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Working at a Children's Home

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 1 Jul 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Children Children's Homes Respite Care

Children’s homes are designed to offer help and support to children who have suffered traumas or emotional problems and/or are left without a family to care for them due to bereavement or because of instances of neglect.

Many of the children in the care of children’s home today are there on what is now as respite care.

Children’s homes are split into two categories:

  • Respite Care
  • Residential Care

Respite Care

Respite care is help and support given to the parents of children who may have behavioural difficulties or physical disabilities that makes looking after them in the family home difficult. In these instances the respire children’s homes will take the children for a period of time to allow the parents time to rest and also to help them learn about to best look after their child when they return home.

This is often very useful if a child has suffered physical or mental disability because of an accident or illness after birth whereas previously they were in perfect health. Under these circumstances the looking after of a child with a disability can be emotionally and physically very demanding on the parents so any respite care can be a welcome relief.

Residential Care

As the name suggests this type of care is administered when a child and/or children have been placed into the long term care of a children’s residential establishment. This can be because of problems at home or at school or the result of emotional difficulties or behavioural problems that the parents feel they are unable to deal with. Likewise local authorities in conjunction with social services can make recommendations that children be placed in residential care for the sake of themselves and those round them but it has to be said that this is a last resort in most cases.

Again these admissions to residential children’s homes can be made on a short or long term basis and can also be instigated in emergency situations if necessary.

Principles of Children's Homes

In both of these types of children’s home it is important to remember that the welfare of the child is paramount as is his or her education. Their education will continue as it did when they lived away from the home and where necessary – and where possible – therapy and counselling will be given to those children whom staff consider would benefit from it.

Every effort is made to ensure that life within these children’s home runs as smoothly and as normally as possible and as such the children are encouraged to interact with each other and engage in social activities that might allow for a flourishing of character and personality – something that may have been stilted away from the home.

Regular mentoring sessions are held and it is important that all parties are kept up to date on the welfare and progress of the children.

Working in a Children's Home

If you would like to work in children’s care homes or volunteer your services you can contact the home you are interested in directly.

Again a qualification in childcare is advantageous as is the ability to communicate and relate to children who will have learning or behavioural problems.

For more information you can contact your local Social Services and/or Local Education Authority (LEA) and they will be able to set you on the right path.

It is also worth noting that again working with children makes it necessary for you to have an up to date DBS disclosure.

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taia - Your Question:
I am 18 years old and I've always wanted to work with children I haven't got any qualifications in child care yet but in September. I would like to now how I could get to work in a children care home?

Our Response:
You could check to see if there are any care home apprenticeships in your area via the gov.uk link here .
WorkingWithKids - 3-Jul-17 @ 3:12 PM
I am 18 years old and I've always wanted to work with children I haven't got any qualifications in child care yet but in September. I would like to now how I could get to work in a children care home?
taia - 1-Jul-17 @ 4:04 PM
I've been in 2 care home in Salford and its soo overrated. Safe environment? Most kids in the care homes go out together, fights, arguments, threats. All the time there is a bit of drama and the way some staff spy to you is disgusting. It's great what these staff do and it can be a hard job (paperwork, dealing with kick offs, social workers dropping stuff on you) but the environment when you step through them doors is horrible. Best thing about care is that you have someone to talk to a allocated key worker, complaints sheet get sorted out (any issues with staff, home, other residents of home etc.) I think people wanting to go in this profession will find it difficult and need to understand some people don't want you help And you have to understand that. I hate the fAct that you have to live with kids who swear, kick off, bring police to YOUR house and you can do nothing about it. Sometimes feels like a prison, on the other hand sometimes feels like a hotel. I feel sorry for some of the kids and I know they love care homes and love the fact that their settled and learn how to look after themselves (responsibility) Care homes is good! But a diverse place to live and work in. Not one day is the same.
JB - 10-Jun-17 @ 4:51 PM
I am 17 years old, im in 1st year of college I am studying child care working toward studying health and social care. I am planning a life line of working towards being a social worker for children which live in a home trying to give out help and guide them down the right life line. I would like to do work experience in a business of children's home and was wondering if possible, as of I know this job isn't an easy job and you would see two different sides of life like some suffering and not having an family and just being there would be mean a lot knowing that your able to be there to make someone happy would mean a lot but yeah I guess like to know if I'm able to get a chance to try out for work experience thank you.
Chy chy - 8-Jan-17 @ 4:32 PM
I am nearly fifteen and I really want to be a care worker in a children's home for my work experience I do do healthand social care at school and it really interests me please get back to me asap
Gina - 25-Nov-16 @ 5:42 PM
Amylmosettig - Your Question:
Hey my names Amy and I'm 15 years old , I'm in year ten and at the end of the year I'm doing work experience, I want to work with kids and I know kids are a big responsibility but I've always wanted to work with children and care for them and ideas on what I could do?

