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Senior Support Worker (Based at The Russet Children's Home)




Farleigh FE College Frome, North Parade, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2AB

Priory Group Division

Education & Children's Services

Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£18,804.49 per annum


An average of 45 hours per week, term time only

Job Advert Role Description

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Senior Support Worker who has experience of working with young people with challenging, complex and diverse needs, as well as knowledge of autistic spectrum disorders and Asperger’s syndrome.  This role will be based at one of our children's homes in Shepton Mallet.

As a Senior Support Worker you will:

  • Be a key member of our team, providing high standards of person-centred care
  • Through a creative and caring approach, you will build good relationships with both young people and their families
  • Provide personal care and participate in activities
  • Help to manage the wellbeing and behaviour of our young people including sensitive pastoral situations, dealing with immediate issues on shift and within own team ensuring outcomes are appropriately followed up and reported
  • Acting as a positive role model, provide effective supervision and guidance for the team contributing to their performance and professional development
  • Support staff to maintain effective professional relationships with young people, parents, colleagues, outside agencies and other professionals referring any issues to senior staff as appropriate
  • Inputs into development of local procedures and supervises staff to ensure all actions comply with policy and procedure and are in line with regulatory, statutory and compliance requirements and meet quality standards.

A clean driving licence with at least 3 years driving experience is essential.  It is an expectation of the role that all Support Workers will either work towards or already hold the level 3 Diploma for Children and Young Peoples Workforce.

We are happy to consider flexible shift patterns, including days, early/late shifts, and weekends - this can be discussed in more detail at interview.

About Us

The Russet is a children's home in Shepton Mallet for young people aged 16 and over, who access education at Farleigh FE College in Frome.

Farleigh Further Education College Frome is an independent specialist residential college for young people aged 16 to 25 with autistic spectrum disorders, Asperger's syndrome and associated complex needs including behavioural difficulties.

Each of the college's eight residential houses has its own identity, working ethos and dedicated team of staff. This provides learners with the opportunity to experience independent living in a range of different settings.

We aim to provide every young person with an individually tailored programme of education, care, work experience, leisure and life skills and training within the community, to enable them to live as independently as possible.

Our dedicated team of staff create a safe, secure and independent living environment where our young people have a sense of belonging within their group and a sense of ownership of their home. Our approach enables young people to develop the confidence and skills they need to progress towards adulthood, including further or higher education and sustainable independent living in the community.

What's in it for you?

For amazing work, we give amazing rewards:

  • £1,000 monthly lotto
  • 100’s of online discounts and cash back deals
  • Cash for colleagues - Earn money for friends you recommend
  • Priory Group pension.

We look after your career too, with our career pathways you, like many of our staff, can go from support worker up to CEO level with guidance and learning supplied by us!

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 may be requested prior to interview for 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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