Residential childcare is a professional role: safeguarding and promoting the rights and wellbeing of children and providing specialist care which enables them to be happy, healthy and successful.
Carers use their knowledge and understanding of behaviour, child development and social systems to care for vulnerable children, at a difficult time in their lives when they are not able to live with their families. The role therefore requires lots of skill, dedication and compassion.
But you may be surprised to learn that you don’t necessarily need to have any specific qualifications or experience before you apply to work in a children’s home.
At A Wilderness Way, our team is made up of a diverse range of people with many different skills, passions and life experiences. The thing that we all have in common is the the ability to engage, inspire, and form life-changing connections with children.
Once you begin the role you will undertake lots of initial and ongoing training to ensure you have the right knowledge and skills. There are also some formal qualifications which you can study for alongside carrying out your role.
Below we hear from some of our carers about their previous experiences:
At AWW, we offer the highest quality training and development through our sector-leading Academy and Diploma programme.
We are an accredited provider of the Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare, which we offer to all members of our care team. We deliver this in-house through interactive workshops, bespoke resources and individual support sessions. We ensure that everyone’s learning journey is tailored to their individual strengths and needs and that they receive the level of support that is right for them.
Alongside the Diploma, we offer comprehensive training and professional development, delivered both by experts at AWW and external partners. In recent weeks our teams have attended sessions on knife crime from the JJ Effect, County Lines training, and ‘train the trainer’ sessions with the Alcohol Education Trust.
We nurture talent and support our colleagues to progress their careers through the organisation, whether this means moving from RSW to Assistant Manager to Home Manager, or moving into a different role such as therapy or education. By promoting the wellbeing and development of our teams this enables us to ensure that our children receive exceptional care.
So whether you have never considered working in a children’s home before, or you are an experienced practitioner looking for your next career move, there could be an opportunity for you in this exciting and highly rewarding profession.
To find out about what current vacancies we have at AWW, please click here.