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St Christopher's Fellowship

Trainee Practitioner - Children's Homes

Job Type



Isle of Man




Posted Date

25 May 2022

Hope Street

Closing Date

5 June 2022

If you are looking for a fulfilling and rewarding career where no two days are the same, this could be the job for you!

You will have the opportunity to support children and young people, aged 12 - 17 years old, who from adversity are developing their resilience, to develop key life skills, build trusting relationships, create environments where they can flourish and experience success, while participating in fun activities with them.

The only thing you need is a passion for making a difference. We don't require previous care experience as we provide all the training and support you need to excel in your role, even professional care qualifications, through our St Christopher's Academy Entry Pathway.
Trainee Practitioner Entry Pathway - St Christopher's Academy

Starting your career in children's social care means there is a lot to learn so we want to make sure you are properly supported in your first year.

Our children and young people need care 24/7 so we have fixed rotas with different shifts (8, 10 and 12 hours) from to 10pm for day staff; and from 9pm to 8.30 for night staff.

On average, you will be working 40 hours a week, so meaning if you work 4 shifts of 10 hours each, you will then get 3 days off.

There is always the possibility to do overtime if you need a bit extra, this is paid time and half same as bank holidays.
What you need to bring to this role

- resilience to cope with challenging behaviour and circumstances.
- ability to build genuine and trusting relationships with young people.
- ability to work as part of a team.
- empathy but also ablility to understand the importance of professional boundaries.
- flexibility to undertake shift work including weekends, bank holidays and with notice, occasional sleep-ins.
- Ability and willingness to commute to different locations within the Isle of Man

What you should expect from us:

- Competitive pay and reward structure offering salary progression based on performance.
- Relocation package of up to £3,000
- Tailored career development plan through our “St Christopher’s Academy”.
- 25 days holiday rising to 27 days after 3 years’ service, plus Bank Holidays, pro-rata.
- Industry Leading training programme including Social Pedagogy, Safeguarding, Children’s Right and Participation, Mental Health, Child Sexual Exploitation, Level 3 and 5 Qualifications.

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.

Want to know about the achievements of our children, young people, foster carers and staff? Check out our Impact Report here

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.
Application 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.

Next Assessment Days: 15th and 16th June

Our Children and Young People are looking forward to hearing from you

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