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Routeway into Working in our children's homes

A course that will develop your knowledge of the responsibilities of Residential Support Workers, the diverse needs of the children and young people using the services and other important factors such as safeguarding.


We care for children and young people across the county. Some children and young people need the support of our dedicated and highly skilled residential carers, particularly those who cannot live at home or who enjoy a short break in our home for those with additional needs. We currently provide this care in ten children's homes across the county and offer a range of different services. Ofsted inspections will frequently comment on our experienced, highly motivated teams who go the extra mile to ensure the best possible outcomes for children.

Who the course is for

This course is suitable for those who are looking to work in, or widen their knowledge of, working with children and young people. You will bring patience and emotional resilience, empathy, and determination to the role, but most of all you will have the outstanding aspiration for the children and young people in our care.    

What you will learn

The course is split into nine manageable units:

  • principles of communication in children's social care settings
  • principles of personal development in children's social care settings
  • principles of diversity, equality, and inclusion in children's social care
  • principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • understand the role of social care worker
  • understand the person-centre approaches in childrn's social care settings
  • understand health and safety in social care settings
  • understand how to handle information in social care settings

How you will learn

Where appropriate we will offer classroom-based training supplemented by home study and elearning supported by our tutors. You will be assessed by your tutor using a variety of methods including, portfolio of evidence, written assignments and an independent study task. There are no exams - just assessments!


  • Employability skills, employability and personal development including interview skills and preparation for work. 
  • Employment opportunities with a guaranteed interview for a position of Residential Support Worker.  
  • Free Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • Establish a long-standing career pathway within the sector.

The nine units will provide knowledge of the development of children, rights of the child, and how to develop positive relationships with young people to support the achievement of health and wellbeing. 

Course starting dates and times

Routeway into Working in our children's homes
VenueDayTimeStart DateNumber of weeks
OnlineTuesday and Wednesday9.30am - 3.00pm13 September 20226
Stanley Civic HallTuesday and Wednesday9.30am - 3.00pm8 November 20226
OnlineTuesday and Wednesday9.30am - 3.00pm10 January 20236
Peterlee Pavilion (still tbc)Tuesday and Wednesday9.30am - 3.00pm28 February 20235
OnlineTuesday and Wednesday9.30am - 3.00pm18 April 20236
St Paul's, SpennymoorTuesday and Wednesday9.30am - 3.00pm6 June 20236

To book this course, please contact us.


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