Residential Care Officer Level 1 - Lincolnshire Secure Unit

Lincolnshire County Council is looking for experienced & creative individuals to join our Residential Care team as a Residential Care Officer Level 1 at Lincolnshire Secure Unit.  This twelve-bedded Local Authority Secure Children’s Home gives the highest level of care and education for young people who are placed here via the courts for Youth Justice or Welfare reasons.

We're looking for people who are passionate about care, want to be part of better and are deeply committed to helping young people.

Director Area
Children's Services
Job Category
Social Care: Children
Service Area
Regulated (Fostering)
Job Location(s)
G5: 20,903 - 23,541
Relocation Expenses
Politically Restricted Post
Contract Type
Appointment Type
Hours per week
Closing Date
Job Reference

Working as a Residential Care Officer you will join an established and experienced care team in the mentoring of children and young people who can display sometimes extreme challenging behaviour. Our Care officers are expected to create a safe environment for the young people.

The role is to encourage and enable children to achieve their maximum potential whilst respecting the rights of the child and enable them to assume responsibility for their actions commensurate with their age, ability and aptitude.

You will have the ability to engage with children and young people to enable them to develop new skills, improve their social skills and life choices, whilst modelling constructive social behaviour and setting boundaries. We’d also like to see where you’ve been able to provide care and control to young people who can display aggressive and challenging behaviour.

This role is offered on a full time/permanent basis where you will work a shift pattern. This involves working through the week and weekends (including sleep-ins) and bank holidays. Relief working will also be considered.

Essential requirements;

  • Enthusiasm; we enjoy what we do we want you to as well.
  • Resilience; we are sometimes faced with challenging situations and you will need to bounce back quickly.
  • Innovation; we offer activities can you think of any new ones?
  • Flexibility; sometimes shifts are changed to accommodate the needs of the home. We react and adapt to change on a daily basis.
  • Team ethics; we are a team and succeed together through supporting one another.  

We are a friendly team who are passionate about our role and dedicated to the young people we work with.  We would like to invite you to join our growing team in a role that provides variety and challenge, where no two days are the same.  We will help you learn new skills, encourage your development and work with your to reach your potential…all within a friendly and welcoming environment.

The authority is one of the largest county councils in the UK and we are ambitious for both the Children & Young people and the staff who work here. We care about our staff, It's important to us that you have an excellent work/life balance and the opportunity to further develop your knowledge and skills in a supportive Local Authority setting. 

We are offering a competitive salary of £20,903 - £23,541, along with a pension, a comprehensive benefits package including excellent discount schemes, cycle to work, civil service sports council membership and many areas for professional support and development.

If all this sounds like the role for you, then please click apply, but read through the full Job Description first, to help you do the best application possible.  If you would like an open and informal discussion regards this role then please contact Jenny Marshall or Stella Parker on 01529 414300

Best of luck with your application!



Please be advised that this position may be subject to a criminal record check


All candidates are advised to read the attached job information pack prior to making an application.

On occasion we receive significantly more applications than expected for some vacancies and under such circumstances we reserve the right to bring forward the closing date of the advertisement. We therefore strongly advise you to apply for the role promptly to avoid disappointment should the closing date be brought forward. 

We operate a talent pool scheme whereby candidates who are not successful on this occasion may be considered for a period of up to 3 months for similar positions.

Lincolnshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We want our workforce to reflect the make-up of the community we serve. Therefore we welcome all applications irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, belief, sexual orientation, age or disability. We consider ourselves to be a family friendly employer, and offer flexible working patterns.

In accordance with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 (Fluency Duty), the ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.

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