Job Description

Residential Worker (4611)

Ormiston, East Lothian
Circa £23,000 per annum
Hours – Full-Time, Permanent 37 hours per week

Giving children and young people the foundations they need to thrive.

The role

Working in partnership with the Local Authority, Action for Children’s residential service in Ormiston East Lothian provides outcome driven support for two young people.

We are looking for  Residential Workers who will support our Young People. You will use an evidence and theory-based approach of positive behaviour to support our young people and help them  thrive.   The service will provide each young person with the opportunity to flourish, learn and for them to be at the driver’s seat of their own decision making.  

You will make a difference by:

– Having a good understanding of the challenges faced by vulnerablecare experienced young people.

-Contributing to care plans and risk assessments.

-Having good communication skills and the ability to engage well with both young people, colleagues and other professionals.

-Being a creative thinker and having a solution focused approach.

-Using your skills, knowledge and experience to meet the needs of  young people.

You will need:

-Previous experience of working in a residential setting (desirable but not essential).

-SVQ Level 3 in children and young people or equivalent.

-To be able to effectively and safely support children and young people with disabilities and challenging behaviour.

-Good knowledge of IT and ability to work confidently using it.

-Good knowledge of Safeguarding, and keeping young people safe.

-SSSC registration or in the process of registering.


The way we work

We work to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. Have a look at our behaviours and values to understand more about the way we work here.


We want our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we’ll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, a comprehensive employer-matched pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts on our dedicated benefits portal. Find out more about our exclusive Action for Children benefits here.

For safe and happy childhoods

At Action for Children, we protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. Last year, we helped more than 387,000 children and families across the UK.

For more information, please contact  for any further questions about this role.

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.

Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons particularly people with Disabilities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.