Children’s Residential Care Workers will need to develop relationships and gain the trust of children and young people, who for a variety of reasons may need to live in residential care to help them deal with issues that are affecting their lives.
This area of work involves supporting children and young people, mainly between the age of 11 and 21, to bring normality and stability back into their lives, whilst providing a safe and supportive home for them to live in.
A young person may be placed into residential care on a short, medium or long term basis, with the length of placement and the level of support required dependent on their needs, wellbeing outcomes and circumstances.
They may have no family to care for them due to bereavement, family breakdown or they may have suffered neglect, trauma or abuse. As a result, they may be experiencing emotional difficulties, low self-esteem and lack of self-worth. This can lead to behavioural problems and risk taking or offending.