Staff satisfaction is high in juvenile sector

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Seventy-five per cent of staff working in children¹s residential homes are satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs, according to new research to be published by the National Children¹s Bureau (NCB). Also, 59 per cent of staff report that morale is “OK” in their homes, while a further 15 per cent report morale to be “high”. The NCB says the findings challenge the widely held perception that the children¹s residential sector suffers from low morale, perpetuated in some measure by the impact of several inquiries, new legislation and recognised difficulties with retention and recruitment. The national survey of 408 staff and managers also produced many suggestions for ways in which their work could be more satisfying. The greatest single improvement that staff wanted to see was changes to shift work patterns, followed by changes in conditions and outcomes for young people and improved communication within homes. When asked to name the three most important things to them in their jobs, staff cited teamwork,

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