Staff Case Study
Mathew Micklethwaite – Registered Manager within Residential Care
“Restorative’s values and philosophy really stood out to me. I have always believed strongly in working restoratively with individuals. The model of care, core values and beliefs really attracted me to this organisation.”
Mathew is the Registered Manager of one of our residential children’s homes. Mathew came to us with prior experience of working with children, young people and adults with a range of complex and behavioural needs, which gave him a wealth of transferable skills to bring to Restorative SCS.
Mathew’s passion to work in social care began while he was a self-employed sports therapist, nutritionist and personal trainer, working in disability sports and leisure. It sparked an interest in him to work further with vulnerable individuals.
“When I was looking to move into a Registered Manager role and was applying for jobs, Restorative’s values and philosophy really stood out to me. I have always believed strongly in working restoratively with individuals, and have taken a holistic approach to the care and support I deliver. The model of care and restorative work that underpins the core values and beliefs really attracted me to this organisation and is an area that I am passionate about developing within my role as Registered Manager.”
“The role of Registered Manager is a challenging but very rewarding one. I pride myself on being a creative and person-focused manager, building on staff welfare, training and development, to ensure the care team deliver the highest quality care. Seeing the care team develop their skills and then seeing how this benefits the young people and the outcomes they achieve, makes the challenging times rewarding; finding a person-centred solution brings a sense of self-achievement. “
While at Restorative, Mathew has completed his Level 5 in leadership and management, along with a number of specific courses relating to the young people we work with, including attachment, bereavement and sexual abuse. Mathew says, “Within my previous role I was a MAPA instructor, teaching de-escalation techniques, behaviour management and restraints. In September 2022, I will be completing Team Teach to allow me to deliver training in behaviour management, de-escalation and restraints within Restorative social care services.”
Looking to the future, Mathew says, “My goals within Princeton House and Restorative SCS are to continue achieving an Ofsted rating of outstanding, complete my Team Teach instructor training and begin teaching it within the company. And also, be part of the process of opening a new provision. My long-term ambitions are to become a training and development lead within Restorative and eventually an RI role (Responsible Individual) overseeing a number of the provisions.”
Asked what advice Mathew would give to people looking to start a career in social care he says, “Social care is a challenging and complex role but one that is extremely rewarding and will give a real sense of pride and achievement in seeing the individuals you work with grow, achieve and better themselves through dedicated and person-centred approaches. Regardless of what role you take or work up to within social care, the individuals we support and care for are at the heart of this profession and if you approach it with an open mind and willingness to drive positive change there is no more rewarding role”.