Working in our specialist residential service
We are committed to providing a homely, nurturing and supportive environment where children can recover their self-esteem and rebuild relationships of trust with adults who will are ambitious for them and who will enable them to access all possible life opportunities they deserve.
Our standing is reinforced by being a ‘social enterprise’; we are driven by social objectives and the surplus we make is reinvested into the services we provide for children and the teams who support them.
The residential homes provide a nurturing environment for children who are referred to us by local authorities who value our expertise. We provide a range of solo, group living and emergency services around the country – all our homes are well-appointed, part of their local community and are safe, comfortable and respectful of the children and their needs. In every home, the team supporting children work on a rota which includes shifts and night sleeping.
Consistency in daily routines is key to create a safe and predictable environment for our children and therefore our team members must be well-organised, committed to safe routines and be responsible role models – demonstrating good parenting and positive relationships. All our teams run our homes in the same way as any larger family home – we have the same routines, mealtimes, cleaning and maintaining responsibilities and perform them to the highest standard.
Our children deserve adults who can commit to being part of their lives and who will support them over time and not perpetuate negative experiences they may have. Team members bring with them their own diversity of life and experiences and this enriches the lives of children through introduction of new interests such as adventurous activities, arts and crafts, traditional sports, cookery, dance, animal husbandry and other outdoor and indoor pursuits.
We have a range of roles working across our services for children starting with Residential Support workers where we have both trainee and qualified roles and moving through the structure to Team Leaders, Deputy Managers and Registered Managers. We have a range of support roles to the residential services and these include; Referrals and Placements Officers, Quality and Compliance Co-Ordinators and Part-time Support Workers. The team works together at the highest possible level in a supportive and consistent way with the focus placed upon the children in our care. We support our children within an integrated structure through education, assessment, therapy and community-based activities.
Five Rivers has invested in the support of highly-qualified clinicians and experts to advise, train and support our staff as they develop their skills and abilities to progress a career in children’s social care. We place a high value on learning experiences for our team members and all will receive a full induction and ongoing training and qualification progression.
Residential childcare is a wonderful opportunity to provide children with life experiences that will improve and enhance their outcomes. The adults who share in this journey are valued, professional individuals who share in and create positive memories for children and for themselves.
We know how demanding and challenging our work can be. We value our people and want to recognise and reward you for the work you to. Some of your rewards and benefits include:
On-going training and learning: we have a dedicated learning and development team who are committed to sourcing and delivering up to date, quality training opportunities. We continually look at new learning initiatives to make sure we’re providing the best continuing professional development we can. We also prioritise and discuss your personal training goals to ensure you’re getting the most out of your career.
Simply Health Cashback Scheme: you will automatically be enrolled into the Simply Health Cash Plan scheme which means you can claim back the cost of your everyday healthcare appointments. The membership also allows you free, immediate access to a 24/7 GP telephone helpline.
Employee discount scheme: we value you, so we offer you access to a free online platform called Perkbox. The employee discount scheme gives you exclusive access to discounts and freebies.
Employee assistance programme: we know how demanding our lives can be and that life ins’t always plain sailing, so we take great care in supporting and caring for you. You will automatically have access to free, confidential, 24/7 counselling.
Long service and recognition scheme: We appreciate the invaluable contribution our employees make, so we recognise and reward loyal service. Our recognition scheme provides additional holiday entitlement for length of service and financial recognition for ten years and above.
A competitive salary in line with your skills and experience:
Annual leave allowance: we appreciate how important it is to have a break. We offer a generous annual leave allowance which increases with your length of service.
Refer a friend financial incentive scheme: we know how important having the right workforce is and we’re confident your network includes professionals who could bring expertise and experience to our work. We offer financial rewards for successful appointments to our staff from your network
Our experienced, self-motivated staff work in a caring, supportive environment with a shared vision for how we can achieve our mission to turn children’s lives around. Our teams are forward thinking and ambitious; we are all striving for excellence. Committed to providing high-quality, stable foster homes, we work with integrity and show a strong commitment to improving the outcomes for looked-after children. We take an adaptable approach to our work and we’re always respectful of one another.
Craig, Sessional Residential Child Care Worker
Craig is a Sessional Residential Child Care Worker at one of our Residential homes in the North of England. Craig is part of a team providing a safe, nurturing and enriching sanctuary, where children can reclaim their childhood and reach their full potential.
How long have you worked at a Five Rivers residential care provision?
Since it opened in 2014! I was one of the original staff members, nervously sitting in a room full of strangers wondering what was in store for me. I’m proud of what we have achieved in that time!
What’s the best thing about your job?
I’ve really enjoyed watching the young people grow and progress, slowly but surely during the time they live here. I’ve also enjoyed the camaraderie and the learning that the staff and young people have shared together since we began.
What do you do to relax?
I like to strap a wooden plank to my feet and ride it down hills – also called “Snowboarding”. I recently went to Glenshee in Scotland and had a great time in the mountains there!
“I joined Five Rivers Child Care as a trainee Residential Child Care Worker in one of our homes and I was then promoted to Shift Leader, then Key Worker. I was then offered the opportunity to apply and be interviewed for Senior Child Care Worker, followed by Deputy Manager, and I was successful in both posts. I have always enjoyed the management side of things and I want to support the staff as well as the young people we work with. I have seen lots of other people progressing and getting opportunities in our Residential service.
You have to be fully committed – it’s not a job you can leave behind. It’s important to be focused on achieving good outcomes for young people, not just “doing something good”; working here is a lot more than that! When you see the progression of a young person and how you can support them into a much more positive lifestyle, that in itself makes it all worthwhile.”