WHAT DO CHILDREN WANT FROM CARE STAFF?
- Be able to look after our basic needs
- Keep them safe and happy
- Help, support and advise
- Be listened to
- Treated with respect
- Treated as equals
Taken from ‘Children on Care Standards’ Children’s conference 2007.
The list above outlines the views of children and young people in relation to what makes a carer a good carer. Careful consideration of these factors are observed when selecting staff for Woodford Children’s Home’s Services.
OUR COMMITMENT TO SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN
Woodford Children’s Home is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All employees will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check.
ABOUT OUR TEAMS
Our teams have been drawn together from a variety of backgrounds and have all been selected for their own individual skills and knowledge bases. All have shown the necessary personal qualities to enable them to provide support to children and young people, (and if appropriate their families) in relation to the often complex needs and challenging behaviours of individuals within the ‘looked after’ system.
OUR RECRUITMENT PROCESS
A rigorous and carefully planned recruitment process has been developed to ensure as far as possible, that co-members are able to support in a positive and proactive manner. All new co-members are subject to a three month probationary and induction period. This will allow them to gain a greater understanding of the expectations within the home and the wider organisation as a whole. A clear set of benchmarks are in place to monitor and ensure that levels of expertise have been met and only then will a permanent working contract will be gained.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT IS ENCOURAGED
Ongoing training and personal development is encouraged and clear career development pathways are designed to enable all staff members to continuously learn new skills and thus be able to offer a greater level of expertise to the children and young people in their care. A minimum of six days training a year is on offer to all staff, and further training of a more specific and specialised nature will be available in line with personal development plans for each individual staff member and the needs of the home as a whole.
All residential workers are required to undertake level 3 Children and Young People Workforce (or equivalent) as a minimum requirement. Co-members who have already obtained this qualification are eligible to undertake level 4 and other relevant professional development courses.