Types of careers
There is a huge range of careers available in the social care
sector across Kent.
More information about the types of jobs available in the social
care sector is provided below.
We also provide further information in our
social care recruitment pack (PDF, 1.24mb).
Domiciliary care services
Domiciliary care is provided to adults in their own homes. This
includes adults with physical, mental and learning
The Community Care Worker will provide services such as personal
and domestic care, food preparation, shopping, and rehabilitation
services focusing on client choice, independence, dignity and the
right to remain in their own home as long as possible.
Residential care services
Residential care services are provided for people who are not
able to live in their own home even with support. This could be for
a variety of reasons including old age, physical disability,
learning disability or a mental health need.
A residential care service would normally provide accommodation,
meals and personal care including help with things like getting up
or going to bed, washing, dressing and using the toilet. As well as
supporting people with their chosen daily activities and social
Mental health services
There are a wide range of services in Kent designed to support
people who have mental ill health. This includes specialist
residential and community care services as well as employment and
vocational support and day services.
There are a wide range of job roles including support worker,
development workers, registered manager, team leader, service
development manager. There are also a range of roles requiring
specialist further such as Occupational Therapists, Clinical
Psychologists and Psychiatrists.
Community support services
Community support is a very person centred provision. It entails
enabling, promoting and motivating, with the aim of achieving
greater independence or maintaining sufficient independence.
The service provides skilled guidance and support to help the
individual to lead an active and stimulating life. This fully
encompasses the principles of normalisation by O’Brien i.e.
Community Presence, Choice and Competence, Participation and
importantly, Respect and Belonging.
Adult Placement Scheme
Kent Adult Placement Scheme offers vulnerable adults the
opportunity to live with families or individuals in the local
Each placement offers a highly flexible form of accommodation
and support, enabling the vulnerable adult to share the life and
activities of the Adult Placement Carer. An Adult Placement Scheme
is similar to fostering schemes but is for adults rather than
The role of the Adult Placement Scheme is to support and enable
Adult Placement Carers to provide high quality care and support in
a homely setting to the individual placed with them through a
rigorous matching process.
The Adult Placement Scheme will continue to support the carer
throughout the placement and will ensure that they provide the
level of care and support that has been agreed.
Learning disability services in Kent
Working with people who have a learning disabilit is
stimulating, rewarding and good fun.
Promoting independence to ensure that people are able to access
all parts of the community and community life, working with adults
with learning disabilities will provide opportunities for you to
use your skills and talents for the benefit of others.
Working with people with learning disabilities can include
people with autism, those with complex needs who have physical or
medical needs as well as learning disabilities and some who can
present difficult and challenging behaviours.
Opportunities exist in all aspects of the service including
residential care, domiciliary care,community support,
activity-based day services and one to one work.
Personal Assistants (PAs) are directly employed by disabled
people, their family or trustees to enable them to live
independently in their own home. The disabled person has a choice
of who they employ and decides how, when and at what time
assistance is provided. A Personal Assistant will assist with many
aspects of a person’s life including work, leisure,education and
daily living activities in the home.