Residential Care Officer Level 2

At Lincolnshire County Council, we believe every child has the right to outstanding care. It’s why we work hard to ensure our mainstream homes provide children and young people with a safe, nurturing environment where they can feel positive about their future.

We’re looking for a creative, curious individual to join our Residential Care team as a Level 2 Residential Care Officer. You’ll be passionate about care and deeply committed to helping children across the county to achieve positive outcomes.

Director Area
Children's Services
Job Location(s)
Service Area
G7: 25,295 - 27,905
Job Category
Social Care: Children
Contract Type
Appointment Type
Hours per week
Relocation Expenses
Politically Restricted Post
Closing Date
Job Reference

We’ve been recognised by Ofsted for going above and beyond to provide the best levels of care, but we know there’s always more that we can achieve. Join us at the forefront of innovation and help us lead the way.

The home is in Sleaford, it is a long term Children's Home which provides care for children and young people between the ages of 8 and 18. As an RCO 2 In the absence of a senior member of staff you would be able to assume responsibility for the home. You would also be responsible for the supervision and appraisal of junior staff.

You will be passionate about creating an environment that involves relationship building and creating routines and boundaries that promote a safe and nurturing environment for the young people and would be working with the young people who have experienced challenging and traumatic life events. You will have the ability to organise activities for the children both within the home and the wider community by completing risk assessments.

It is important that candidates are flexible in their thinking, are keen to learn and have an ability to reflect upon theirs and others practice in order to improve and enhance outcomes for self, young people and the service.

You will need to be enthusiastic, reliable and flexible. Be prepared to work unsociable hours on a shift pattern, weekends, Bank holidays and to undertake sleep ins.

As this is a senior position you will be required to hold the Level 3 Children and Young People's Workforce Diploma or equivalent and have, or be prepared to work towards, the level 5 management qualifications, these are minimum requirements. It is essential that you have experience in the caring profession, with a minimum of 2 years residential experience.

Our devoted carers live by our core values: kindness, nurture, care, respect, empathy and compassion. When you join us as a Residential Care Officer Level 2 , we’ll provide you with all the training you’ll need to do wonderful work and a robust development plan to help you achieve your goals – helping you to empower the children in your care to take leadership of their own lives.

If you’re dedicated, hard-working and passionate about achieving positive outcomes for children, we’ll invest in you. In fact, we want our workforce to reflect the communities we serve, that’s why we welcome and encourage applications irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, belief, sexual orientation, age or disability.

We require inspiring people to be part of our team of residential care officers who create a safe, stimulating environment for children and young people. If you think all of the above is you then apply today.

We are offering a competitive salary of £25,295 - £27,905, 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 this sounds' like the role for you, then please read through the full Job Description, to help you do the best application possible, before clicking apply!  If you would like to know more about Lincolnshire County Council and our current vacancies then click the following link: .  If you would like an open and informal discussion regards this role then please give Maria Cowan/Katie Sansom a call on 01529 300 413.

Applications Close on 08/03/2020 and interviews will be held 20/03/2020.


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 'Silver Medallist' 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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