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Support Worker (£500 joining bonus)




Children's Home, Weeley, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

Priory Group Division

Education & Children's Services

Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£17,264 per annum


40 hours per week

Job Advert Role Description

Inspire Others, Build your Career, and Get £500*

Because we want you to get off to the best start with us we are giving you an extra £250 to you when you first start with us, and then when you are settled in in 6 months’ time we will give you an extra £250 for your hard work.

Priory Education and Children’s Services is a leading company in the UK offering independent behavioural care for vulnerable young people across the UK.  Our ambitious and energetic colleagues help make our company what it is and we are looking for more people who have got what it takes.  The environments we work in can be challenging so the people that join us need to have a passion for the work we do and be strong role models for the young people we support.

Where you’ll be working

We are a 5 bed children's home based in Weeley, Clacton on Sea, we are open 365 days a year and offer 24/7 support to young people between the age of 11-18.  We are part of Priory’s existing portfolio of specialist provisions for young people with social, emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties.

Our Support Worker role offers a salary of £17,264 plus a sleep in rate of £35 per sleep in duty.  Driving is an essential part of this role and you will be expected to travel distances to support young people with their activities, family contact and training.  Successful candidates will hold a clean driving license for at least 3 years.


As a Support Worker, your duties will involve:

  • Contributing to the support, care, teaching, learning, social, independence activities and experiences, which enhance the learning and development of our young people
  • Supporting the well-being and behaviour of our young people ensuring any significant behavioural or physical occurrences are promptly addressed and reported, referring to a senior member of staff as appropriate
  • Assisting senior staff with the compilation of care and learning plans
  • Maintaining professional relationships whilst developing a good rapport with our young people, colleagues, visitors and other stakeholders
  • Contributing to the maintenance of safety, security and confidentiality standards
  • Supporting our young people in a manner that is centred and focused around their individual needs in a safe, secure and nurturing environment.


We are open 365 days a year and cover shifts around the clock.  We have a monthly rota in place so that staff are able to plan their needs around work commitments.  As a Support Worker, the following shifts are examples of what you could expect to work:-

08.00 - 23.00 plus a sleep in shift

08.00 - 15.00

14.30 - 23.00 plus a sleep in shift

(Sleep in shifts are staff sleeping in on shift at the home between 23.00-08.00) 


  • Enhanced disclosure cost coverage
  • A generous annual leave entitlement
  • Online benefits and cash back rewards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Dental Insurance
  • Travel Insurance
  • Health Cash Plan
  • SMART Pension option.

What’s next?

To apply, just click apply now. Our application form captures information to help keep children safe so thank you for taking the time to complete it.

If you have questions and want to find out more, call Alison Sherman on 01255 831289.

*Candidates that have been referred by a priory colleague or an agency will not be eligible for the joining bonus.

Division DBS info


For all roles we require a minimum of two references.  References provided must cover the last 3 years, for all of our services we will need to request all references from where you have worked with either Children or Vulnerable Adults. Please be advised that references will be requested prior to interview for all roles within our schools.

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.


Priory Education Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and disclosures with the relevant body at an enhanced level. We are an equal opportunities employer. Priory Education and Children's services will cover the cost of a DBS.

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