Waking Night Support Worker

Our client is recruiting for a Waking Night Support Worker to join their residential children’s home in Leiston, near the beautiful Suffolk Coast.

Posted: 31 May 2024


  • £12.36 - £12.87 per hour


  • Leiston

Job Type:

  • Permanent
  • Full-time

You will be providing a nurturing and supportive environment for children aged 9-17 with social, emotional, mental health, and behavioural difficulties. The home accommodates up to 4 children, offering personalised care and fostering their development and well-being.


Role Overview: As a Waking Night Support Worker, you will play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and well-being of the children during night hours. Your responsibilities include monitoring the children, managing any incidents that arise, and providing a calming and secure presence throughout the night. You will work a 4 on 4 off rota ensuring a consistent and reliable presence in the home.


Hours: 4 on 4 off rolling rota, 22:30 – 08:30. 40 hours a week

Pay Rate: £12.36 – £12.87 per hour (depending on experience)


Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the safety and security of the children throughout the night
  • Conduct regular checks on each child and record observations accurately
  • Provide emotional support to children who may be distressed or wake up during the night
  • Ensuring the care given to the young people in maintaining the boundaries and structures in place and adhering to the organisation’s expectations
  • Maintain a calm and safe environment in the home
  • Complete necessary administrative tasks and maintain accurate records
  • Communicate effectively with daytime staff to ensure continuity of care
  • Participate in team meetings and training sessions as required
  • To effectively lead the night shift, managing any incidents which occur with support from the on call manager



  • Education: Level 3 or Level 4 qualification in working with children and young people, or willingness to work towards this
  • Experience: Experience in a residential childcare setting is preferred
  • Skills: Strong observational, communication, and problem-solving skills
  • Commitment: Ability to work flexible hours, including night shifts on a rolling rota
  • Driving Licence: Preferred but not essential



  • Competitive pay rate based on experience
  • Professional development opportunities, including support to achieve further qualifications
  • Supportive and collaborative working environment
  • Structured working pattern with regular time off


If you are interested in making a difference to young people’s lives, please apply for this position.

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