Cambian Group
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    5,001 to 10,000
  • Revenue
    £75m to £365m (GBP)
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Residential Childcare Worker in Goole
on 15 November 2021
Bad work life balance underpaid overworked
Very short staffed so staff often have to pick up overtime or end up left on shift unable to go home sometimes for days. Very bad work life balance as often spend more time at work than at home and have texts on days off or even annual leave asking to come in. Rota’s are often left until last minute so you are unable to make plans. The children are lovely however which does make it worth it despite everything else.
Team Manager in Southwick Park
on 28 November 2021
Stressful, understaffed, little support.
Thrown in at the deep end, ridiculously understaffed, then blamed for what didn't go to plan. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone and won't be going back.
Team Leader in Newcastle upon Tyne
on 23 November 2021
Not a nice place
Culture of if your face fits you will do. Making money on the back of kids misery . Not very welcoming .mates stick together real people wanting to make a change are ignored by the upper crust of management. Training not so bad but wasted on staff.
Senior Registered Manager in Preston
on 19 November 2021
It’s not Tracy Beaker
I worked for the cambian group for about six years starting as a team leader and worked my way up to registered manager. The job itself it’s easy and the young people we work with aren’t like how it’s portrayed in Tracy beaker. I worked in the Preston region and couldn’t have felt more supported by my team and management. Everyday is different and each young person brings their own challenge. The more you put into the job then more you get out.
Residential Care Worker in Shrewsbury
on 18 November 2021
Starts off seemingly professional.
You soon learn that the company does not really have a universal ethos or culture. Each home operates differently with staff breaking rules and boundaries to keep the young people happy so that they do not "kick-off". A kick-off is the young people expressing bad behaviours, such as physically assaulting staff, smashing up the home, refusing to go to bed and forcing staff to work a waking night. A waking night means you do not go to sleep, this can be extremely damaging to staff health after a 15-hour shift and then going straight into a 16-hour shift the following day, which could again result in a waking night. You work from 08:00-23:00 with no break, unless you have a kick-off or waking night. A typical shift is the first day 15 hours and sleep-in, the second day 16 hours and sleep-in and the third day is handover in the morning for 2 hours, you're finally free to go home, after working 33 hours with no breaks except sleeping, if the young people didn't kick-off or have a waking night. Management is a take the money sort (do what they have to, to ensure they keep the job whilst only their for the money). Lots of freedom with work-life balance for management, with them, mostly deciding their work hours. The culture of each home is different, with staff left with the responsibility to enforce rules that management themselves do not, this causes huge conflict with the young people. They do not respect rules enforced by staff and only care for what comes from the mouths of management. Management passes the book telling staff that you're the adults and you're in charge out here (out here meaning outside of managements office). There will be situations where you are put at risk by management, sent out with a young person who is a known run risk or has a record of making accusations against staff (whilst you are not made aware of this). Young people should be at least 1 to 1 (1 staff with each young person at all times), some are even 2 to 1. Management will bend these rules which are there to not only safeguard the young people but also staff and you will be left responsible for 2 young people on a 1 to 2 basis! This is something I have experienced and heard happened with inexperienced staff in another home, putting both the young people and the staff in danger.You can look at staff from a managers perception as simple as this, stressor or de-stressor. You are either a stressor to them and this does not mean you're doing anything wrong but you just may not be picking up every extra shift available (they will have you working 4 days on with no care for your health), if you're not picking up all the extra shifts you're a stressor to them because they become stressed having to do their job and find staff to cover (staffing is a HUGE issue). A de-stressor is someone picking up shifts, doesn't matter whether they are good at their job, just pick up shifts and you become a favourite. You better keep on picking up shifts because the moment you don't the favourite status shifts. The way management will be toward you is dependant on this and it's obvious.You will also be discriminated against for time off and this includes isolating for COVID. Having been to various homes I can confidently say that the homes maintained their own rules for COVID, with very the very minimum was done to ensure safety for staff and young people. Staff are sent between homes with little to no protection. Care workers essentially become security guards, carers, cleaners, management, therapists, all whilst being verbally, physically, and psychologically abused by the young people. I cannot speak for all houses but my home did absolutely nothing for my mental health. In supervision, I mentioned that I felt as though I could relapse with my mental health and at present are in a depressive episode, my manager giving me the supervision at the time changed my words and did not mention anything I said about my mental health. I cannot speak for all of the homes but in my home, inappropriate jokes/comments of adult nature from management made toward staff is a common occurrence. Conversations of adult nature between management and staff. Management fancying staff and giving them job advancements over the staff that are equally qualified, equally committed and have been there longer also happened.

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In-depth knowledge in heath and social care .skills and experience in managing clients with challenging behaviour. Safeguarding of clients at risk

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