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Residential Child Care Worker

As a Residential Childcare worker, you’ll provide person-centred care for children and young people.

A residential child care worker helping a child make pancakes

Being a Residential Child Care Worker 

You’ll provide a kind, caring and fun place to live, helping the children and young people thrive. You’ll help them achieve positive outcomes and give them a sense of stability and security.

You’ll work as part of a team and support management to ensure that day to day operations are completed. You may also be required to attend meetings with educational settings, the Police, Social Workers and other agencies.

You can also progress to become a Senior Child Care Worker, Deputy Manager or Manager of the residential home.

About the workplace 

Residential children’s homes are also known as children’s homes. They’re a place where children and young people can live if they cannot be at home with their own families.

Getting started as a Residential Child Care Worker 

To be successful in this role, you’ll need:

  • to enjoy working with children and young people
  • good communication, including verbal and listening skills
  • a caring, supportive and patient nature
  • motivation and determination
  • the ability to adapt to challenging and changing situations
  • confidence around children, young people and adults
  • the ability to develop positive relationships
  • to be a good team player.

Required Qualifications 

Find out more information on qualifications for this role with Social Care Wales. 

You will also need to be registered with Social Care Wales. You can apply to register or search the register online.

Training programmes

If you’re considering a career in care, we have a range of training programmes available to help you get started.

Find a job in care

If you’re thinking of a career in care, take a look at our jobs board to get an idea of the type of roles available.