We are offering a hugely exciting opportunity for people with both personal and professional experience of working and engaging with vulnerable children to join our team of Restore Practitioners.
Restore Practitioners are our key frontline residential staff at Oasis Restore, the first Secure Academy Trust in England to educate children in custody. The school is all year-round, offering 24/7 integrated and therapeutically informed education, health and social care, and is due to open its doors to children in Spring 2024.
Oasis Restore represents a revolution in youth justice: an opportunity for children within the criminal justice system to experience a restorative environment that creates the potential for them to thrive both now and for the future. Restore Practitioners will build and model healthy and trusting relationships with children that enable them to feel safe, learn and reach their full potential.
Your role as a Restore Practitioner is a commitment to improving the outcomes of vulnerable children through bringing your dedication, energy, warmth, resilience, and skills to their care. Restore Practitioners will work in teams based in each of the 12 residential flats at Oasis Restore, taking primary responsibility for the children living in this flat and working within an inter-disciplinary team around each child.
You will benefit from a comprehensive system of training, supervision and reflective practice designed to empower you in your work individually and as a team, allowing you to connect with colleagues about your experience of the work to enable you to give your best and effectively support children and meet their needs. You will work within a team which includes experienced social care managers and therapists as well as working with teaching staff to support the children’s engagement in education and wider school activities. You will play an active role in the school’s enrichment programme, delivering sessions which promote the development of the whole child.
We are looking for people who understand that a foundation of trusting and caring relationships with clear boundaries is the key to enabling children to learn and develop. You will need to have the enthusiasm, resilience, and commitment to offer this to all of the children at Restore. You will be someone who cares about developing yourself and others, who brings a readiness to get involved, to take up responsibility and authority, and to bring yourself to the work in a whole-hearted, fair, and professional manner.
You will be passionate about making a difference to children’s lives, empathetic in your approach to them and to your colleagues, patient, hopeful, forgiving, and able to behave with a curious mindset in your approach. You will have integrity, respect for others and their different life experiences and backgrounds and will understand and be able to maintain professional relationships and boundaries and have an unwavering commitment to child safeguarding. You will be dedicated to finding a way through, and never giving up.
Oasis Restore is the country’s first secure school that is a proof-of-concept policy initiative funded by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Oasis Restore’s mission is to transform the life chances of children aged 12-18 years in the criminal justice system through delivering psychologically informed, integrated practice that centres on trusted, safe relationships between staff and children. Oasis Restore is a learning community that embeds hope, stability, and opportunity for children beyond the secure school.
Our offer to you
As a newly established subsidiary of the Oasis Charitable Trust, you will enjoy the benefit of being part of a national organisation that aims to support all staff to reach their full potential and a once in a lifetime opportunity to create, develop and grow a new collaborative and innovative values-based organisation. As well as this you will also benefit from the following opportunities:
Closing date: Wednesday 10th January 2024 (9am).
Start Date: Spring 2024.
Assessment Day: Saturday 20th January 2024 (London or Kent, TBC)