We are sharing stories of how working in residential care can transform lives. By sharing the stories of the people who work in residential care we hope to offer an insight into the skills and experiences of our team and why they are well placed to offer therapeutic care to our children and young people.
Debbie is a Residential Support Worker at Tarvit Cottage.
How long have you been supporting young people in one way or another? How do you do this?
I’ve been caring for kids for over a decade professionally and my own oldest kid is 21. I’ve worked with different ages and stages focusing on teenagers for the last 4 years in therapeutic residential environments.
What skills do you bring to the team?
I am direct, approachable and honest, it’s important that we say what we think and feel as a team so that it doesn’t carry over and affect the kids.
What is your CHT or residential care career highlight?
It’s a feeling that I can’t put into words, it’s a moment where you just feel connected.
What would you change about residential care?
Language – it’s too often about a system and not what’s really going on or is important, we’re trying hard to change that at Tarvit.
People’s perception of residential care – we are not here to fix kids, just love them.
What has been the funniest moment of your CHT or residential care career?
When a kid tried to set the house on fire and my manager came and took us down the beach with a parachute, running about in gale-force winds. It was the young person’s first weekend and we needed to create a different energy and connect.
What do you enjoy doing when you have some time to yourself?
Spending time with my family, I also enjoy time on my own. I like cooking and eating, laughing at myself because I’m funny and travelling.
What do you think is unique about Tarvit Cottage that supports young people in our care?