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All of our staff have received specialist training. Our staff members are highly experienced and skilled. All of our staff members have the required statutory qualificaitons and we promote continous development.

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Staff at social pedagogy training

The social pedagogy course made me think and reflect on my daily work. Social pedagogy has empowered me as a practitioner" Chiedza Mudavanhu, Night Project Worker

I have become more reflective and child centred in my role as a professional.” Deon Gordon, Residential Project Worker

As a practitioner I have challenged myself" Tim Buck, Residential Project Worker

I have become more resilient to change" Wendy Madden, Acting Team Manager

Social pedagogy has empowered me as a practitioner" Noyimot Famuyibo, Night Project Worker

A Day in A Residential Project Worker’s Life
by Chiedza Mudavanhu

My day starts when I get up... practically!

It starts with a quick check of my phone in case there is that missed call or “please get in as soon as you can”… text.  This is how it is when you work in a Children’s Residential Care Home…

When I get into work young people expect me to be “happy” so I can’t bring my bad day into the home with me…  I have to “know what is going on”…  My team is relying on me… the parents whose children are in my care expect their children are in good hands…  other professionals; teachers, doctors, nurses and the Social Worker all counting on me to play my part… as I do on them… I am part of a network you see.

Three things are commanding my every action… HEAD; HEART and HANDS…This approach to my work is thanks to the Social Pedagogy model of working my Home adopted…  I am using my head to think through things and reflecting on my actions: in Social Pedagogy terms… the HEAD is for reflective practice and continuous learning.  When I engage my head I feel confident and I’m organised… there is that meeting coming up… I have completed that report – Thank God!  The phone might ring - a prescription to pick up… a trip to the barbers… a walk to the park… food shopping to organise… a cab to book… the baking activity… the school run… or a big emotional outburst might erupt… and throw the day into ‘turmoil’… it’s all HEADs on…

I might find there is a new addition in the Home…  Mostly I would have read their referral notes and have an idea about who the young person is.  That’s exactly what it is… an idea; therefore, I consciously remind myself that I do not know this young person…  It is a caveat I apply to every young person in my care.  I know them… BUT I don’t… simply because there is always something new with young people growing and going through transitions.

Thankfully, HANDS to my rescue; with the HANDS we build relationships, trust and get to know each other… I find spaces in my day to build relationships with young people.  These spaces lie within activities that I do with young people.  Mind you these spaces avail themselves when I give the young people space… to be…   There are no short cuts; I can’t rush or hurry any relationship… it takes time.  In my day there is never enough time…