At Pebbles Care we place a significant priority in empowering ourselves within the latest theory and skill-sets so we can always offer those in our Care the highest standards of Care and support.
We have invested in our own Learning & Development Centres, so we can provide our team with both recognised and bespoke learning and development opportunities to address the evolving levels of need associated to young people in matters including mental health, child sexual exploitation and safeguarding.
As well as our own space we have Learning and Development managers for both Scotland and England, Dawn McCarthy and Michelle Hamilton who work closely with our Senior Management Team and Service Managers to ensure we are continually achieving outstanding levels of support for young people.
Everything we do is about creating brighter futures – and this applies to our great team as well.
We work together with our staff on a development plan that maximises their potential and brings out their best. Promoting best practice and good quality care and support, our staff development strategy ensures professional training is given to team, providing the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake their roles and tasks to meet the needs of our children and young people. As each child or young person is an individual with individual needs, we offer a wide variety of learning and development and bespoke training to ensure our care home staff can provide appropriate care, help and support competently and confidently. All aspects of child and young people’s care are delivered to staff through a comprehensive induction process and identified mandatory training subjects which are all based around the policy and procedure of our organisation.
Reflective practice is a big part of how we work. Team meetings and monthly supervisions with house managers are structured with learning at the heart. This means staff will always have the chance to learn from their colleagues and share experiences too. The annual appraisal process empowers staff to highlight areas where they would like to progress and identify any training needs that will help them reach their goals. Staff can receive performance-based rewards through our review process.
Pebbles offers its great team a ladder to success and excellent career progression opportunities. We take great pride in nurturing talent and believe that working with those who are invested within our vision and values sustains a culture and consistency of practice that benefits our young people.
Funding is available for staff to achieve the qualifications required for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council: SVQ Levels 3 & 4 in Health & Social Care at SCQF level 7 plus ‘HNC Social Services’(Scotland) and Residential Childcare Level 3 (England) and staff can apply for further support if they would like to complete further career development.
We believe in nurturing talent and identifying skills in staff that can be utilised.
Our practice centres on meeting the needs of young people and we are committed to a continual journey of self-improvement in line with the current and emerging needs of young people and our partner authorities. Through building close relationships with like-minded organisations we continually re-evaluate our service provision and have up-skilled particular teams to offer specialised provisions for young people with Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) considerations as well as young people who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
‘Since starting with the company just over a year ago, I have attended mandatory training sessions as well as bespoke training events such as Barnardo’s CSE training. I have started work on my SVQ award and have found the support and guidance from my manager, colleagues and training manager to be invaluable. I feel my knowledge, skills and understanding of young people, the issues they have faced, and management of behaviour and emotions has increased, and I have applied this learning into practice.’