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St Christopher's

Experienced Children's Residential Practitioners

Job Type



South East




Posted Date

14 September 2022


Closing Date

18 September 2022

We are looking for Experienced Children's Residential Practitioners to join our team.

About Us

Our vision is for every child and young person to be safe, loved and happy, to achieve their potential and have a bright future.

St Christopher's is a leading charity for children and young people and we are proud of our history for providing fostering, children's homes and a range of innovative leaving care services across the UK & Isle of Man. We have a passionate commitment to our young people, placing them at the centre of everything we do. We provide positive life experiences for young people who are unable to sustain a placement in their parental or foster home.

We are an equal opportunity employer and keen to develop an inclusive workforce were people feel they belong. We hope to attract applications from under- represented groups including people from different cultures, nationalities, socio economic backgrounds, ages, disabilities, religion, faith, sex, orientation, child care responsibilities and with gender diverse identities.
About the Role

As an Experienced Children's Residential Practitioner, you will provide direct support and care for young people aged 12 to 17 years. Our young people have complex emotional and mental health difficulties (such as trauma and loss) and often struggle to regulate their emotions. Working within a therapeutic framework, you will develop a direct programme of work aimed at building life skills, develop a restorative learning approach to behaviour and manage their own safety within the community.
St Christopher’s Academy

At St Christopher`s we can offer you a career where you can develop your skills and knowledge while making a difference to young people’s lives.

When you join St Christopher’s, we will set you up in your career with a tailored development plan. Whether you want to move across to a different service, become a Manager or just explore further your current role, we will support you to map out your career trajectory and help you achieve your professional ambitions.

What are we looking for?

Desirable Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare or equivalent (i.e. Level 3 Diploma Children and Young People Workforce with the children's social care pathway).
Minimum of 1 years’ experience working and supporting Young People to achieve their full potential.
Ability to build and promote trusted relationships while maintaining professional boundaries.
Experience of achieving outcomes as part of working in a service and the records which evidence that.
A working knowledge of key legislation regarding Safeguarding practices relating to children and young people
Understanding of the issues experienced by young people such as bullying, gangs, radicalisation, self-harm, sexual exploitation and how these impact on behaviour.
Creativity, enthusiasm and energy to inspire and encourage young people to achieve great things.

What you should expect from us

Starting salary of £24,054 (pro-rata), rising incrementally to £27,222 (pro-rata) based on performance.
Tailored career development plan through our “St Christopher’s Academy”.
A friendly working environment, a fun, open and honest culture.
25 days holiday rising to 27 days after 3 years’ service, plus Bank Holidays, pro-rata.
Industry Leading training programme including access to level 3 qualifications, children’s right and participation, CSE, empowerment, Mental health and therapeutic interventions ,
Contributory pension scheme, Enhanced Maternity and Company Sick Scheme.
BUPA Employee Assistance Programme, offering counselling, financial advice and legal support.
Interest-free season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme.
Discount shopping scheme at hundreds of retailers across the UK.
Employee Awards based on performance and length of service.

Recruitment Process

At St Christopher’s we are committed to the safeguarding of all children and young people in our care. During the recruitment process you will be expected to complete an online application form to ensure we capture essential information to meet legislation, best practice and vetting requirements.

Applicants will ideally already be on the DBS Update Service; if this is not the case St Christopher's will carry out a DBS (police) check prior to starting.

Your application must include a supporting statement addressing the criteria given in the Person Specification.

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