Training is given the utmost priority by staff and management within our service. We provide induction training in line with The Children’s Workforce Development Council for trainee/new staff and this is focused on for the first 6 months of employment. We provide a wide range of in house training of topics such as self harm, communication skills, lifestory and direct work and supervision skills. Alongside this, staff complete all statutory training inline with Ofsted requirements.

Senior staff hold a number of relevant qualifications including the NVQ Level 4 in Management of Care Services, The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care and Children and Young Peoples Services, ILM Awards in First Line Management and a BA in Social Work.

Residential Care Workers either hold the NVQ 3 in Health and Social Care or the Children and Young People’s Workforce Diploma Level 3, Social Care Pathway which replaced the NVQ 3 in April 2011. From April 2015 residential care workers will undertake the new qualification, the Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare. Senior staff will continue with ILM Awards in Management and Managers will be required to undertake the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare.

All CSFC staff follow an individual Qualifications Pathway plan and Personal Development Plan and we are committed to the development of the individual staff member in all aspects of their personal and professional development. We actively encourage staff to investigate training opportunities within the wider community and fund appropriate courses. We currently hold the Investors in People Award, most recently renewed in May 2013, where our commitment to training and development has been noted.

We are able to provide student placements within our company and have previously provided a number of successful placements for students from Winchester, Buckinghamshire and Brunel Universities. To register your interest in a student placement with us then please contact us (see contact page.)

"Social Workers comment extremely positively on the service that is provided and the progress that young people have made."
OFSTED - 2013