Lead Project Worker (12119)

  • Full Time
  • Applications have closed.
  • Salary: £23,545 - £25,428 Plus £1,885.27 Outer London Weighting
  • Contract Type: Permanent (Fixed term funded post). End Date: 31st March 2023. Hours: 37. Interview Date: 8th July 2022. This role is subject to a children and adult DBS check

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Believe in Children

Barnardo’s are seeking a Lead Project Worker to lead our Short Breaks Service for children with disabilities and additional needs, including autism, in the London Borough of Sutton (LBS).

This service is part of London’s ‘Stronger Families’ theme; the overarching outcomes being empowered families and familial resilience, so children thrive and are protected.

The Short Breaks Service

Barnardo’s are ambitious for children with disabilities and additional needs in LBS and want to support all children to experience positive outcomes.  Our basis and values are to work with hope, recognise the unique worth of every individual and encourage to children fulfil their potential.

The Short Breaks service provides group-based activities for children with disabilities and additional needs.  Children are supported within nurturing relationships that promote children’s independence, wellbeing, strengths, and capabilities.  Within safe and stimulating social environments, groups provide opportunities for children with disabilities and additional needs to interact with their peers and develop friendships.  Activities are designed to support children to learn and develop skills that support their development towards adult life and independence.

The service is also plays a vital role in providing families and carers respite from their caring responsibilities.

Groups are delivered every Saturday and Thursday evening, term time only, with an additional group delivered monthly, on a weekday evening.

Children are referred to the service by the authority via a panel.

The Role

This role is full-time, 37 hours per week.  The post holder must be available on core group delivery days, those being every Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm and Thursday 12:30pm-8:30pm, and an additional evening monthly. Groups for children are delivered term time only.  A non-working day in the week will be agreed with the postholder.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Senior Project Worker to innovatively lead and develop this service.  The role will be a key one in shaping the service outcomes and impact, including through effectively promoting the service to families and key partners, and actively engaging them.

The post holder will hold direct line management responsibility.

This role is subject to a children and adult DBS check.

Specific training will be provided for meeting particular care needs of children, as required.

Barnardo’s offers a hybrid working model covered under our `Work from Anywhere’ framework, therefore the post holder can either work from home or any location within the UK, including Barnardo’s Hub/Office that is a reasonable distance from your home address, outside of core group delivery days/locations.

Although this contract has a permanent status, please be aware that this post is subject to funding.  Therefore, should this funding not be extended further, you may be subject to a redundancy consultation or a TUPE arrangement.

For an informal discussion about this role, please call Stephanie Hall on 07519 294409, or email [email protected]

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Barnardo’s are committed to our role in equality, diversity and inclusion, and to recruiting a diverse workforce that reflects the range of identities our service users hold.  We are most interested in your values, qualities, and character, and your skills and knowledge.

If you hold a passion to transform the lives of children and families, and hold the Barnardo’s values, and if you have the skills and qualities for the role, we want to hear from you, whatever identity you hold.

This role requires the postholder to be physically able to safely carry out work and caring duties with children with disabilities and additional needs, which is likely to include moving and handling.

About You

Proven experience working with children with disabilities and additional needs is essential for this role.  Please reference your understanding and awareness of relevant legislation.

We are looking for someone who works with ambition, dignity, respect and compassion for children with disabilities and additional needs, and  someone who shows tenacity, creativity and resilience.

You will be able to demonstrate your ability to provide vision in developing services and operational oversight in a service for children.  As a confident and skilled communicator, you will be in a front facing role, promoting the service to, and informing, a range of partners and stakeholders.  Linking with social care and health teams, as well as community partners will be a feature of supporting transitions into and from the service; forming and maintaining strong partnership relationships in all sectors is important.

Your skills will include the ability to effectively plan suitable activities that meet the individual and particular needs of service users, including creating, reviewing, communicating and ensuring adherence to risk assessments.  You will be expected to understand and follow contractual specifications to ensure delivery of contracts is in accordance with key performance indicators and core outcomes for children and families.

You will be required to produce high quality and timely sessional, service user and case work recording, including safeguarding.  The role will require the ability to manage multiple and conflicting demands on your time through strong self-directed time management and organisation skills.

Supervision of staff, in line with Barnardo’s policies and procedures, is a core element of the Lead Project Worker role.

When completing your application please evidence and example your skills, knowledge and experience in relation to the information provided to you in this advert, the person specification and job description, and with an understanding of the context of the service described.  Please also refer to your safeguarding knowledge, experience and training, with scenarios or examples of how this has been applied, in particular safeguarding children with SEND.

Employee Benefits

  • A work environment and workforce which supports and celebrates their staff;
  • A work environment and workforce dedicated to Equality Diversity and Inclusion;
  • Annual leave entitlement of 26 days, plus bank holidays;
  • Annual leave purchase options;
  • Pension scheme (4% or 6% matched contribution) with death in service cover;
  • Employee Assistance Programme (24 hours a day, 365 days a year);
  • Choice discount stores and staff benefits platform deals and discounts;
  • Discounted hotel stays and holidays;
  • Cycle to work scheme;
  • Voluntary health care cash plans;
  • Access to extensive professional training and support via the Barnardo’s University;
  • Barnardo’s has a trade union recognition agreement with Unison.

Barnardo’s offers a hybrid working model covered under our `Work from Anywhere’ Framework, therefore vacancies advertised with this as an opportunity are open for applicants to either work from home or any location within the UK, including Barnardo’s Hub/Office that is a reasonable distance from your home address.


Barnardo’s believe in creating equality of opportunity in the workplace and supporting people to manage their work-life balance; we are therefore open to offering flexible working arrangements.

About Barnardo’s

At Barnardo’s we believe in children – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Please read about our basis and values following the link below. You will be asked questions relating to them as part of the recruitment process for this role.

Barnardo’s is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce for staff and volunteers. We actively encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and male candidates as they are under-represented within Barnardo’s.

Barnardo’s basis and values

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