You can help each child, no matter what challenges they face, realise their true potential
You’ll motivate and inspire our young people, supporting them to grow in confidence each day.
Our residential homes provide children with a stable, secure and supportive environment, where they can develop their innate skills and confidence.
All of our care is person-centred and tailored to each individual. Our homes are supported by an in-house Clinical Psychologist and counsellor, depending on the needs of the young people who live there.
As part of your rewarding role, you’ll work with children and young people with a range of complex needs and SEMH, as well as children with autism and Learning Disabilities.
You’ll keep learning and on days where you’re stretched by your role you can lean on your supportive colleagues and management team.
Each day you’ll know you’ve made a real difference and had a positive impact on a young person’s life.
A Typical Day at a Children’s Residential Home
The day always starts with a burst of energy and lots going on. The young people who live here are early risers and are keen to get on with their day. After receiving a thorough handover you’ll start helping with morning routines. Everyone’s support needs are unique to them. Sometimes people need help making their breakfast or support with their daily personal hygiene needs.
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Each young person has their own daily schedule which includes a variety of different activities they have chosen or planned by themselves. On a weekday this can be education focused or there may be activities to help and encourage life skills, such as cleaning, cooking and money skills. In the evening, weekends and school holidays, the young people enjoy going swimming, trips out to the park, going bowling, or relaxing watching a movie. Sometimes the young people spend time with their families inside the service or at their own homes.
As a team member it’s your job to support the young people to enjoy and be as independent as possible when they take part in these activities. This may mean that you fully join in with them or you’re just there to reassure them, building their confidence – whatever they need. You can also be creative in the role. For example, if you know one of the young people you support has a real passion for football you can help them go to games or follow their favourite teams online.
Throughout the day we document observations of the young people’s wellbeing and their actions. We make sure their home is clean and tidy, or perhaps help with some gardening. We all have dinner together in the evening and then they enjoy some free time relaxing or watching a movie. We try to ensure that our homes are warm and vibrant places, where everybody respects and supports each other, just as you would do in a typical family home.
Dana Gadsby, Deputy Manager
Training / Development
As well as ensuring that the children who live in our homes are safe and protected, it’s also our responsibility to enable their independence.
It’s our job to help the people we support develop their knowledge, and abilities, so that they can confidently lead a fulfilled and active life.
As a valued member of our team we’ll make sure you have all the knowledge and skills you need to do just that.
Workplace Apprenticeship Programmes
To help you further develop your skills, knowledge, and confidence and help you take the next steps in your career, you can access our Workplace Apprenticeship Programmes.
We offer the following qualifications:
- Children and Young People Workforce Level 3
- Care Leadership & Management Level 5
- Team Leading Level 2 & 3
Throughout all this, you’ll be supported by a workplace buddy and mentor so that you can ask questions along the way to help you get the most out of your training.
People like you work in care & education.
People like David…
David spent 13 years working on the railways but found himself looking for a new challenge when the industry was privatised. He took a job at a children’s home and stumbled upon the vocation that would change his life.
21 years, an ‘Outstanding’ rating and an award win later, he says it’s the best move he ever made.
Our philosophy is, ‘Every day is a new day’ because our children are going to make mistakes at times. But when they get up the next day and realise we aren’t judging them for yesterday, you can see the relief on their faces. It makes the biggest difference.