Job Description

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of Hampshire’s children in care as part of a new service?

We are looking for Urgent Care Practitioners to join our new and exciting residential Urgent Care Service in our home. We passionately believe in ensuring that our practitioners have the skills and knowledge to be able to authoritatively parent our children in care. Through working within our model of care, ‘Pillars of Parenting’, we focus on each child’s individual strengths to support them to develop and achieve positive outcomes.

You will care for complex and vulnerable children aged between 10 and 17 years through a 12-week placement to provide them with stability and to assess where they would be best placed in the long-term. You will have a child-centred approach and an ability to build warm, positive, and strong relationships with our children. You will be a positive role model supporting children’s goals and their development and will work within a multi-agency setting to provide wrap-around, stabilising care for our children.

This is an incredibly exciting and rewarding opportunity. You will be joining at a time where there is significant financial investment in this service, which is part of our Modernising Placements Programme. The programme aim is to develop a continuum of care which can provide the right accommodation and support at the right time for our looked after children in Hampshire. You will have the opportunity to work alongside a wealth of professionals working together, to ensure this objective is met.

Please visit the Modernising Placements Programme web page to read more about the scope of the programme.

This role involves shift work, which could be early, late or weekends (including sleep-ins, evening/weekends, Bank Holidays, and occasional waking nights).

What we offer:
In return, Hampshire County Council will offer you an excellent benefits package including:
  • Access to paid in-house training.
  • Access to a sought after Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • Between 24 – 27 days annual leave entitlement (dependant on Local Authority service).
  • Employee Support Services.
  • Access to free and confidential Employee Support for you and your immediate family (including 24/7 counselling and advice).
  • Family friendly policies.
  • Salary and career progression.
Role Responsibilities:
  • Working as part of a multi-agency service to provide wrap-around care for children in a short-term placement setting.
  • Developing individual care plans and placement plans in conjunction with colleagues.
  • Contributing to assessments of children to inform where they would be best placed in the long-term.
  • Forming positive and supportive relationships with children, their families, and other professionals.
  • Working collaboratively as part of a multi-agency team around the child, assessing risks to each child and putting arrangements in place to protect them.
  • Responding to and actioning any health needs of the children.
  • Actively supporting and encouraging children to progress towards their full potential.
  • Using appropriate IT and reporting systems to store information and keep accurate records.
  • Carefully managing personal health and safety and contributing to the safe functioning of the home.
  • Reporting and responding to any child protection concern in line with departmental procedures.
  • Following individual behaviour management plans including physical handling strategies such as Team Teach.
  • Engaging with activities which support continuous professional development.
  • Maintaining an awareness of and complying with corporate and departmental policies and procedures. Ensuring any concern is addressed with management team.
Role Requirements:
  • Ability to form warm and encouraging relationships with children to support their development and positive experiences.
  • Physical ability to participate in all aspects of Team Teach.
  • Ability to demonstrate emotional literacy in relation to self and others.
QCF Level 3 in Residential Child Care or equivalent. If you do not currently hold this qualification, you will be offered the opportunity to undertake an apprenticeship within 2 years. Our dedicated management team will support you in achieving your professional development goals.
  • Awareness of the development needs of children in residential care.
  • Knowledge of how to safeguard and support children in residential care who have experienced trauma, harm, or abuse.
Working Conditions:
  • Personal Care and food handling.
  • Verbal abuse and/or aggression.
  • Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Rotating shifts (including sleep-ins, evenings, weekends, and Bank Holidays).
  • Human Blood or Human Bodily Fluid e.g. First Aid and chemical hazards.
  • You will be required to obtain professional qualifications (funded by Hampshire County Council) in Children’s Residential Care within 2 years (statutory requirement for the post).
Vetting Requirements:
This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check.

Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) applies.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

For more information and to apply please visit:

Urgent Care Practitioner – Children’s Residential Home HCC55092 (