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Reception Centre Worker - The Limes Reception Centre

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Role Responsibility

We can offer you a competitive salary starting at £26,515, staff benefits package and excellent career development in an expanding service for UAS children. No two days are the same.

Kent County Council’s Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking (UAS) Children’s Service provides accommodation and support to newly arrived unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in Kent. The Service leads on social work practice with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in Kent, which Ofsted recognises as Outstanding. The Service is developing as a centre of excellence for social work practice nationally and we are seeking passionate individuals to join our service.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Service’s Reception Centre team. The Reception and Safe Care Services are Kent County Council owned, Ofsted regulated, children’s homes and supported accommodation, collectively termed Reception Centres. The Reception Centres, and the services they provide to children, are run by a diverse team of managers and workers, who are all committed to ensuring children are protected and supported to take the first steps in their journey to a more permanent home elsewhere in the UK.

We are seeing Reception Centre Workers who have experience of working with children and who thrive on direct work and providing support in a residential setting.  Successful candidates needs to have strong communication skills, are innovative and passionate about their work.  This is an exciting opportunity to help shape and influence the resettlement of children in the UK who have suffered trauma and change.  This role involves managing routines, setting goals for young people, timekeeping and facilitating a learning culture in the centre.  This role is important for UAS children during their early stages in the UK.

If you are enthusiastic about with working with adolescents, understand the UAS children’s journey and want to help achieve the best outcomes for them – please apply.

This post will be required to work across a rolling shift pattern, with weekly alternating shifts, and regular cover over weekends.

Our Offer

  • Full induction
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Basic salary of between £26,515 and £28,850
  • Annual leave allowance of 27 days (29 days after 5 years’ service)
  • Relocation packages up to £8,000
  • Excellent local government pension scheme
  • Opportunities to develop in your career
  • The opportunity to develop knowledge in niche areas of social work and expand your knowledge and skills of working with children seeking asylum

This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification.

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure application to the Disclosure and Barring service.

This role is subject to holding a Full UK Driving Licence – The Council is committed to making reasonable adjustments so whilst this job requires the jobholder to drive your application will still be considered if you are unable to drive due to a disability.

Contact Details

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KCC is committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the county’s working residents, encouraging applications from people of all ages, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds, faiths and those with caring responsibilities, and aspires to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can be themselves at work.


Please note – if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible as the closing date for this advert may be earlier than stated should a number of suitably qualified candidates apply.

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