Toxic, Unsafe Environment with Poor Direction
The condition of the group home I worked in was depressing and hostile. I did not feel welcomed to the staff, and right away I found that the high turnaround rate was directly related to a core staff of uneducated, older people who appeared to cannibalise the younger workers.
Inconsistency and poor understanding of core child-care foundations meant that the children in care were subject to the whims of staff who tended to react rather than be proactive, and generally not follow the recommendations of the professional network that supplied the children's care plans.
Administrative staff came off as ineffective and jaded at best, and bullies at worst. It felt that they were truly out-of-touch with the environment of the homes as a whole.
Workers were often left on their own to work with children who are prone to physical violence, and subject to inflexible, unreasonable working hours. It is a very disappointing, frustrating place to work, and unless there are far more supportive measures put in place to help staff feel safe and valued I foresee good workers with great attitudes to continue to leave the organisation.
Working with kids in care
Inflexible and unreasonable work hours