Senior Social Pedagogy Practitioner

Place of work: Sutton, London
Hours of work: 40 hours per week, full-time
Salary: £30,000
Closing date: Sunday 20 June 2021

Applications for this role have now closed. To fill out an expression of interest for future roles, please fill out our enquiry form here

As a Senior 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 support the manager and deputy manager to provide supervision, leadership and role modelling of best practice to the staff team and to develop a positive nurturing culture in the home. You will contribute to the monitoring, evaluation and development of the service and assist the manager and deputy manager in identifying opportunities for improvement and growth.

You will build strong relationships with young people on an individual and group basis. You will take a lead role with young people and the staff team in planning and participating in a programme of activities to support young people’s wellbeing and development. 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 assist the manager and deputy in ensuring effective multi-agency working on behalf of young people and representing and promoting the service to external organisations.

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!

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  • Benefits
  • Impact
  • Training
  • FAQs
  • Recruitment Process
  • Competencies
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Benefits

  • Be part of the mission with a group of people with a shared vision and commitment to young people
  • Join an organisation with a strong ethos centred on social pedagogy – a holistic, multi-disciplinary, strengths-based approach focused on relationships, empowerment, learning and wellbeing
  • Learn about social pedagogy, complete training and gain transferable skills and well-recognised qualifications, funded by Lighthouse
  • Be part of a friendly, supportive and inclusive workplace, where you can bring your whole self to work and share your interests with the young people in the home
  • Have opportunities for career development and progression as we expand
  • Work in a state-of-the-art children’s home designed by architects and young people, and recently refurbished to have a warm ‘family-feel’
  • A starting salary of £28,000 for Social Pedagogy Practitioners, increasing to £30,000 for our Senior Social Pedagogy Practitioners, and £35,000 for our Deputy Managers
  • 28 days annual leave per year, increasing to 33 days after 5 years, plus bank holidays
  • Enjoy additional benefits from Catch22, our partner organisation

Impact

We know that children in residential care have poor outcomes – for example, only 4% get ‘good’ GCSEs (DfE, 2014), 62% of children in children’s homes have a mental health condition (DfE, 2014) and about half of young offenders are care leavers (Prison Reform Trust, 2016).

At Lighthouse, we believe that children in care should have the same opportunities as everyone else, and that our unique approach will enable this and support them to thrive. We are working to create safe, stable placements for children in a place that feels like home. Education is at the top of our list of priorities to help young people achieve their goals. We believe social pedagogy provides an excellent basis for supporting children who live in residential care. We want the very best people working with the most vulnerable children.

We are working to improve the lives of young people, but also to change the wider perception of residential care, and how the bigger system functions. You can be part of our journey to positively impact the children you work with, and the system you work in.

Training

At Lighthouse we do things differently. Our number one focus is the well-being of children and young people, so our training and development is focused on helping you understand how to best connect with and support children and young people in care.

Our accredited training programme is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge you will need to be an excellent social pedagogy practitioner.

Initial Training

When you start with us, you begin several weeks of training where you will be introduced to the theory and practice of social pedagogy-informed residential care. During the training you will participate in a variety of sessions and activities delivered by Lighthouse staff and external organisations.

Lighthouse Diploma in Social Pedagogy (Year 1 and 2)

Social Pedagogy is an established discipline in most European countries and is just taking off in the UK. During our training you will learn the methods, approaches and practices needed to become a social pedagogy practitioner.

Our training has been developed in partnership with leading social pedagogy training providers and academic organisations.

Year 3

Once you have completed your first two years with us, you can continue as a practitioner in our homes, take on more responsibility in our organisation, or continue your training and become a children’s home manager in one of our homes or beyond. If you decide to move on, you will leave with recognised skills and qualifications that will set you up for a great career.

Recruitment Process

There are four stages to our recruitment process:

1) Online application
1st June – 20th June 2021
You will need to complete an online application form. The team will be shortlisting applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as you are ready to do so.

2) Telephone conversation
Mid to Late June 2021
If your online application is successful, you will have an informal telephone conversation with a member of the Lighthouse team to talk through the role in more detail and to answer any questions you might have at this stage.

3) Online interviews
Late June to mid-July 2021
Following the telephone conversation, you will be invited to attend an online interview. These are made up of a competency-based panel interview and situational judgement test.

4) Assessment day
July 2021 (dates tbc)
If you are successful at the interview stage, you will be invited to the final round assessment day. This stage includes individual and group activities. We are planning to hold the assessment centres in person, but may do them online depending on Covid-19. We will let you know by end of July 2021 whether you have been successful.

Start in role
We are currently planning for staff to start in role in October 2021. We will be in contact with candidates throughout the recruitment process to confirm start dates.

Competencies

Our competencies have been developed in partnership with residential care staff and young people, and are the foundations that help us to recruit great staff.

Building relationships with young people: You enjoy spending time with young people and empower them to discover their own potential.

Safeguarding: You take responsibility for keeping young people safe and put their needs first.

Resilience and commitment: You are patient, solutions-focused and you persevere through challenging times.

Reflection and learning: You are able to reflect on practice, and you are open to learning.

Team work: You collaborate effectively with others to achieve goals.

Communication: You communicate clearly, taking time to understand other people’s thoughts and feelings, and you can adapt the way you communicate in different situations.

Problem-solving: You find solutions by building relationships with others, being adaptable, resourceful and willing to learn.

Leadership and integrity: You behave ethically, taking responsibility and role modelling your values in practice.

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Before applying

Commitment to Safer Recruitment

  • At Lighthouse we are committed to safeguarding all children and young people in our care. As part of our recruitment process we conduct rigorous checks and vetting of all applicants in line with legal and regulatory requirements, and best practice. You will be asked to complete a criminal conviction self-disclosure form as part of the recruitment process.
  • This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (police records) check, including overseas police checks where necessary. Please note that this post is exempt from the limitations of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, and as such all previous cautions and convictions will need to be disclosed as part of any application.
  • For further information about the process please visit the gov.uk website here: https://www.gov.uk/dbs-check-applicant-criminal-record

How to apply

  • Our application form covers your work history, training and qualifications, as well as some key questions about you and your experience. You can save it and come back to it later.
  • You will need to select which role you are applying for. You can only apply for one role, but if we believe your application may be a strong fit for another role we will contact you.
  • If you need any adjustments to the application process to be able to take part, for whatever reason, please contact us to discuss how we could make things easier for you by emailing recruitment@lighthousechildrenshomes.org.uk.