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Children's residential services

Residential Services for Disabled Children and Young People

The children of Cornwall deserve the best. We put their needs at the heart of everything we do, to make a real difference to their lives and make a brighter future. To help us achieve this we need people who share our passion and determination.

We have a residential short break home in Tresor, St Blazey which offers care and overnight breaks to disabled children and young people with complex needs.

We have two long term residential children's homes. Miller's Nook in Par and Poppins in Gwennap. These homes provide:

  • a welcoming, homely, safe and stable environment that meets the individual needs of the young people
  • opportunities to participate in a wide variety of experiences
  • individualized support and encouragement to achieve their potential

Our roles include:

  • Residential Care Workers
  • Waking Night Residential Care Workers
  • Senior Residential Care Workers

They all provide a crucial role in supporting vulnerable disabled children and young people in Cornwall. We encourage and enable staff to develop practice, skills and expertise. We offer continued development and career progression through a range of learning and training opportunities.

We have introduced a competency based framework for career progression. This goes from Residential Care Worker to progress to Senior Residential Care Worker. This is a portfolio route following completion of probation/12 months practice.

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We are currently recruiting. If you have any queries around applying, please email or call the Recruitment Team on 01872 323800.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about our services or any of the roles advertised, please contact Dermot McCann on 07751 748623.

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You can find out more about the types of roles in our service, together with our values via the drop down links below:


Residential services work with vulnerable children and young people who have acute and complex needs. We support families and professionals to help and protect disabled children and young people in Cornwall.

Our services provide disabled children and young people with quality care and support. All Cornwall’s Children’s Homes are Ofsted registered and are currently judged Good.

Residential Care Worker (RCW)

RCW’s are responsible for providing day-to-day supervision, support and care of the young people. The RCW works a range of early, late and weekend shifts at times. Some flexibility to work across the service in other settings is sometimes needed.

This role provides care and support to assist children and young people with:

  • daily living skills
  • personal care
  • developing social skills

RCW will be a shift lead and required to plan each shift and delegate tasks. Direction and support come from the services management team.

RSWs take an active role as a key worker and take direction from the shift lead and management team for the home. They liaise with families and wider professionals as required, maintaining good case records.

Senior Residential Care Worker (RCW)

The Senior Residential Care Worker delivers services to those accessing short break and/or residential services. Senior RCW’s are responsible for providing day-to-day supervision, support and care in line with their assessed needs.

This role requires working a range of early, late and weekend shifts at times. Some flexibility to work across the service in other settings is sometimes required.

A key aspect of this role is to develop and improve practice and quality standards and to contribute to the management of the services. Senior RCWs lead by example. The role includes providing supervision/mentoring to residential care workers and other staff.

We work to a statement of mission and values that was co-produced by managers and practitioners:

''Our mission is to protect the most vulnerable children and young people living in Cornwall from significant harm. To support the educational inclusion of those children and to close the gap in outcomes between them and their peers''.

Our first consideration will be the lived experience of the child. We take into account their wishes and feelings. We involve them in decisions about their lives, promoting their rights to family life and to education.

We will work together with the child and others to understand the reasons for their behaviour, so that we can support positive change. We will stick with them and we will not give up.

We will act with integrity, honesty, empathy and respect. Showing fairness and courage in everything we do.

We will work with birth families, the child's wider network of family and friends, communities and other services. We will listen to their views, building their trust and confidence. We will make every effort to understand and meet their needs.

We will use discretion, professional judgement and common sense to guide us. We will be accountable for our decisions and actions. We will respond to well-founded criticism with a willingness to learn and to change.

We will not be distracted from our mission through fear of being criticised. In identifying and managing risks to children we will seek to reduce the risk of significant harm and achieve better outcomes.

We will be professional, calm and focused in undertaking our duties at all times and in all circumstances we face.

Our commitment is to deliver a service that we and those we serve can be proud of. One which promotes positive outcomes for vulnerable children and which reduces the risk of harm.

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