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Caldecott Careers

Whatever your role, if you work at the Caldecott Foundation you are part of a team helping some of the most traumatised and vulnerable children to rebuild their lives.

We believe that positive relationships are the foundation for everything we want to achieve and so people are our most important resource. We invest heavily in training and developing our staff and provide opportunities for you to progress your career in a number of directions including teaching, social work, therapy and management.

Our commitment to our staff has been recognised by Ofsted in a recent inspection report, “Leaders and managers offer an exceptionally supportive environment for staff. The organisation is a learning environment. There is fantastic support for staff to ensure that they have all the support and training to undertake their roles. Staff have access to therapeutic practice workshops, supervision, appraisal and ongoing training”, Ofsted Inspection Report, January 2018.

Our Promise To You

We place a high value on integrity and we promise that the information on this page and in all of our communications with you will be truthful. We are not an organisation that will promise you the world on our website and then deliver very little once you walk through the door.

Why work for Caldecott

We understand that people looking for a job with us will be at various different stages of their lives. Some will be looking to start a career, some to make a change and others to take the next step in their development. Whatever stage you are at when you join us we will provide you with the support and training to help you achieve your goals.

All of our staff are committed to achieving the best outcomes for the young people in our care. However, we recognise that a sense of purpose and pride in your work won’t pay the rent, help you buy a house or put food on your family’s table.

We value all our staff and regardless of your role we offer a competitive package of benefits which will of course depend on your level of experience and qualifications. However, as an example, a new unqualified member of our residential care team will receive:

  • A permanent contract We believe that a stable employment for our staff helps create a stable environment for our children*
    A permanent contract We believe that a stable employment for our staff helps create a stable environment for our children*
  • Competitive salary A competitive starting salary which rises as you complete training.
    Competitive salary A competitive starting salary which rises as you complete training.
  • 30 days annual leave We offer a 30 day holiday package (includes bank holidays)
    30 days annual leave We offer a 30 day holiday package (includes bank holidays)
  • 12 workshops programme A comprehensive programme of induction including 12 workshops led by a member of our in-house therapy team.
    12 workshops programme A comprehensive programme of induction including 12 workshops led by a member of our in-house therapy team.
  • Funding for diploma Funding for your Diploma Level 3 in Residential Child Care – all we ask is that you sign our standard learning agreement.
    Funding for diploma Funding for your Diploma Level 3 in Residential Child Care – all we ask is that you sign our standard learning agreement.
  • Matched pension scheme Up to 5% matched contribution towards your pension through our company stakeholder scheme.
    Matched pension scheme Up to 5% matched contribution towards your pension through our company stakeholder scheme.

*Unlike many providers these days 95% of our care staff are on a permanent contract (at July 2017). The 5% on casual contracts are mostly very experienced staff who, for personal reasons, prefer the flexibility of a casual contract.

Do you have a Diploma in Residential Child Care?

If you do already have the Diploma Level 3 in Residential Child Care then we want to hear from you. We believe that you will love working for us and we promise to value your experience through enhanced benefits including a higher starting salary and depending on your level of experience you may also be offered the opportunity to undertake further training to progress your career.

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Opportunities At Caldecott

Case Study

“I started working at The Caldecott Foundation in 2006 as a Residential Care Worker. I absolutely loved working in the residential homes and found the job to be challenging, yet incredibly rewarding. I particularly enjoyed being a key worker and all of the responsibilities that came with it. Seeing a child grow from the start of their placement until the time comes for them to move on is very special.

During my time working in the homes, I progressed from a Residential Care Worker to Senior Residential Care Worker and then to Deputy Manager. At this point in my career I realised my passion for training and development and was supported by the organisation to transfer over to the support services as the Diploma Assessor. My role has since evolved with the support and encouragement of my line managers and I am
now the Service Development Manager within the senior management team.

Caldecott was my first professional role following university and I had limited practical experience of working with looked after children. With the mentoring and support I received, I am proud of my career and what I have achieved within the organisation. I believe that Caldecott has not only nurtured my professional development, but also been a secure base from which I have grown as a person.”

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