Domestic Assistant

England, Essex, Colchester
£14778.95 - £17136.40 per annum
29 Mar 2021
26 Apr 2021
Job role
Support Worker
Contract Type
Part Time

This is a permanent part time role 4 hours per day Monday - Friday

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda - one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We're immensely proud of our flexible working options.

Children and Families is recognised as a service in which social work can develop and prosper, with a culture of collaboration, integrity and compassion; promoting the development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families; protecting them from neglect and abuse. Working together with partners delivering a range of early help, family support and effective social work interventions which build resilience, remove barriers and enable children and young people to look forward to a brighter future.

The Domestic Assistant contributes to the maintenance of laundry and kitchens within residential homes or family centres to ensure cleanliness and high standards of food hygiene for young people.

Utilising skills and experience in effective laundry management to maintain cleanliness in individual and family rooms, together with some kitchen experience will be an important element in undertaking this role.

You will be:

  • Responsible for ensuring all laundry duties within residential homes is undertaken efficiently and in a timely way.
  • Contribute to kitchen efficiency by utilising equipment to ensure cleanliness of kitchen tools, crockery and pans are maintained to a high standard on a regular basis.
  • Ensure family or visiting rooms remain tidy and clean throughout shifts, to ensure environment is welcoming to both residents and visitors.
  • Undertakes kitchen and dining room duties which may incorporate basic food preparation to ensure hygiene and cleanliness maintained throughout residential homes or family centres.
  • Undertake laundry of items in residential homes to ensure standards of cleanliness are maintained.
  • Contribute to cleaning and laundry duties to ensure they are delivered to a high quality.
  • Have specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.
  • Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Educated to RQF level 2 (GCSE) or equivalent by experience.
  • Evidence of Health and Safety experience and any relevant qualifications and evidence of training incorporating moving and handling of objects.
  • Evidence of a First Aid qualification, training and experience.
  • Knowledge and experience of basic food hygiene.
  • High standards of cleanliness.
  • Understanding of working in a setting for young people who are receiving a period of residential care.
  • Ability and experience of working on own initiative and a flexible attitude.
  • Friendly demeanour, empathetic towards others.
  • As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit:

    Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link:

    Please note ECC regularly reviews its reward and benefits

    Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

    We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

    If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Resourcing Team on 03330135888.