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Learning and development opportunities
All residential employees benefit from an excellent training and induction programme, where they're trained and equipped to understand how to provide the best care for our children and young people.
It's expected that relevant core and mandatory learning and development for all new children's residential workers to Derbyshire, such as, introductions to safeguarding and protection, health and safety and promoting positive behaviour and Pro-Act SCIP will be completed within the first 12 weeks of employment, supported by a 6-month induction to the council and children's residential services. Following this there will be further learning and development opportunities, including the level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People's Workforce with Social Care Pathway.
Our training is under-pinned by having a knowledge and understanding of therapeutically informed approaches in child development and therapeutic parenting. This includes social pedagogic ethos - a practice we were involved in developing within the UK - dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) techniques, developmental trauma and attachment knowledge, playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy (PACE), a person centred and solution planning to inform practice.
We work continuously to improve the quality of our children's homes, ensuring our children and young people have every opportunity to thrive and develop.
Progressing within the children's homes is something we encourage and support, as progression shouldn't just be linear process. At various points there are opportunities to make moves or undertake pieces of work to gain experience, knowledge, and skills to develop professionally.
Supervision and My Plan discussions are used to consider how you want your career to progress and to plan how that can be supported, both in the short and long term.
By supporting employees through succession planning and progression, they're given the opportunities to widen their experiences and gain specialist knowledge, skills, and confidence. Enabling them to respond to any challenges in engaging with and improving outcomes for children, young people, and their families, whilst also continuing to provide good quality care and support for our children and young people within residential care.