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Night Care Assistant

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Peak Lodge - High Peak
Salary details
Grade 5 £10.98 - £11.18 per hour (plus enhancements where applicable)
Job term
No Guaranteed Hours
Appointment type
As and when required
Closing Date
02 April 2023
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Derbyshire provides consistent, good quality care through twelve children’s homes across the County. Our homes provide an environment where young people feel happy to live.

Under-pinned by Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy (PACE), trauma informed practice, social pedagogy and person-centred approach to inform practice, we work continuously to improve the quality of our Children’s homes, ensuring our young people have every opportunity to thrive and develop.

Peak Lodge has several amazing opportunities for a passionate individual to join our new night staff team.

Our home supports young people from the age of 8 - 18 years of age.  We are committed to the safeguarding of children and young people and everything we do is designed to promote the safety and well-being of the children and young people we work with as they grow.

We support those with Autism, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, Global developmental delay, challenging behaviours and learning disabilities.

Our approach is to provide creative child centred care for child and young people who are looked after.  We believe that every child/young person has the right to the highest quality of care and have a safe, supportive, trusting, and nurturing environment.  We facilitate the development and empowerment of each young person, so they grow into mature adults.

We are looking for a warm and friendly individual who has a passion for young people`s well-being and has a caring and patient nature.

Our Night Care Assistants are responsible for the routine care and safety needs of the children within the home during the night. They provide responsive care and support using a person-centred approach based on the individual needs of the children and their families.

As a Night Care Assistant, you will need to have an openness to and an aptitude for relationship focused and psychologically informed working practices. You must have the appropriate skills and experience to perform and work within an environment that can, at times, require using your own initiative along with an understanding of the children act, the quality care standards and Children’s Homes (England) regulations 2015.

You must hold, be working towards, or be willing to undertake and complete within 2 years of starting work at the home, the Level 3 Children and Young people’s Workforce Diploma and Social Care Pathway (England) 2015. OR you should hold an equivalent qualification such as The NVQ 3 caring for children & young people and be prepared to complete any additional work to meet the required level. More information on the role can be found within the Job and Person profile.

Night Care Assistant roles attract the following additional payments. This post is an overnight role, for the most part, and will include weekend and bank holiday working, as well as attendance at team meetings and reflective practice sessions. Night Care Assistants have the support of a Residential Childrens Worker who will sleep in, and wake, should the need arise.

Plain/enhanced hours

Basic hourly rate

Unsocial hours enhancement

Total hourly rate

Monday to Sunday 7am-7pm: plain time




Monday to Sunday 7pm-7am: plain time plus one third




Bank Holidays all hours: double time




For more information on our residential children’s service please visit https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/social-health/children-and-families/children-we-look-after/residential-care/young-people-who-need-residential-care.aspx

Working for Derbyshire

Derbyshire is also a great place to live and work. It's only a short drive to Derby, Nottingham, Sheffield, and Manchester but is also home to miles of beautiful countryside and has the Peak District National Park on its doorstep. The county enjoys house prices below the UK average and has great road and rail links. In addition to location, there are several perks to being a Derbyshire County Council employee:

  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • generous annual leave and flexi-time scheme
  • travel expenses
  • discount on leisure centre memberships
  • free car parking at most sites
  • an in-house counselling services
  • occupational health service
  • access to sessions with a trained physiotherapist
  • cycle to work scheme

Our evening, weekend and bank holiday shifts attract enhanced payments, therefore increasing the basic salary.  Saturday and Sunday hours will be paid at plain time where is it part of your normal working pattern, however between 7pm and 7am enhanced rates of pay apply.   Enhanced rates are also paid for working any bank holidays

The salary is Grade 5 £21,189 (starting scale) per annum (plus enhancements where applicable) based on a 37 hour week post.

The successful candidate must be a minimum of 21 years of age.

The Managers are available to discuss role and responsibilities of the advertised post. We would welcome any applicants to request an appointment to visit Peak Lodge.

Contact: Alison Jones Tel: 016295 33859 or 078278 81984

Due to this post having access to children and/or vulnerable adults, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. Click here to see our policy on criminal background checks.

The job may require unsocial hours working including weekends and Bank Holidays. Payment arrangements will be detailed in any contract offer made.

Saturday and Sunday hours will be paid at plain time where it is part of your normal working pattern unless it is between 7pm and 7am, where enhanced rates of pay apply. Enhanced pay rates are paid for Bank Holiday working.