At A Wilderness Way we are committed to providing child-centred care packages for children and young people who are looked after. We believe that every child has equal rights to the highest quality child care. We provide each young person with a safe, supportive, trusting environment with challenges that promote growth, responsibility, learning and positive outcomes.

Each young person is looked after by a small team of staff who are supported by the Registered Manager of the home. We provide young people with daily structure and routine whilst providing opportunities to learn new skills and further develop the ones they already have. Every young person is cared for individually and each have their own care plan.

We believe in an atmosphere and approach which is caring, nurturing and happy for both the young people in our care and our employees.

We strongly encourage a young person to participate in activities or hobbies that interest them and gain exposure to new experiences. Within our England Registered Homes, the positive outcomes we achieve for young people requiring crisis intervention are achieved through the utilisation of outdoor activities such as canoeing, climbing, camping, hill walking, mountain biking, kayaking, shelter building and ghyll scrambling.

Training and Development

Through ongoing development and learning, we ensure that our employees have the capabilities required to support and deliver the outstanding services we provide. Support is provided to achieve recognised qualifications such as diplomas and CPD recognised training and development initiatives. A full induction programme has been designed to ensure that you are able to utilise a consistent skillset once you start working within our staff teams.

To support our ethos of being a learning organisation, we have a strong management infrastructure in place to support your career goals and ensure that your supervisions are reflective and provide clear development plans to help you progress.

Working Hours

The majority of our residential support workers will work 3 or 4-day shifts with overnight sleep-ins. Our shifts either operate Monday to Wednesday, Wednesday to Friday or Friday to Saturday with rolling rotas in place to cover the shift patterns.  Our RSW’s and SRSW’s will work a combination of those patterns. We do require employees to be flexible to meet the needs of the young people in our care and welcome applications from people that don’t mind working away from home. Due to the intensity of the shifts, from a health and well-being perspective, we aim to provide good periods of breaks between each shift which will sometimes mean you can work 3 days on and have up to 5-6 days off. This supports a good work-life balance especially for our employees who don’t live locally to our homes.

Salary and Benefits

We provide:

  • Competitive salary scales continually evaluated annually against market data
  • Competitive sleep-in rates
  • Perkbox employee discount programme
  • Employee recognition and engagement events
  • An Employee Assistance Programme that provides 24/7 helpline support for you and your family in addition to fully funded access to external counsellors.
GDPR Notice

A Wilderness Way Ltd is committed to privacy for everyone who provides us with their personal information. Under the new GDPR legislation May 2018 we must comply with certain regulations which are designed to ensure that any data you provide to us is processed with the upmost due care and attention. A Wilderness Way Collects both Professional and personal data about you to help in the recruitment process. This data consists of information such as your name, contact numbers, address, e-mail address, work and education history, plus your nationality which we are required to collect by law. We process this personal data as necessary to aid the recruitment process. A Wilderness Way carefully protects the security of personal information you provide. Personal information we collect is stored in password controlled servers with limited access, and we protect this information from loss or misuse, and from unauthorised access, disclosure, alteration or destruction. Access to your personal data is only provided to our staff and third parties who help us to process data and, in order to help with the recruitment process.

We collect and process sensitive personal data only so far as is necessary to ensure we conform with legal requirements, for example under the equality of opportunity laws. By applying for a role with us and by registering your details with us, you consent to us collecting and processing sensitive personal data supplied by you and disclosing this information to interested parties in connection with the recruitment process. Where necessary we may pass data to third parties that help us to process data for the purpose of recruitment. We may also share aggregate information with selected third parties but we do not disclose individual names or any identifying information.

We will hold your information on file for a minimum of 3 months, maximum of 6 months after it was last used unless your application is successful, at which time you will be provided with a GDPR employee notice which will identify how we use your data and what length of time we retain your personal information in line with legislative and statutory requirements. Due to the high number of applications we receive, if you have not heard anything from our HR team within 2 weeks of your application, we will not be progressing you on to the next stage of our recruitment process and your details will be held on file in line with the timescales identified above.

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