Established in 1870 St Christopher’s is one of the leading providers of services for children and young people in the voluntary sector. As a registered charity, we work across the UK and the Isle of Man running successful residential and fostering services.
We are a child-focused organisation that places young people at the centre of everything we do. Our six values run through all of our work: caring, honest, respectful, professional, flexible and creative.
The principles of social pedagogy shape our philosophy of care. This is a holistic approach that centres around building positive relationships with young people to bring out their full potential. Young people really feel the benefits of this – they say that staff understand them better, which means they can trust them more. They are supported by staff to try things for themselves and learn from their experiences, even if it means making some mistakes along the way.
We use the internationally benchmarked Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire and Attachment Style Interviews to create tailored care plans for young people and the quality of our care is guaranteed through external evaluation by the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies at Middlesex University. No other provider works with these tools in such an enmeshed way to get better outcomes for young people.
At St Christopher’s staff continually develop their skills and knowledge through our comprehensive training programmes. We run core induction training for new starters and we are rolling out social pedagogy training across all of our services. We invest heavily in our staff because we value them – without them, we wouldn’t be able to make a difference to so many young people’s lives.
Young people are supported to develop their skills too so that they will be prepared for living independently as adults. They can earn AQA awards in things like budgeting, cooking and travelling alone, which are nationally recognised qualifications that support them to secure employment, training or places in education.
Participation is key to what we do. Young people in our care are always encouraged and supported to have their say, whether it’s in giving feedback on the way their home is run or contributing to government reports on the future of children’s services. We want them to know that their opinions are valued and that we’re always ready to listen and act.
If you’re looking for a social care career where you can have a real impact and the opportunity for professional development come and work for St Christopher’s. View a full list of vacancies now.