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WorkingWithKids - 17-Nov-16 @ 12:27 PM
Hey my names Amy and I'm 15 years old , I'm in year ten and at the end of the year I'm doing work experience, I want to work with kids and I know kids are a big responsibility but I've always wanted to work with children and care for them and ideas on what I could do?
Amylmosettig - 16-Nov-16 @ 8:34 PM
Hello, Im Sammie. Im 15 Years old,In Year 10. Currently looking for work experience to do with foster care/Childrens care home as it fits the role of what i want to do in the future which is a social worker. However, I am having some Troubles looking for foster homes to take me into voluntary work as I understand it requires alot of responsibilities. But this would be perfect for experience and would very much enjoy it. I appreciate it. Thank You.
SammieLDN - 11-Nov-16 @ 7:31 PM
RA - Your Question:
Hi, I'm a Primary School teacher and I really want to go into a residential home one evening a week and help out. I've rung a couple of our local homes and they've said they're not doing voluntary work. Is there anyone I can contact for some info? Thanks

Our Response:
I can only suggest you look via the Do-It site here and search to see if any residential homes are requesting voluntary help.
WorkingWithKids - 26-Jul-16 @ 12:50 PM
Hi, I'm a Primary School teacher and I really want to go into a residential home one evening a week and help out. I've rung a couple of our local homes and they've said they're not doing voluntary work. Is there anyone I can contact for some info? Thanks
RA - 25-Jul-16 @ 5:58 PM
saint1 - Your Question:
I'm looking to get into a children's home I was in one myself 14 years ago and now I'm ready to give back how do I go about doing it like what qualifications I need and such like

Our Response:
Residential support workers look after the physical and mental wellbeing of children or vulnerable adults in care, see link here for more information on the qualifications you'd need. Plus see the family support worker link here for the same.
WorkingWithKids - 16-May-16 @ 2:45 PM
I'm looking to get into a children's home I was in one myself 14 years ago and now I'm ready to give back how do I go about doing it like what qualifications I need and such like
saint1 - 16-May-16 @ 10:05 AM
northern Si - Your Question:
I am now 48 years old and have a wealth of experince with abusive parents, care home's crime, prison, drugs and all the problems a child that come's through the care system will face when their time in care comes to an end and they are dumped in to the world to fend for them self's without a support network, such as parents and family. I have also now found out that I managed to survive all this as a man with Asperger. It has given me the chance to learn so much about the problems children like me will face and I think that it would help me to be able to help guide others that face these challenges. I understand how it feels, what it is that a child in this position needs and most importantly how to present and provide that help. I would be happy for the chance to save children that now face the life I faced form the pain that comes with and after a life in care. please send me some advise on how I can help

Our Response:
Firstly, I am glad you have come out of the other end of the care system and wish to help others in similar situations. Having gone through such experiences can be a great help in especially if you are considering volunteering. Child Autism may be able to help or at least point you in the right direction in trying to combine both of the elements you wish to work in, please see link: here . The council provides a wide range of support to people who have autism, aspergers or learning disabilities and there are many ways volunteers can add to and enhance their experience, so you may wish to also contact your council directly too. The Do-It site may also help here. Without the relevant social care qualifications, it is difficult to find paid positions in this capacity, but if you try volunteering first it may open doors and create opportunities in your chosen direction. Good luck.
WorkingWithKids - 20-Apr-16 @ 12:53 PM
I am now 48 years old and have a wealth of experince with abusive parents, care home's crime, prison, drugs and all the problems a child that come's through the care system will face when their time in care comes to an end and they are dumped in to the world to fend for them self's without a support network, such as parents and family. I have also now found out that i managed to survive all this as a man with Asperger. It has given me the chance to learn so much about the problems children like me will face and i think that it would help me to be able to help guide others that face these challenges. I understand how it feels, what it is that a child in this positionneeds and most importantly how to present and provide that help. I would be happy for the chance to save children that now face the life i faced form the pain that comes with and after a life in care . please send me some advise on how i can help
northern Si - 19-Apr-16 @ 11:20 AM
Lisa1971 - Your Question:
I am 44 yrs old and have been childminding of and on for 12yrs. I would like to volunteer in a children's home one daya week so would like to know who to contact. I live in Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 Area.Kind RegardsLisa.

