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Caring and Developing

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Working with our kids is both challenging and rewarding. Seeing the little changes, confidences and growth in kids is a privilege. Enjoying making connections and memories is a daily bonus but it does take a lot of reflection and learning to develop understanding as every kid is unique.

Pros

Parking, Meals are freshly cooked, Great co-workers, a family environment

Cons

Sleepover shifts are not for everyone but they are comfortable like a home from home.
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Working From Home

A lot of people have commented that they've struggled working from home during the pandemic but working with A Life Explored has offered the best of both worlds because when I come to work, it's like my second home and I still get fantastic company, good homecooked meals and a the best welcome when I arrive. The kids are amazing and are truly inspiring, it feels great to notice little changes in them as they grow up and I love being a part of their lives. While this kind of career asks for a lot of self reflection and personal development, it is worth it and I feel like I have a better understanding of myself and my own family.

Pros

Lots of support from colleagues, team leaders and managers.

Cons

You have to immerse yourself in the ethos and the home, this might be difficult if you are stressed about your own home life.
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Creating second chances and opportunities

Even after a really difficult shift where I've been challenged and the kid has struggled I feel lucky to be in his life and making a difference. It's not always easy but we get to do cool things like have parties, bike rides, exploring and trampolining and seeing the little differences makes the harder days worth it. It's like a home from home with family mealtimes and summer holidays and good people around to support when you're not at your best. It's important to be motivated to learn about and understand trauma and to have empathy, people who don't will find the job difficult.

Pros

Meals are included. The house is nice. Kids are brilliant.

Cons

Sometimes challenging behaviours.
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Progressive Organisation

The actual job is about emotions and being sensitive to trauma and thinking about why kids are behaving rather than reacting to how they are behaving. This is difficult for some people who come here, it's not like other residentials so not everyone will be suitable. Getting to make memories with the kids is amazing and I've learned a lot about myself while being here. Nice to work for a company that respects your opinion and feedback. I feel valued here and get lots of support but I also get to work independently and feel some pride in that.

Pros

Tasty homecooked meals and nice house and gardens

Cons

Can be emotional
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Great place to work, good ethos

I worked with this organisation for over 2 years and I am surprised by some of these comments. They give an unfair representation of the organisation and the great work they do. The job is not for everyone às working with children who have experienced trauma can be challenging and this is often the real reason staff leave.

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Training and support
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Fantastic Values and Ethos

I have worked with A life explored for over 5 years and have nothing but, positive experiences. The nurture and care that is in place for us, as a care team and the children is excellent. I feel valued and supported at work and feel confident approaching someone if I need guidance and advise. Overall experience so far, is very good!

Pros

Support for the team and the children
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Support and Learning

I have been employed with A life explored for just over a year and I have experienced a lot of learning opportunities. The training that I have been offered has been excellent and the internal and external support I have received has helped me within my job. Everyone is helpful and supportive and has helped me with my development in residential care. It has been an amazing experience so far and I look forward too many more years working with them.
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Avoid this company

In 30+ yrs of working in social care this the worst company that I've worked for, by far. Management is inept, health and safety for staff is none existent, staff are not supported in what can be dangerous situations. Work life balance is promised to be good, but the reality is staff can be on shift for days if cover not in place, which is often. Staff turnover is very high. Avoid at all costs
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Scary and dangerous

Poorly managed, lots of people trying there best but no clue. No support when assaulted most days or threatened. Left for days stuck there as no one comes to relieve you and don't answer there phones when your partners are worried. Lots of meetings on days off and even though the meetings can sometimes be supportive nothing changes so people keep leaving
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This company offer more than any other residential childcare service

I've had nothing but a positive experience with A life explored. The company have and will continue to make relevant changes to ensure the best practice and running of the organisation. All staff have been very supportive and friendly. A life Explored offers a lot more privileges, support and training than any other residential childcare service.
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Avoid at all costs!!!!

Over worked, not paid enough for the risks that you are put in, expect you to work over an above your hours sometimes having to stay there for days. Due to staff turn over that is often the case because they can't cover the shifts. Managers are over worked resulting in the staff not getting the appropriate support.

Pros

Met some lovely people whilst there.

Cons

Long hours, lack of support, aren't allowed to take your own food in, and your mental health deteriorates rapidly.
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3.5 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.9 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.6 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.9 out of 5 stars for Management
3.7 out of 5 stars for Culture
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