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Company Profile: The Medusa Project has a long-established reputation in providing specialised, high-quality residential care with therapeutic intervention for young women (gender inclusive) 16-21, who have challenging and complex needs, many of whom have experienced negative childhood experiences or trauma. Our project and fully trained staff team, create an environment where the individual needs of young people are met to enhance their development, health and wellbeing, with the aim of them gaining the skills to lead successful and productive lives. The Medusa Project is committed to the protection, welfare, growth and development of all young people placed in our care. This is a unique opportunity to get involved with an established project and team.

Residential Support Worker

We are seeking experienced Residential Support Workers with Mental Health experience to join our team.

It is essential that you have experience and knowledge in relational working with complex trauma, and you must have experience working as a mental health support worker with young people.

We work with young women (gender-inclusive) between the ages of 16-21 with autism and complex emotional needs, who can present with challenging behaviours such as self-harming and suicidal ideation.

You will be supporting young women who have varied mental health challenges with complex trauma, self-reflection and an awareness of the impact of secondary trauma are essential to this role.

We are looking to employ staff who are committed, compassionate, dedicated, and want to make a difference in the lives of the vulnerable young women in our care. The role can be challenging at times, but massively rewarding, as young women flourish.

Duties include developing independent living skills such as shopping, budgeting, washing clothes, cooking, attending professional appointments, leisure activities, etc.

You will need to be empathic and have the right values to work with these vulnerable young women. You will need to be resilient and adaptable to adjust your approach to meet the individual needs of young women.

Knowledge and understanding of safeguarding issues and the ability to address them appropriately.

You must have experience in engaging hard-to-reach individuals.

An understanding of key-working.

You will need to be computer literate and willing to use our in-house systems, completing daily logs, incidents, and weekly reports.

The ability and confidence to lone work at times.

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  • Competitive Salary £30,071.60 Full-time
  • Permanent Contracts
  • Pension Contribution
  • Sick Pay
  • 30 days Annual Leave
  • Full induction Training
  • Wellbeing Programme
  • External Individual and Group Clinical Supervision
  • DBT Supervision & Training
  • 1:1 Therapeutic Support
  • Reflective Practice

Key Requirements:

Female *

  • Minimum Level 3 Health and Social Care or equivalent qualifications to Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare
  • Children, young people and families Practitioner Level 4, if you do not have this qualification, we will support you to achieve this
  • Minimum 3 years experience of working with young people with varied mental health challenges
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience of working with young people who display self-harming behaviours
  • Be committed to safeguarding
  • Knowledge and understanding of the different forms of therapy
  • Knowledge and understanding of attachment and trauma
  • Knowledge and understanding of Autism and ADHD
  • Ability to sleep-in a minimum of twice (2) a week – (full-time) and once (1) a week (part-time)
  • Essential knowledge and ability to use computers confidently
  • MAPA or PMVA Training

Key Responsibilities:

  • You must have empathy and the ability to be emotionally open and engaging while holding firm boundaries.
  • You must be skilled and experienced in helping the young people to develop alternative ways of dealing with anger, self-harm and other behavioural issues
  • Ability to work with hard to reach young people
  • Ability to mentor and coach young people on personal care and to develop relevant life skills
  • Work as part of a team to ensure the safety and well-being of young people and staff
  • Carry out a range of administrative duties to ensure the smooth running of the project
  • Undertake housekeeping and cleaning duties in order to maintain a clean and safe environment

You can download the Job Description, Person Specification from the link below.

All applicants will be subject to satisfactory references and all employees are checked against the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).

* This role is for females only, due to setting and the nature of our work. This is a genuine occupational requirement, in accordance with section 7(2) of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and the Equality Act 2010.


How to apply

To apply for this post please send your CV along with a covering letter stating why you would like to apply for this post to recruitment@themedusaproject.org.

Please download the Job Description & Job Specification form