Athena has a team of high quality staff, all of whom undergo a rigorous vetting process including an enhanced DBS check, interview, referencing and follow up telephone interviews with all referees. All of our staff hold or are working towards relevant NVQ Level 3 certificates as a minimum requirement, and have at least two years experience within the care sector and working with challenging young people who have experienced a range of difficult times within their lives.
Each staff member has been hand-picked to make up a staff team comprising of experienced, qualified and skilled individuals, selected for their respected expertise and capacity to work in this demanding field. The multi-disciplinary advisory team have backgrounds in social work, child health policy and nursing, advocacy, health care and psychology. Athena believes that the key to consistent care is a stable, well-informed and happy staff team. Our staff have access to ongoing staff supervision and professional development to equip and enable them to work with our young people to meet their needs, optimise their opportunities and help each of them achieve their true potential.
Our policy on staffing is to provide an environment in which our staff feel comfortable and safe. We believe that the staff we employ are a major asset since they provide elements of the safety, security and support that young people need. Athena has a duty to educate through the enhancement of knowledge and skills and the Athena team have a shared commitment to on-going, lifelong learning and development encouraging them to further their professional qualifications. Athena Housing and Support Limited is an equal opportunities employer and we actively promote anti-discriminatory practice within the Athena Community.
The organisation also has access to an employee assistance program for all of our staff so they have access to additional external professional support should they need it. In addition to this we have an advisory board with expertise in policy, law, finance and health.