Our bank staff are there to support when additional cover is needed in the home, such as to help with covering annual leave. The hours are flexible and you can pick up shifts that suit you to work around your life. Due to the nature of the role you will need to be able to cover shifts at short notice and there is no guarantee of any set hours of work.
We hire for potential, so we encourage applications from people who feel they may not meet every aspect of the person specification. We welcome applications from people with lived experience of issues affecting children in care and their families.
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We know that children in residential care have poor outcomes – for example, only 4% get ‘good’ GCSEs (DfE, 2014), 62% of children in children’s homes have a mental health condition (DfE, 2014) and about half of young offenders are care leavers (Prison Reform Trust, 2016).
At Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust, we believe that children in care should have the same opportunities as everyone else, and that our unique approach will enable this and support them to thrive. We are working to create safe, stable placements for children in a place that feels like home. Education is at the top of our list of priorities to help young people achieve their goals. We believe social pedagogy provides an excellent basis for supporting children who live in residential care. We want the very best people working with the most vulnerable children.
We are working to improve the lives of young people, but also to change the wider perception of residential care, and how the bigger system functions. You can be part of our journey to positively impact the children you work with, and the system you work in.
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There are three stages to our recruitment process:
1) Online application
You will need to complete an online application form. The team will be shortlisting applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as you are ready to do so.
2) Online interviews
If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an online interview. These interviews are made up of competency-based questions and situational judgement tests.
3) In-person Interview
If you are successful at the online interview stage, you will be invited to the final round interview. This stage includes individual and group activities.
Start in role
Once all the safeguarding checks are complete, including an Enhanced DBS with a check of the child’s barred list, a start date will be agreed.
Our competencies have been developed in partnership with residential care staff and young people, and are the foundations that help us to recruit great staff.
Building relationships with young people: You enjoy spending time with young people and empower them to discover their own potential.
Safeguarding: You take responsibility for keeping young people safe and put their needs first.
Resilience and commitment: You are patient, solutions-focused and you persevere through challenging times.
Reflection and learning: You are able to reflect on practice, and you are open to learning.
Team work: You collaborate effectively with others to achieve goals.
Communication: You communicate clearly, taking time to understand other people’s thoughts and feelings, and you can adapt the way you communicate in different situations.
Problem-solving: You find solutions by building relationships with others, being adaptable, resourceful and willing to learn.
Leadership and integrity: You behave ethically, taking responsibility and role modelling your values in practice.
Commitment to safer recruiting
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