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“It was time to step out of my comfort zone”

A career in children’s social care is one filled with opportunities to learn and develop, challenges to overcome, and chances to have a positive impact on young people’s lives.

Leoni has ten years’ experience in the sector and was looking for the next step in her career. Here she explains what St Christopher’s offered.

What attracted you to your new role?

It was about time to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself. The semi-independent home manager post was a great opportunity to learn new skills and put everything I have learnt over the last ten years into practice.

What have been the main differences in this role to your previous one?

Working 9-5 rather than shifts took quite some getting used to. Finding the right balance to give the best care to our young people, supporting the staff and keeping a good rapport with the local authority are also new parts of the role.

What things have helped you to settle in?

A fantastic, dedicated and motivated team. The support from other semi-independent home managers, the therapeutic team and my manager have really helped. Having people to talk things through with is really helpful.

Has there been anything that has surprised you about the job?

How much I still have to learn as I go along!

What would you say to someone who is considered a career at St Christopher’s?

Go for it. I have had several different roles within St Christopher’s and I think that’s what kept me committed and dedicated. When you feel you need a change just speak to your management and look at other opportunities in the organisation. All my managers have always been very supportive and this line of work can be very demanding at times, so it’s a good way to keep motivated.

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