Learning and Development

Initial training course

Any successfully appointed person will undergo a fully funded 2-week face to face training course, coving in-depth subjects such as Safeguarding, Health and Safety, First Aid, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma, Reporting & Recoding & our own BILD certificated Minimising Physical Intervention training programme. These courses are designed to provide our people with some foundation knowledge to best support in starting a career with us. All of our courses are designed and reviewed by sector professionals and delivered by our internal managers to allow individuals to expand their own knowledge and confidence to go on and grow within their roles.

As part of the initial training course, staff also undergo a 4-day minimising physical intervention course, called Safe and Sound.  All our Safe and Sound trainers have been approved by the BILD (British Institute of Learning Disabilities) ACT against the Restrain Reduction Network (RRN) Standards to deliver approved certificated curriculum.

Following this initial training we ensure all people continue to receive the appropriate training and development opportunities to maintain the highest standards of childcare practice which responds to legislative and best practice frameworks, as well as individual aspirations and career goals.

What our people say?
The training gave me a lot of knowledge and comfort before even starting in the homes.
I felt the training provided was excellent and covered a variety of relevant topics relevant to my current role
The training gave me all the tools I needed to start my career as a support worker with confidence.
The training was delivered professionally, by the people, who could share their experiences. Very informative and to the high standards. At the same time, we were given an opportunity to ask as many questions as possible. The venue was great, and everybody felt welcome.
All the trainers were extremely approachable and knowledgeable
How comfortable all instructors made me feel and how engage I was with all this new information, the way we were thought made me feel ready to start my role as a support worker.
Your induction

The initial training course is followed by a robust Induction to the home, including shadow shifts & continued supported by senior leaders. This is a perfect opportunity for individuals to start building the most important relationships with the Children & Young People, as well as your new team who will assist in helping you understand the full requirements of the role!

QCF Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare and Continuous Professional Development

Within our Children’s Homes we aim to ensure all our staff are qualified to QCF Level Diploma in Residential Childcare.

This qualification is fully funded for any unqualified employee!

Support is offered by our dedicated Teaching Assessor who offers one to one support, to meet any learning style and need.

Our internal Teaching Assessor has years of sector experience and has worked alongside some of the most complex children in a variety of roles which allows them to best support you furthering your own skills, knowledge and capabilities to offer the best care possible to our children and young people.

Further Training opportunities

Staff can continue to access a wide prospectus of training and development opportunities to support continued development. Including further training in Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid, bespoke needs led training including, Autism, Development Delay, Attachment, Therapeutic PACE training and relevant training give you skills to work in a trauma informed way, plus many more!

Being a part of Shaw Trust, opens avenues for fully funded professional qualifications through the apprenticeship Levy. These include manager qualification such as Level 3 Team Leading, Level 5 Diploma in Residential Childcare, Level 5 Children, Young People and Families Manager Apprenticeship, with a community or residential option, the Level 6 & 7 in strategic management.

Internal progression

We are committed to developing the best people and a ‘grow your own’ philosophy which supports career progression and personal achievement.

For many of our people entering this line of work, they have chosen to do so for career progression, with our support and training opportunities, this is where you career within a children’s home setting can start!

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Our Success Stories

  • "Communication is excellent. We are able to share information effectively to the benefit of the children, and we work together to ensure that they are happy and safe. Children here do extremely well."

    Magnolia Ofsted report: A local police officer said,
  • “I know that the staff are thinking about me when I am out with my friends, and that makes me feel good.”

    Magnolia Ofsted report: One child said,
  • “I arrived there with no family and left with a big family.”

    Eversley Ofsted report: A young person who has successfully transitioned to semi-independent living said,
  • "This place has turned my life around. I feel safe and listened to. Staff are very supportive."

    Harpury Ofsted report: A child said,
  • “A child has developed trusted relationships with all staff. He has a fantastic relationship with his key worker. He has been supported to change what were very challenging behaviours and now he has a belief in himself.”

    Braidley Ofsted report
  • “I like the staff. They always listen to me.”

    Buckby Ofsted report: One young person said,
  • “Children report that they feel safe in this home.”

    Evans Ofsted report:
  • “He moved in a boy, and left a man with his head held high.”

    Hatton Ofsted report:
  • “They work with her exceptionally well and staff treat her like they would their own children. The home is like a little family. They understand her and understand what she needs.”

    Hillside Ofsted report: A social worker said,
  • “Everyone here has really helped me. They are good with all of the children. Staff stick by us.”

    Holly Ofsted report: One child said,
  • “The best thing about this home is the staff. It is a weird sort of family.”

    Salmons Ofsted report: One child said,
  • “They helped me massively to turn my life around.”

    Wallis Ofsted report:
  • “Children are happy and settled and see the home as their home. They feel valued because they are central to decision-making about their lives.”

    Wendover Ofsted report: