Witherslack Group

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Witherslack Group is the UK’s leading children’s home provider with the highest percentage of homes rated ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. We’re also the number one provider of specialist education and care for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs, communication difficulties, ADHD and complex learning needs. 

Our goal is to optimise life opportunities for those in our care, giving confidence to parents, carers and local authorities. We offer state-of-the-art facilities, and our high staffing ratios help ensure each individual receives the attention they need to achieve the best they can.

By offering support, care and acceptance, we help young people to develop as individuals, equipped with the knowledge, experience and life skills to look to the future with increased confidence and aspiration. We are truly proud of the role we play in changing lives for the better.

The Home Environment

Walk into a Witherslack Group home, and you’ll instantly see that it’s a place of inspiration. That’s the idea: to inspire confidence, imagination and the desire to learn.

We want our homes to be full of activity, new experiences, fun and laughter. To help bring our young people’s imaginations to life, the team in the home have all kinds of interests – skilled cooks, film buffs, musicians, outdoors types and more. It’s all about encouraging our young people to broaden their horizons and live life to the full.

Day-to-day activity varies, but it’s centred around supporting our young people with their homework, encouraging them as they take on new challenges and helping them to develop emotionally. The people working in our homes take pride in what they do, becoming role models and setting aspirational standards for life.

Children’s Home Facilities

Some of our young people need 52-week care and, for them, we are proud to be able to provide the types of spaces that nurture a sense of stability, confidence and encouragement. These are group living experiences, packed with facilities that encourage individual achievement.

Everyone has their own en suite bathroom to give them a sense of privacy and home-like dignity. Plus, rooms are furnished and equipped to the highest standards, so they feel welcoming and warm.

What’s more in the communal areas, there are state-of-the-art social and leisure activities on offer in supported, semi-independent and completely independent settings - all helping young people enjoy life, with just as much help as they need from you.

Our Approach

Each young person is closely supported throughout their school day and home life. There are strong links between the children’s homes and respective Witherslack Group schools. This ensures the best possible outcomes are achieved for each young person and that all of their social, educational and therapeutic needs are met.

In every setting, as needed, young people have the support of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Mental Health Practitioners, Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists. Our commitment to delivering outstanding therapeutic support is based on attachment principles. In other words, we believe that young people need to feel emotionally secure before they can fulfil their personal, social and educational potential. To help you embed and achieve this, you’ll have the support of our Clinical Services and the wider team.

The ‘Internal Team Around the Child’ Approach

Join our team and you’ll collaborate with a whole range of professionals as part of our ‘Internal Team Around the Child’ or ITAC approach. It’s about creating cohesion between services and making sure that everyone working with our young people has a 360º view of their care by meeting regularly. This allows us to integrate services, prioritise needs, be coherent in our individual approaches and work toward unified outcomes in line with each young person’s progress.

Why join us?

If we’re going to meet the individual needs of each young person, we need the very best team of people around to make it happen. This means our commitment to you as an employee has to be just as firm as it is to the young people in our care.

That’s why we offer:


If you’re looking for an environment that encourages you to develop your skills, knowledge and earning potential, this is it. We want you to climb your own career ladder and will give you all the support you need to reach management or team leadership levels.

Respect for your ability

We choose our team members because we see something special in them. Naturally, when they join us, this means we respect their opinions and value their feedback.

A collaborative environment

Our ‘Internal Team Around the Child’ approach demands collaboration making it as good for the people working here as it is our young people. Sharing ideas, information and knowledge builds camaraderie, confidence, ability and a sense of shared success.


Our young people aren’t the only ones who need guidance and development. We recognise your needs and we have in place resources to make sure you get not just the training, but also the emotional support you need to be able to deliver outcomes you can feel proud of.

We also offer a benefits package that includes:

- A very competitive salary with a £1,000 annual attendance bonus and an extra allowance for sleep-ins

- 35 days’ holiday, including Bank Holidays

- A contributory pension scheme, up to 5%

- Life Insurance based on two times your annual base salary

- Extensive Group staff benefits, such as a Medicash Health Plan/Employee Assistance and Cycle to Work Scheme

- Free DBS Enhanced checks for all new employees

- A comprehensive induction and ongoing training, (including a Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England) fully funded)

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