Children’s Residential Careworker

Known internally as Therapeutic Childcare Practitioner

All applicants must submit their CV when applying for the role of Children’s Residential Careworker.

Job Title: Children’s Residential Care Worker  

Location: Standlake, Oxford  

Salary: £28,469-£34,861 (depending on experience) plus sleeping-in allowance paying, on average, £6,000 per annum 

Job type: Permanent, full time.  


About the role  

 We’re looking for Children’s Residential Care Workers to join our ever-growing team here at The Mulberry Bush. In this role, you’ll be a role model and mentor, and play a key part in the support system for children who have experienced significant trauma. You’ll play a vital role in helping them build healthy relationships and discover the benefits of education. It’s tough, it’s challenging but it’s incredibly rewarding. 

We’ll look to you to: 

 Plan and provide child-centred cultural, physical, play and recreational activities 

  • Think creatively about – and contribute to – effective care planning 
  • Provide appropriate therapeutic relationships with the children 
  • Develop your understanding of therapeutic childcare practice 
  • Monitor the care and treatment of your assigned children within the household 
  • We require sleep-ins once a week and rotated sleep-ins on weekends 

 Working 40-hour week with two shift patterns either Tuesday to Saturday or Sunday to Thursday. 

 We’ll care for you too 

 You’re not just part of a team, you’re part of our family. Support echoes through every part of our community, and your colleagues are always here to lend a hand or share a smile. We also offer the following benefits to make your journey with us even more rewarding: 

  • Sleep-in allowances which means you could earn up to £6k more annually.  
  • Paid overtime (based on operational requirements) 
  • A salary above sector average  
  • 50 days’ holiday each year 
  • A comprehensive range of informal and formal wellbeing support 
  • Employer contribution pension of 6% 
  • Enhanced parental leave benefits  
  • Subsidised meals. 

What’s more, we’re deeply invested in your professional growth and development. As part of your role, you’ll have the opportunity to complete a fully accredited and funded Foundation Degree (FdA) in Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People, run by The Mulberry Bush and validated by the University of the West of England.   

About you  

We’re looking for someone who embodies resilience, empathy, and a deep commitment to making a positive impact. Someone who can believe in the untapped potential of these children when others have given up. Drawing on your life experiences, you can provide valuable guidance and support to help them thrive. You’ll also need: 

  • Desire to undertake further education / training  
  • Training or qualifications that demonstrate a clear ability to communicate effectively and think critically 
  • A valid and full UK driving licence 
  • The legal right to live and work in the UK 

About the Mulberry Bush 

At Mulberry Bush, we believe that with support and opportunities, children can overcome challenges and shape their future. We see their untold stories, possibilities, dreams, and untapped potential – and we believe in their ability to rewrite their destiny.  

The Mulberry Bush is a therapeutic community, registered as a children’s home and a non-maintained residential special school. We are dedicated to transforming the lives of those affected by childhood trauma. Since 1948, we’ve been helping children and those around them through specialist therapeutic services. Over the years we have established an outstanding reputation for transforming the lives of all those affected by childhood trauma. We believe we offer something special – and we’d love you to be part of it. 

Apply now 

If you believe that you have the experience and expertise required to succeed in this role or would like to attend one of our visit days, please email a copy of your CV to [email protected]. In the subject line of your email please state the job platform you are applying from.  
All applicants shortlisted for interview must be willing to attend a visit day and complete an application form (for regulatory purposes).  

If you have any question about the role or the work we do, please email the HR team at [email protected] 

The Mulberry Bush School is an equal opportunities employer and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be able to provide evidence of having the right to live and work in the UK and be prepared to undertake a criminal background check by the DBS.  


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