About Aberlour Sycamore Children’s Houses
Aberlour Sycamore Services’ vision is to provide warm, loving homes for children where everyone learns, laughs, grows
into their future and is treasured always. At any one time, the residential houses within Sycamore require
additional support to help to maintain stability and balance within the teams. This can be due to short or long
term sick leave, adults on annual leave or maybe to provide additional capacity when a house is under pressure,
e.g. when welcoming a new child or young person to come and live with us or we are looking to free up adults to
focus on a particular area of work. This role is intended to help provide this additional
What we are looking for....
We are looking for an individual who can integrate seamlessly into our existing team, working alongside it and relief
adults to support excellent service delivery. We are looking for a Residential Worker to work part time (30
hours per week). You will have a knowledge and understanding of the importance of attachment, trauma and how
this can impact on an individual’s development. At times our children express their distress through their
behaviour and the role can be emotionally and physically challenging; we are therefore looking for someone who
is resilient, understands that behaviour is a means of communication and is trauma responsive.
You will be skilled in building therapeutic relationships with the children, young people and young adults to enable
them to feel safe, loved and cared for.
You must have the ability to quickly build your relationships with the adults within the house. The nature of the
role is such that you could be working to cover a shift or longer periods as required, including days and
wakened nightshifts and you may also be supporting young people to attend school or participate in other
learning programmes. You must therefore be able to quickly adapt to the working environment within each
You will be comfortable with working within Aberlour’s culture embracing respect, integrity, innovation and the
ability to challenge. Demonstration of these qualities will be particularly important in this role given that
you will be dipping in and out of the different teams. You must be able to be an exceptional role model for
other staff and the young person.
Undertaking the role of Residential Worker will afford you the opportunity to develop and build on a range of
transferrable skills which are valued in a range of employment: you will be able to demonstrate excellent
flexibility and adaptability with exceptional interpersonal skills, ability to work with different teams and
different children, young people and young adults living within our Sycamore Houses.
At Aberlour we want to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to
reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. At Aberlour we have strong
values - Respect, Integrity, Innovation and Challenging - which influence our everyday work. If you choose to
apply for this role please tell us about your values in your supporting statement.
For an informal discussion please phone Kerry Watson, House Manager on 07753310967
What we offer...
As well as a supportive team and excellent training opportunities, we want all our employees to feel valued and
rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous
annual leave, an excellent employer pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts across various
Aberlour is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our service users and uses a thorough and rigorous
recruitment and selection process including PVG Scheme checks to ensure this commitment is not compromised.