The starting salary for this role is £35,382 per annum for a 36 hour working week.
Surrey Residential Homes accommodate children up to 18 years of age; the legal requirement set out by the DFE requires that all staff need to be at least four years older than the oldest accommodated young person; therefore the minimum age for application for this position needs to be 22 years old.
All 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 and, as a result, we have continued to invest in our homes to provide a service that is ambitious, innovative, and responsive to the needs of young people in our care.
About the role
The Children's Home looks after a small group of young people, generally aged between 10-17 years old, on admission, who have experienced challenging and traumatic life events. The Home aims to offer a safe and stable placement where our young peoples’ immediate needs can be identified and addressed through the process of building meaningful relationships. You will assist in creating and maintaining child-focused routines, whilst holding boundaries that promote their welfare, support their development, and encourage our young people to enjoy and achieve. We use a Restorative Approach and Promote Positive Behaviour within our daily practice and the Home aims to develop a holistic understanding of our young people to inform long-term care planning.
You will be undertaking operational duties, such as overseeing the day-to-day management of the home, as well as administrative aspects such as co-ordinating reports, policies and monitoring data.
You will also be supporting the Team Manager in ensuring effective delivery of service throughout the team, using HR methods including recruitment, induction, training, performance appraisal, succession planning and absence management. You will deputise in the running of the home in the Team Manager’s absence in order to ensure a high standard of day to day care for the young people.
You will need to be an experienced childcare practitioner at senior level and a leader, with experience of managing staff who work with challenging young people. You will shape and influence others' practice, ensuring practitioners receive reflective and explorative supervision to enable them to build relationships with children, young people, and their families to create change.
You will need to be approachable, a 'go to person' who is solution focused, in addressing day-to-day issues. You will be expected to represent the home at various forums such as multi-agency meetings and work from a child-focused perspective at all times. This is a challenging and rewarding role that requires compassion, self-awareness and maturity.
You will hold a management and/or child care qualification at Diploma Level 5, above or equivalent or be prepared to achieve this within two years of commencing employment. You need to have a good understanding of all relevant legislation, in particular the Children's Homes Regulations and Quality Standards 2015.
To be shortlisted for this role, your application will need to demonstrate that:
- You are self-aware and intuitive, and someone who is able to support the physical and emotional well-being of both young people and colleagues
- You have an understanding of the risk factors for young people
- You are a good decision maker who uses your initiative
- You can co-ordinate and prioritise tasks, and use creative solutions in an often-challenging environment
- You are an excellent communicator and someone who can develop staff to their full potential
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The job advert closes at 23:59 on 17th January 2022. Interview dates 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.
The role requires that you hold a current driving licence and have day to day use of a car.
For an informal discussion contact Christine Hamilton by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.
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.