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Deputy Unit Manager

  • Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Reference: 7831
  • Published: Mon 08/10/2018, 16:00 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 11/11/2018, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Evenings, Full Time, Nights, Weekends
  • Hours: 37 hours per week.
  • Salary: £31,587 - £33,421 per annum
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Biggleswade

Team: Children with Disabilities

Location:  Maythorn, Biggleswade
Salary: £31,587 - £33,421 per annum 
Hours: 37 hours per week
Closing Date: Rolling advert 
Interview Date: TBC


More about the role:

In Children’s Services we want every child to have the chance to reach their full potential. By promoting independence, we help support them to make their own choices and become part of the community. Our Short Break and Residential Services play a big part in this; offering accommodation, overnight short breaks and social opportunities to children with disabilities. As a Deputy Unit Manager, you’ll work alongside the Registered manager and other Deputy managers to lead a team which supports these children/young people to expand their knowledge and skills. By helping every child find their greatness, you can find yours too.

Our team at Maythorn are passionate about providing children within our care a 'home from home' environment which is safe, stimulating and welcoming.  We are situated in Biggleswade, a rural town in Central Bedfordshire with good transport links providing easy acccess to the A1, M1 and train links.  Only 30 minutes travelling time from Stevenage, Cambridge and Milton Keynes, we are ideally situated if you are looking to commute.

As a Deputy Unit Manager, you will ensure that the service meets the physical, emotional and identified personal care needs of children and young people through the provision of a supportive and caring environment. You will also lead the team to work with young people and others in order to assess needs, working jointly in the preparation, implementation and delivery of Care Plans, thus maintaining the development of positive child care practice in keeping with the aims and objectives of the service.

We are looking for a caring, energetic and motivated person to join our passionate and professional team. The successful applicant will have previous experience of working in an Ofsted registered children’s home as either a Deputy Manager or Residential Support Worker and have a strong understanding of what is required to provide a high level of care and support to Children and Young people with Disabilities, havign worked in a relevant setting.  With experience in these roles, you’ll be a positive, practical person. You will be adaptable, flexible and people-focused, with the ability to build professional relationships. You will need to be able to use your initiative and think on your feet, whilst maintianinga clear focus on the services vision and goals. Your primary role will be to assist the Registered Manager to run the service on a day to day basis, providing a positive environment in order to enable our young people to work towards their potential, whilst ensuring it is compliant in meeting all relevant legislative and standards requirements.

We are looking to speak to enthusiastic reliable and flexible people who have a passion for striving towards excellence in the support of young people with disabilities, and who possess the following key qualities:

Provide clear vision, strategies, direction and support to staff while working in a way which is central to the values and cultures of the service

  • Assist in planning and prioritising the work of the team
  • Assist in coordinating risk assessments, care plans and full input towards the support of all young people
  • Assist in managing performance, supervisions and appraisals of staff
  • Assist in identifying and meeting staff and own learning and development needs
  • Ability to lead, mentor and develop staffing teams
  • Pro-actively identifying potential problems and making objective decisions to find resolutions
  • Ensure the safe running of the home at all times
  • Participation in the on-call rota
  • An outcome focused, non-judgmental, positive approach to working with our young people
  • Excellent leadership and staff management skills
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skill
  • Strong organisational abilities
  • Passion, drive and resilience
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Demonstrates a caring nature
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Recognises cultural diversity
  • Good team player
  • Track record of showing initiative and sharing ideas
  • Experienced in being positive and consistent
  • Accurate record keeper
  • Sound knowledge of disability
  • Takes accountability for own training and continual professional development
  • Ability to work within a 24/7 operation 

You must hold a Level 3 Diploma in CYP and be prepared to fully engage in further training and development as required by the role and the service.

You must hold a full driving licence

We provide ongoing training opportunities for our team members to ensure that the successful candidate feels confident and competent to contribute to the leadership of our service.

Our homes offer care 24/7, so you will need to work partly on a shift basis, including, days, nights, sleep-ins, evenings and weekends.

Bring your skills to our team and you’ll enjoy a generous benefits package, plus the support to achieve a relevant Level 3 qualification. You’ll also get the chance to find your greatness by giving children a brighter future.  To find out more about working for Central Bedfordshire Council please click here

As part of your application please upload a supporting statement detailing how you fit the essential criteria of this role. 

Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work'.


Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records.  

Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.

To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline. If you do not have a CV to hand, please look on our website for a CV template that you can use to create your CV to apply for this role: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/jobs/work-here/application.aspx


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  • Job Description
  • Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Reference: 7831
  • Published: Mon 08/10/2018, 16:00 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 11/11/2018, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Evenings, Full Time, Nights, Weekends
  • Hours: 37 hours per week.
  • Salary: £31,587 - £33,421 per annum
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Biggleswade

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