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.

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