Educating young people who are blind or vision impaired


New College Worcester
Posted 6 months ago

Job Title:                  Relief Care Staff

Salary:                       £11.15 per hour  (SCP5, casual rate)

Responsible for:    Care of students in residential units.

Hours:                       As and when required


Purpose of the Job:

To work at short notice with teenage students who are blind or partially sighted and provide a high standard of care in a proficient and sensitive manner that will enhance their academic and social development.

Applicants should be aged 21 years and above to comply with the National Minimum Standards.  Applicants below the age of 25 cannot work with Sixth form students.

Main Tasks:

  1. To assist in delivering a comprehensive care programme appropriate to the age and understanding of the student. The programme will address living skills with the aim of the students becoming competent at carrying them out independently. This will involve, amongst others, skills-training in personal hygiene; nutrition and self catering; general skills required in managing money and personal safety.
  1. To assist in providing and encouraging access to a range of leisure pursuits.
  1. To assist in providing opportunities for students to develop socially into a mature and confident young person.
  1. To liaise with the staff team in order to achieve a comprehensive approach to the student’s development.
  1. To support the student in coming to terms with the effect of visual and other impairments.
  1. To maintain confidentiality on all matters relating to students, staff and the College.
  1. To ensure that records are kept in accordance with school requirements and current legislation.
  1. To be willing to undertake continued professional development appropriate to the role of Relief Care.
  1. To attend staff meetings as requested.
  1. This job description cannot be considered to be exhaustive and other duties not included may arise which you will be expected to fulfil. The additional duties will be determined by circumstance and/or as requested by your Line Manager.

Equal Opportunities Statement:

NCW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  This post is conditional on an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check.

Safeguarding Children:

NCW is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of students at the College.  You are responsible for adhering to the College’s policies on Child Protection and for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people you come into contact with.

Annual review:

This job description will be reviewed annually and may be subject to amendment or modification at any time after consultation with the post holder.  It is not a comprehensive statement of procedures and tasks but sets out the main expectations of NCW in relation to the post holder’s professional responsibilities and duties.

This document is to be read in the context of NCW Statement of Purpose, NCW Equal Opportunities Statement, and agreed policies of the NCW and the Conditions of Service as outlined in the individual employee’s contract.


All criteria are essential unless otherwise stated.

  1. Specialist Knowledge and Experience

    • Experience of working with young people and an understanding of their complex needs.

    • Minimum of Grade C (or equivalent) in English and Maths

    • Desirable

      • A relevant professional qualification e.g. NVQ Award in Care Level 3.

      • Experience of working with blind and partially sighted children from various ethnic backgrounds.
  1. Organisation

Ability to organise time effectively, create work schedules, prioritise workload and meet deadlines.

  1. Communication

Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, adapting style to suit the audience for example writing clear and concise correspondence.

  1. Using Initiative

Able to take responsibility for own actions and make decisions whilst referring to others appropriately.

  1. Sensitivity

Ability to respond to distressed people in an empathetic manner.

  1. Building Relationships

Ability to quickly build rapport and easily establish appropriate relationships with children, parents and their carers.

  1. Equal Opportunities

Able to understand and demonstrate a commitment to New College Worcester’s Equal Opportunities Policy and to ensure all tasks are consistent with the Equal Opportunities Policy. This includes all staff activities and their interface with the general public.

  1. Special Conditions

    • This post is conditional to an Enhanced DBS Clearance and Registration.

    • In residential units accommodating students 11 – 16 years old, the minimum age of staff should be 21 years old.

    • In residential units accommodating students 16 – 19 years old, the minimum age of staff should be at least 25 years old.

    • Desirable

      • Driving requirement; applicant must be aged 21 years or over and hold a full driving license.

      • A minibus licence is also desirable, but not essential.

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Sheila Wood, New College Worcester, Whittington Road, Worcester. WR5 2JX


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