Job Description

LOCATION:Lochwinnoch, PA12 4JD
SALARY:Starting salary £24,796.00 (Pt 23) and will move up through annual increments to a max of £34,882.00 (Pt 35) per annum. Please note salary is dependent on qualifications and experience.
HOURS:37 hours per week


Pension, holidays (up to 40 days per year) and employee benefits including cash4health, employee assistance programme, free parking, free meals, gym membership plus access to onsite physio.

Job Purpose:

To provide holistic therapeutic support to children aged 5-11 years within Kibble’s Primary Education services. You will be working with an established team of Education managers teachers, classroom support workers and therapists to help primary school children grow, develop, and feel nurtured within a thriving learning environment. You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team with young children who are experiencing social and emotional challenges or have had difficulty accessing learning and/or have complex emotional and behavioural needs.

Aim of Post:

Your role will be to create and provide a therapeutic programme for children at the school who need a range of varied learning approaches to meet their complex needs.  This is an ideal post for an experienced worker/ therapist who has the knowledge and understanding of how neurodevelopmental needs, trauma, and attachment difficulties impacts upon a child’s access to learning and their social experience at school, home and within the community. You will also be expected to offer effective support to parents/carers and children relating to their mental health and emotional wellbeing needs.

As well as working with the children within the school setting, your role will also involve making regular family visits, providing outreach support, organising, and implementing activities out with the school day and within the community, teaching children how to facilitate positive peer relationships, managing and supporting the children’s emotional needs through playful approaches and activities.  Knowledge of DDP approaches, skills in play and the PACE model is desirable. You should have expertise in helping children keep safe, excellent communication skills and be able to work in collaboration with colleagues internally and externally.

Main Duties:

  • To develop and coordinate a wellbeing timetable facilitated on site using trauma informed approaches through activity-based learning.
  • To introduce trauma informed activities that promote relationships and family bonds.
  • To develop and promote outdoor learning experiences in groups, individually and with families as part of the school curriculum.
  • To support children and their families through outreach work within and out with school hours, at weekends and during school holidays.

What qualification and experience are we looking for?

•                    HNC in Social Care, SVQ Level 3 in Care or equivalent or the ability to undertake the HNC and SVQ Level 3 Social Care.

•                    Experience of working with young people or providing care/support to vulnerable people is essential.

•                    Experience of working within the social care sector is desirable.

•                    Experience of working within residential childcare is desirable.

•                    Be willing to work in any service across the Kibble Group including the Safe Centre or Community Based Services.

•                    Residential Child Care is regulated work and if successful you will be required to register with the SSSC, who are the workforce regulator, within their applied timeframes. Preference will be given to those candidates who are already eligible for unconditional registration.

•                    Possess a full driving licence and be willing and able to drive school transport.

Safe Crisis Training (SCM)

Successful candidates will require a level of fitness to be able to carry out SCM. Please see note section below (5) for further information.


1.  This job outline reflects the main tasks and responsibilities discharged by the post holder at the present time, however, Kibble reserves the right to alter or amend the content of this job outline to reflect changes to the job or services provided, while maintaining the overall character and level of responsibility for the post.

2.  Notwithstanding any information or statement described within this job outline, all duties must be carried out in a way that promotes equality of opportunity, dignity and respect for all individuals and which is consistent with Kibble’s stated policy on equal opportunities.

3.  The successful candidate will be subject to PVG Scheme Membership. Having previous convictions will not automatically disbar you from working at Kibble (with the exception of offences against children or other vulnerable groups) and every case is taken on an individual basis.

4.  The successful candidate will be required to undertake Safe Crisis Management (SCM) training and will require a level of fitness to be able to carry out SCM. The successful candidate must be able to participate fully in this training and be prepared to put this training into practice.

The SCM training will consist of two days theory and two days physical training. The successful candidate must complete this training in full within four weeks of an agreed start date. Should the candidate for any reason fail any aspect of the SCM training (theory, physical or both parts), an additional two weeks will be given to pass.

5.  Appointments will be subject to a twelve-month probationary period.