Surrey County Council is committed to the development of its workforce and as such this role is only available to applicants who already work for Surrey County Council. We thank you for your interest in Surrey County Council and would encourage you to review our current vacancies which are available to all.
The starting salary for this role is £35,382 per annum hour for 36 hours per week based in Woking.
All of our homes are inspected regularly by OFSTED and most have been judged as either ‘Good’, ‘Outstanding’ or are working towards this. Therefore, we are very proud of the quality of our residential services for children in Surrey. As a result, we have invested in our homes and staff and plan to continue to do this, in order to achieve a service that is ambitious, innovative, and responsive to the needs of young people in our care.
Are you looking for a role where you can shape and influence services to allow for better outcomes for young people?
Are you able to lead and inspire a team who work with young people with disabilities to create a positive and engaging environment?
Woodlands is a 4 bedded home nestled in Knaphill. We provide care to girls and boys aged 11-17 on admission who have emotional and behavioural difficulties. We have a “GOOD” Ofsted rating but aspire to achieve Outstanding!
We are looking for a motivated and committed Assistant Team Manager to join our well-established Team Manager to bring demonstrable experience of working with young people who have complex needs and to build meaningful and trusting relationships with them. You will also need strong management skills to co-manage a large staff group and be able to guide and influence their practice, whilst ensuring practitioners receive reflective supervision to enable them to build authentic relationships with children, young people and their families to create positive change.
Having the ability to prioritise and think on your feet is key in this role as you will coordinate and prioritise tasks whilst acting as a role model to staff by building an open and transparent culture, maintaining a high degree of personal authority, initiative and autonomy.
We are looking for someone with experience of working in a Children’s home, with managerial experience to deliver high standards of care, leadership and safeguarding to children and young people with complex needs and disability. You will be confident, work well using your own initiative, possess excellent communication skills, be a good decision maker and have the ability to develop our team to their full potential.
This role will require you to:
- Undertake operational duties such as overseeing the day to day management of the home, administrative aspects such as co-ordinating reports, policies and monitoring data.
- Be a self-aware and intuitive person who can work with the therapeutic aspects of our care delivery which will include assessments, supporting the emotional and physical well-being of both the young people and your team.
- Deputise the running of the home in the Team Manager’s absence in order to ensure a high standard of day to day care for our young people.
- Support the Team Manager in ensuring effective delivery of service through the team, using HR methods including recruitment, induction, training, performance appraisal, succession planning and absence management
Whilst at time our young people can present with challenging behaviours what they require is empathy, patience, and positive energy to empower them to make sense of their journey to date and help them look to their future.
To be shortlisted for interview, you will need to evidence:
- Your developed knowledge base around working with children or young adults with autism, learning disability and special needs in a residential setting; a minimum of three years.
- Your problem-solving skills - we need a fixer who is happy to be the 'go-to' person for any issues.
- Good understanding of the theories of attachment, trauma, and loss and how this impact upon a young person's life.
- That your values align with those of Woodlands and Surrey County Council.
- An existing recognised management or social work qualification and be prepared to undergo further training as required to ensure you are compliant with the Childrens Homes Regulations 2015
At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.
For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.Additional Information
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 22nd August 2021.
A date for interviews is to be confirmed.
An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.
For an informal discussion contact Christine Hamilton by e-mail at Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to receiving your application.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.