare qualification which will provide you with the skills to work in Residential Homes throughout the country.

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.


Fair Ways places importance on valuing staff and recognising the key role staff play in the organisation that’s why we offer:

  • In-house Induction training prior to starting in your role
  • Health Cash Plan Scheme
  • Staff Discounts
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • A wide range of accredited courses from Level 2 Awards to Level 5 Diplomas in Health and Social Care, Children and Young People, Counselling, Health Care, and Assessing
  • Offer access to Legal, Financial and Personal Advice
  • An active Employee Committee
  • Auto-enrolment into Pension Scheme

Next Step

Interested in the vacancy? We encourage a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all communities.

Download the Application Form here or please phone Head Office (02380 230400) and ask for the Recruitment team or email