Our mission is to create brighter futures for children and young people. We do this by providing fostering, residential and support services where children and young people can feel safe and cared for. We support them to make positive relationships which give them the confidence to succeed.
A young person’s experience of St Christopher’s is shaped by many things, but the most important thing is their relationships with our staff. They are caring, fun and never give up on the young people they work with.
That’s why we place a lot of importance on looking after our staff. Without them, we wouldn’t be St Christopher’s and we wouldn’t be able to make a difference to children’s lives. We look after you so that you are excited to come to work every single day.
What employee benefits are available?
St Christopher’s offers competitive salaries that are benchmarked against the sector and annually reviewed by our teams.
There are incremental pay scales for all members of staff working directly with young people so that your salary increases as your skills develop through our training and development opportunities, and a pension scheme with workplace contributions.
Each year we will cover the cost of your Disclosure and Barring Service check so you can continue working with young people.
The Academy offers structured pathways for you to develop your skills and expertise so you can reach your full professional potential.
If you are new to children’s social care, this will start with our Entry Pathway to support you through your initial training and induction. After this you can move onto a career pathway that suits your goals.
When you start working with us, you can access cycling vouchers and a season ticket loan to help you with living costs.
You can use our discount shopping scheme, BlueLight, to save money at hundreds of retailers in store and online across the UK.
Bupa Employee Assistance is also available to offer counselling, financial advice and legal support, whenever you need it.
Working in children’s social care can be challenging, so we invest in our staff’s wellbeing and happiness.
Our therapeutic team works within all our services to ensure you are looking after yourself and can therefore provide excellent care and support to children and young people.
Your annual leave entitlement increases with the number of years you work at St Christopher’s and we strongly encourage staff to use their time off– we understand how important it is to look after yourself.
One of the key elements of social pedagogy, which underlines everything we do, is about having fun with young people and taking part in new activities together.
You’ll have the opportunity to try things like rock climbing, gardening and pottery, as well as get involved in longer term projects like joining our football team.
If you’re around at mealtimes in some of our services then you can join in at the table too like in any other family home.
Each year our children’s homes go on a summer holiday that you can go on too –it’s a great experience for our young people and staff always really enjoy themselves.