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Find out more about being a Social Pedagogy Practitioner

We have reached an exciting point in our journey – our team has been working to launch Lighthouse’s first not-for-profit children’s home, which will support up to six 12-18 year olds. In 2021, we will be recruiting a diverse team of 11 Social Pedagogy Practitioners and 2 Senior Social Pedagogy Practitioners to work in the home, who have varying life experiences, skills and strengths.

Difference is one of our core values, and we strive to take the broadest possible view of diversity. We value people from all backgrounds – by this we mean ethnicity, gender, age, and any other visible or invisible quality that makes you unique. We welcome that every person brings their own perspective and experience to our children’s homes, to contribute to our vision.

We hire for potential, so we encourage applications from people who feel they may not meet every aspect of the person specification. We welcome applications from people with lived experience of issues affecting children in care and their families.

The role

As a Social Pedagogy Practitioner, you will ensure that children in our home receive the best care possible and have the same opportunities as everyone else. You will work closely with their families to strengthen relationships and help them to achieve their potential.

You will build strong relationships with young people on an individual and group basis, engaging in fun and practical activities with them. You will support them on their journey through their teenage years, help them figure out their future plans, and work towards their goals. You will help keep them safe and act as an advocate and role model for them. You will work with young people, their families, your team and partner agencies to achieve this.

We will provide you with comprehensive training, and support you to achieve professional qualifications in social pedagogy within your first two years of employment.

About you

We are looking for people who are committed to working with young people in care, and want to encourage and help them to reach their goals. We are looking for enthusiastic team players, who have a positive attitude, a willingness to get stuck in, and the determination to make our first home a success!

We believe it is important that our first home has a family-feel and that we create an inclusive culture, so you will need to be a good listener and an active participant. We are looking for people who are kind and caring, honest and reliable, and can be good advocates and role models for our children. You will be responsible for safeguarding young people and put their safety and wellbeing first. You will need to find the balance between being warm, friendly and supportive, while also being professional and acting as a good parent would to hold boundaries and put young people’s best interests first. We want people who can bring fun ideas and activities to help better connect and form strong relationships with our young people, and enjoy going out and about in the community to explore new things together.

All of our children have varying needs, so you will need to be patient, understanding and empathetic to our children, as well as supportive and helpful to your team members. Every day in a children’s home is different, and at times, because of different underlying experiences, their behaviour can be challenging. You will need to look beyond their behaviour and work out why they might be feeling that way. You will need to be resilient and to try again when there are setbacks. You will need to be able to adapt your approach depending on the situation, reflect and learn for the next time.

We are a new home, so we are looking for people who are committed to building up a new home and growing with us over time.

If this sounds like the kind of role you would be interested in, we will be holding recruitment events in the first few months of 2021, where you will be able to find out more.

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