What’s it like to work in a children’s home?

Although few careers require more responsibility than working in residential childcare, very few careers are as rewarding. It is an immense privilege to be able to play a role in transforming the lives of disadvantaged children.

Looking after children is much more than a job. It is an opportunity to use your skills, personality and experiences to make a difference to both individual children and society as a whole. What greater reward is there?

But for those who have never worked in residential childcare before, working in a children’s home might seem a little daunting. You might love children and want to work with them but wonder whether you have the right experience or qualifications for this role.

You might wonder what happens on a daily basis in a children’s home, or what the working hours and benefits are and whether this would fit in with your lifestyle. Or you might simply wonder if you have what it takes to do this important and life-changing career.

Well now there is no need to wonder! Through our social media and website we are going to be showcasing what it is like to work in an AWW children’s home and to support our fantastic young people.

As well as information about career prospects, qualifications, training and benefits, we will be sharing the real experiences and activities of our teams and what daily life is like at AWW. We hope that this will give you some insight into this fulfilling role and enable you to see how you could contribute to transforming our children’s lives.

If you would like to apply for a role at AWW, you can find our latest job vacancies and application portal here.

We welcome applicants with a range of experience and transferable skills. We look forward to hearing from you!

What Others Say About Us

I am truly taken aback by the level of care you have shown. The staff have gone out of their way to show him the attention and care that he has never had. When I visited him, it was like I was looking at a different child to what he was before he came. He was not like a child in care, he was like a child in a family. You have literally saved his life.

Social Worker

All children and young people thrive, and they make progress while living at the home. Because of the services provided the children and young people experience an individualised, stable and consistent home life. Children and young people benefit from the integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to education and care. They each achieve their full potential and, in many cases, do so beyond previous expectations.


I am so grateful to the AWW team for their dedication and commitment to caring and supporting Sam. He recently reported that being at there gave him the space to think and the opportunity to reflect on his attitude and make plans for his future.

Social Worker

I have to share my delight at Luke’s progress at AWW. Thanks to your support, in the last 17 weeks Luke and has turned his life around significantly. From where he has come from to where he is now, I am so proud of him.

Social Worker

The placement was really good and beneficial to me. The staff were all really supportive and nice and always made themselves available to me if I had any problems. The outdoor activities that were offered helped me to have a better outlook and showed me that I can do so much more in life, and it really helped me process and made me feel like a better person.


As METCO Officer for Cumbria Police I have regular contact with the team at AWW in relation to vulnerable children at risk of CSE and going missing. If a specific incident has occurred, the Home Manager and I speak on the phone to discuss the best way forward. She also attends CSE risk assessment meetings and we receive Philomena Protocol forms when a young person arrives in placement.

Cumbria Police