Care Officers

Closing date 19 October 2019
Organisation Leeds City Council
Location City Wide
Hours Full time
Salary £21,589 to £23,836 (plus additional payments)
Telephone 0113 5351903

Ofsted inspectors have just rated Leeds City Council ‘outstanding’ for the impact of leaders on practice with children and families; ‘outstanding’ for the experiences and progress of children who need help and protection; and ‘good’ for the experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers. As a result, the overall judgement for services in Leeds is ‘outstanding’ - making it the only ‘core city’ in the country to be rated so highly.

But the journey is not ending there, Leeds needs Care Officers to work within our children’s residential homes.

Children’s residential work is a challenging but rewarding career through which you can make a real difference for children. You will need to build relationships with children who may be facing difficult times, show a lot of patience, emotional intelligence and be a good listener.  You’ll also need good observational skills, sound judgement to make the right decisions and protect children.  Residential work regularly tests resilience, stamina and resolve - all of which you will need to succeed. But children’s residential work can be life changing for those you support and help. 

We have firmly embedded a culture of learning and improvement into our strategic and operational outlook. We have improved our offer to residential workers from care officers to registered children’s home managers by developing a clear and exciting career pathway within the organisation. As noted by Ofsted “Leeds has placed a considerable emphasis on creating an environment where good quality social work can flourish.’ If you are looking for a new challenge; our professional development strategies offer you a chance to be part of something truly stimulating, the pursuit of excellence.  

Do you have what it takes? You are eligible if you can demonstrate you already have:

  • In the last year, have experience of working with young people who may have emotional/behavioural difficulties either in a paid or voluntary capacity in a children’s home, social care setting, a school, youth service, or any other service or provision designed to support children and young people.
  • Educated to GCSE level or equivalent. 
  • Basic computer literacy.
  • Level 3 Diploma in Residential Child Care or the equivalent. If not to be
  • completed within 2 years of starting work in the home.


Follow the link above for the full job description and application process.


For any further questions please contact Maha Ahmed on 0113 5351903 or

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