The cornerstone of Caritas Homes philosophy is to provide a safe, loving and stable family environment where all children’s welfare and health is promoted, they are cared for, and nurtured in a manner that encourages them to develop positively, believe in themselves and their aspirations: Anything is possible.

We provide a working culture that supports and enables well-being, learning and growth for our staff team and the children placed with us.

 

We believe that each member of our community has inherent potential, is valuable, resourceful and can make a meaningful contribution to our working environment.

Through our in-house Emotional Literacy Support programme (ESLP) our staff team are trained to educate young people in developing their awareness around specific topics, with access to emotional literacy tools to support their behaviours.  Through the ESL programme, staff develop their knowledge and understanding of social and emotional needs; they enhance their skill level in be able to plan and implement a range of bespoke interventions, which strengthens their confidence to be able to support vulnerable young people. It is through this community programme that Staff will help our young people to recognise and manage their emotions, help raise their self-esteem, as well as improve peer relationships. 

Notably, we understand that some of our children may have experienced extreme early life trauma and may come with some form of attachment difficulties which needs specialist support, and this is provided through our specialist alternative therapy team. We understand that early intervention is essential in helping young people manage the challenges around their mental health, and for them to be successful in navigating their way around life’s challenges.

 

To help strengthen resilience, our young people are encouraged to try new experiences and activities. Our staff team promote regular activities and encourage healthy living choices for all children in our care. All young people will be encouraged to take part in a large variety of sports, hobbies and new experiences, helping build a young person’s identity and enhancing their self-esteem. 

Developing a strong community around children placed with us is of utmost importance and so the health and well-being of our Staff team is paramount in providing the service that our young people deserve. We have a dedicated Health and Well-being service that works closely with the Staff team to monitor the welfare of everyone in our community. 

 

Staff have regular supervision with access to therapeutic services within the company, as and when they need the extra support. Just as our young people are encouraged to try new experiences and activities, our Staff are expected to engage with young people to get involved as role models. Our Staff team have links to different sports activities within the local area and have access to a local health club. Staff receive monthly newsletters with local and national information, to educate on how to stay safe and well at work, as well as keep up to date with the Caritas community. We operate an open-door policy, and every concern is taken seriously so that our community feels supported and cared for.