Spark of Genius
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Residential Child Care Worker in Stirlingshire / Glasgow
on 9 August 2021
Challenging but rewarding
A typical day at work can include ensuring young people are up and engaging in activities or education, alongside preparing meals and snacks. Each day is very different and can bring a variety of challenges in the house, the young people come from a variety of backgrounds and will often display physically challenging behaviours that can result in staff being significantly injured, if inappropriately staffed the houses can go into chaos often resulting in police intervention.You are to complete your qualifications in-line with sssc however it’s often impossible to implement learning from SVQ or HNC as houses are stuck in a discipline approach and what has worked in the past rather than trying to move forward. There are some fantastic house management within services however unfortunately this is not the case the higher you go with house managers pushed into making decisions around new placements they do not agree with and receiving little to no support when things go wrong.The houses are full of cliques and some unpleasant staff which leads to its own issues if your face does not fit. Each house has its own work ethic which can bring a variety of challenges when working at multiple houses, this can lead to issues with consistency of what’s acceptable good practice and what is not. The company needs brought up to date with documents and recording processes as very dated, policies outdated and not frequently reviewed The most enjoyable thing is working with the young people although challenging you can make small differences to their lives.
Residential Manager in East Ayrshire
on 18 November 2022
A great place to get career progression opportunities
I started here from College as a Student Placement and have been afforded the opportunity to grow through lots of different roles. I've been here for many years and I find there's a really child centred culture where they care about young people. I'm proud to work here.
RCCW in Scotland
on 5 April 2022
Expensive service, lacking professionalism
Low pay, no sick pay,Job itself good but lack of consistent training since Covid and Management lately not fit for purpose. Ongoing staffing difficulties, low staff moral and some poor managers who can’t and sometimes don’t engage well with staff who are the core centre piece to this role working with challenging young people .
Rccw in Lothian
on 3 April 2021
This is a terrible place to work. Constant changes in management who are inexperienced and very dismissive. Constant threats of sssc, from people who have not actually read their codes of conduct, think there must be a star chart for the managers to get the highest amount of disciplinary actions, take pleasure in ruining people’s reputation, rather than accept that they have awful management and senior teams. After moving service did not take me long to realise just how bad they are and truthfully they would be fish out of water in a reputable company. Not much focus on the kids the more the local authorities pay they will keep them, even if the placement is not working. No respect or compassion to support workers, no work life balance constant changes to shift pattern and constant intrusion on your days off. Really could go on and on, but the saddest thing in it all is only the kids suffer due to massive staff changes and no structure in their life’s, the very reason they have to live away from home for most is chaotic childhoods, and unfortunately this is only accentuated in this environment most leave with little or no life skills this is just a holding pen they are being kept in.
Residential Care Worker in North East
on 5 January 2021
Don't go for interview
Management culture of blame. No support,criticism if you bring problems to managers. Multiple changes in management with no direction.No boundaries in place fir young people. Numerous assaults on staff and damage to house

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