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Yes, we welcome visits from professionals working with young people. They can also bring the young person or people they work with. Just get in touch via or 01403 864556 to arrange a visit.

Yes, we welcome visits from professionals working with young people. They can also bring the young person or people they work with. Just get in touch via or 01403 864556 to arrange a visit.

If you get a place at Camelia Botnar, you will stay here each week for the whole week. We will pay for your journey by train to the nearest train station to your home and back each weekend. It is important that you are happy with the length of that journey. You will be getting a train on Fridays at about 5:30pm from Horsham station to go home. You can check this on

On the website there is an application tab. You will first fill out a short form with your details and this will then send you an automatic link to a full application and risk assessment form. We like a professional who is working with you to fill out the risk assessment form.

Once we have received your application and risk assessment, it will be reviewed by a small panel and you should be contacted within approximately 10 days to confirm if you fit our criteria and can be put on a waiting list.

Waiting lists change a lot all the time, so it is difficult to say how long you will have to wait before you can start. If you are successful, we will let you know what number you are on the waiting list. It is really important you apply for the department you are interested in and not the one with the shortest list. You will be coming to Camelia Botnar for training and to gain qualifications, so choose carefully as you have to be real about your commitment.

If you are confirmed to meet our criteria, you will be put on a waiting list. When you get to the top of the waiting list, you will be contacted to attend an interview.

You can bring along family and social workers to your interview, and you will get a tour of our facilities. We will then sit down and ask some questions to get to know you. There will be 3 or 4 people on the interview panel. We will usually inform you if you have been successful a day or so after the interview.

Please bring casual clothing for the evenings, old clothes for the workday, toiletries and towels. We provide work boots and the other protective equipment required. We also provide fresh bedding.

No. At Camelia Botnar the programme starts when you start, which can be any time of the year. Every person is on an individual programme. We operate a work-based training programme, so it carries on all year. Your course will be in 3-month blocks, and you can take a week off after each 3 months. We also shut down for a week over Christmas. See our Programme webpage for more detail.

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The Camelia Botnar Foundation is committed to safeguarding and the welfare of all the people that we work with and any safeguarding concerns should be reported to the appropriate person. Further details can be found in our Safeguarding policy in our Employee Handbook.  In fulfilment of its obligations under the  Data Protection Act 2018  the Employer  will hold and use personal data for certain legitimate business reasons.  In line with our policy of compliance, personal data will only be held for specified times or as deemed legitimate by the Company, after which the information will be securely destroyed from storage in every format.  The Foundation may, from time to time, share this data with professional services companies which it engages for advice in specific areas. All appointed advisors have made a statement of compliance in their agreement with us in that an personal information which they obtain will be destroyed in entirety once the legitimate business reasons or as defined in statute, have been fulfilled.  Further information can be obtained from our Data Protection Policy contained within our staff handbook.

Privacy Statement

  1. You may submit information, including personal data and sensitive personal data, to us via the on-line application forms and email addresses as an application (“application data”). Sensitive personal data is information as to your racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious, philosophical or similar beliefs, trade union membership, physical or mental health, sexual life, commission of criminal offences and/or involvement in criminal proceedings.

2. In acknowledging an application we are not verifying the content, accepting the application or making any offer of employment or engagement. We are not obliged to accept any applications.

3. By storing and submitting your information you are agreeing to your application data being processed solely for the purposes of:

·communication regarding recruitment with Camelia Botnar Foundation and you;

·consideration of your applications and your recruitment by Camelia Botnar Foundation;

·any use in connection with any future employment by Camelia Botnar Foundation.

4. We may record your email address for our internal purposes. This may be done via “cookies” – small pieces of information sent by a web server to a web browser, which enables the server to collect information from the browser. For more information about “cookies”, please see the Information Commissioner’s website at   The Camelia Botnar Foundation uses cookies for a number of purposes, for instance to enable us to simplify the registration process. If you do not want cookies to be used you can choose not to receive a cookie file by enabling your web browser to refuse cookies or to prompt you before you accept a cookies.

5. We will never pass your personal data to anyone else, except for any successors in title to our business. Personal data collected by monitoring this website will be aggregate (so that no individual customers are identified) and no application data collected will be used other than in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Statement.

6. We are an equal opportunity employer (in accordance with applicable legislation) and do not discriminate on the grounds of gender, ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, non-disqualifying  physical or mental disability or any other basis covered by local legislation. All employment related decisions are made entirely on merit.

Data Protection and Confidentiality

We acknowledge that your contact details data (as defined above) (“your information”) may be confidential. We will maintain the confidentiality of and protect your information in accordance with our normal procedures and all applicable laws.

1. We only use contact details solely for the purposes described in point 3 of the Privacy Statement above.

2. We will not disclose your data to any third party.