Our Response:
Time Bank heremay help, as will the Childrens' Society, here, if they both can't help directly, they should be able to at least point you in the right direction. Do-It should help too as you can search for opportunities via your postcode, here. I hope these help.
WorkingWithKids - 21-Mar-16 @ 10:29 AM
I am 44 yrs old and have been childminding of and on for 12yrs. I would like to volunteer in a children's home one daya week so would like to know who to contact. I live in Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 Area. Kind Regards Lisa Boyle.
Lisa1971 - 20-Mar-16 @ 12:11 AM
dush - Your Question:
I would like to work in a children home but am a teacher is it possible

Our Response:
The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, has produced a leaflet; which gives a list of alternative careers to teachinghere and while AGCAS is based in Scotland, this gives a good overview of the different options which should help answer your question and help you to research further.
WorkingWithKids - 15-Mar-16 @ 10:45 AM
I would like to work in a children homebut am a teacher is it possible
dush - 14-Mar-16 @ 3:38 AM
Hi, I'm Olivia. I am 15 years old and I am looking to voulenteer in a children's home as long as it doesn't mean I have to travel a lot because that would be difficult. Also I have a disability myself, I have an amputated limb due to meningitis when I was 2. I would very much like to work with children and help them through their tough situations. I would like to know if I'm able to do that. Thank you
Pegleg - 12-Mar-16 @ 2:29 PM
AJ - Your Question:
Hi, I am a female of 13 almost 14 years. I have been interested in working in this department for many years, I was wondering if you could give me any sefull links and ideas on what to choose for my GCSE's.Thank you for taking time to read this ~Aisling

Our Response:
The National Careers site for a Residential Support Worker, here may help. It will tell you what qualifications you will need and it also lists similar jobs if this is not what you are looking for. I hope this helps.
WorkingWithKids - 17-Dec-15 @ 2:21 PM
hi, i am a female of 13 almost 14 years. I have been interested in working in this department for many years, i was wondering if you could give me any sefull links and ideas on what to choose for my GCSE's. Thank you for taking time to read this ~Aisling
AJ - 16-Dec-15 @ 8:18 PM
nice - Your Question:
I am female of 44 yrs with two teenagers who had disabilities.i am staff nurse two years experience I would like to run my own cretch for. Children living with disabilities where to start

Our Response:
I have included a link to our partner article: Start a Creche from Home? here. With regards to starting a creche for disabled children, the contacts included may be able to point you in the right direction as you will invariably need a lot more back-up/support,experienced staff and facilities, than a standard creche. I hope this helps.
WorkingWithKids - 2-Sep-15 @ 10:30 AM
I am female of 44 yrs with two teenagers who had disabilities .i am staff nurse two years experience i would like to run my own cretch for. Children living with disabilities where to start
nice - 1-Sep-15 @ 2:03 AM
@Neen - I have included a link to the National Careers Service here which should give you more information and a series of related careers to see which suits you the best. I hope this helps.
WorkingWithKids - 13-Jul-15 @ 11:58 AM
Hi there I am 43 years old I have 5 children eldest bng 26 youngest being twins at14 and 3 grandchildren with much life experience in most childrens problems during the transitions through adolescent years and beyond , I currently work as a pre school practitioner which I have done for 2 years love the job and am very happy although have a longing to work with older children whom I feel I could help I am qualifiedlevel 3 in CYPW and have my paediatrics first aid and safeguarding would I be able to go into residential care homes with these qualifications and experience or would I need more ?? Quick response would be very much appreciated . Thankyou
Neen - 10-Jul-15 @ 12:30 PM
Just browsing looking at vacancies and again I see someone use the term 'damaged' in their description of the children, people should think before they write because as someone who has been a looked after child before this comment is disgusting. Surely troubled, disturbed or unsettled would be a better term to use, please think before you post people. Extremely damaged just seems so blunt !!!!
BC - 5-Mar-15 @ 1:24 AM
I have been working in a therapeutic children's home for over a year now it is a rewarding job but extremely stressful to as the children you will be working with are extremely damaged and present some extreme behaviour.. Most homes require you to work 24 hour shifts and require you to do sleep ins or waking nights. Most homes require you to have a level 3 in children and young people's workforce or equivalent but also require you to do online training on a regular basis. To apply for this position simply contact individual care companies and enquire if they have any vacancies. Hope this information is of use.
Jp - 3-Feb-15 @ 10:57 PM
@Elliott - apart from the iniformation in the article, I have included a link to the National Careers Service here which gives information on the qualifications to become a residential support worker. I hope this helps.
WorkingWithKids - 23-Jan-15 @ 10:54 AM
Hi I am 18 and just about to finish school. I have a real interest towards working with children and young adults in care. This is an area which I would like to work in when I leave school, however I am unsure of what qualifications are needed for this line of work. I would be really grateful if you could get back to me with some information.
Elliott - 22-Jan-15 @ 1:10 PM
I would like to work in a children home that would be my dream job for me I got kids of my own. I work with special need kids at a school. I been working there for 15 year but it now time to move on enjoy working with kids. I always work with kids. Leading how to talk and help them with they food and to go toilet
none - 11-Jan-15 @ 9:34 PM
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