Natalie says: “The best part of working with children and young people is knowing you are making memories with them to last a lifetime!”
How does a normal day start? The day starts with a cup of tea and a smile.
What is your role? As a Registered Manager I’m responsible for – improving children’s lives and keeping the team and young people safe.
Why did you join Staffordshire County Council? I joined Staffordshire County Council because they make me feel valued as an employee and I wanted to be part of the bigger picture for young people.
What might people not know? That a children’s home is nothing like Tracey Beaker!
What do you need to be as a Registered Manager? You need to be adaptable, calm in a crisis and solution focused.
What does you typical day look like? My typical day – well, no two days are the same which is what I love about my role. One day I could be writing reports, the next day jumping on the trampoline in the garden!
What has been your most memorable moment so far? My most memorable moment so far was getting back in touch with my first ever key child and seeing the progress he has made. He is now 28 years old! Shout out to A!
What’s the worst part of your role? That sometimes young people aren’t ready to accept help or see the same risks we do.
What’s the best part of your role? Knowing you are making memories with young people that last a lifetime.
What would you do if you weren’t a Registered Manager? If I didn’t do this – I’d own and manage my own purpose built youth club.
What advice would you give someone considering a career in residential care? Have fun, be real, and NEVER take it personally!