Breakwater offers short to medium term residential care for children aged 12-17 on admission. You will be working with children who present a range of social, emotional, and mental health difficulties due to family breakdown and early childhood trauma. Children who are referred to Breakwater are often victims of exploitation, involved in crime, and may have experienced a breakdown in education provision. They may be at risk of becoming homeless and have limited support around them.
Alongside the main part of the home, Breakwater also offers two smaller self-contained flats to support children who are looking to move into semi-independent living. We recognise that the transition to adulthood can be challenging, and that we need to promote emotional and social development alongside practical skills to achieve readiness for the future. The two flats are fully equipped for children to meet all their independence needs, with the additional support of staff being on hand when needed. While living in these flats, the children complete a six-month programme, which prepares them for independent living. The Breakwater team are trained in a range of interventions to promote independence and support children during this transitional period.
About The Job
Salary: £41,496 - £44,539 per annum including weekend working allowance. (salary £39,493 - £42,503 plus weekend working allowance £2,003 - £2,036, Sleep-in allowance £37.07 per night
Working Pattern: Full Time (37 Hours)
As an Assistant Manager, you will work collaboratively with the Registered Manager and all stakeholders to assist with delivery of ambitious outcomes for children, striving for continuous improvement in their social, educational and health development.
You will have key managerial areas of responsibility, this includes line management of a team of staff, ensuring that they provide the highest standard of care to children and deputising in the absence of the registered manager. You will be required to confidentially support and assist the registered manager in the day -to-day management of the time, ensuring compliance with the appropriate legalisation, policies, and procedures.
To succeed at the role, you will need to be a visible hands-on leader with the skills to build and maintain trust and rapport with children and staff. You will strive to be a positive role model in your interactions with children and those around them.
Experience and Skills
Key Skills: (These will be used as the shortlisting criteria)
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to lead and influence others and negotiate positive outcomes.
- Effective people management skills and the ability to provide support and direction to individuals and teams.
- Ability to challenge existing practices and identify innovative solutions within statutory requirements.
- Ability to effectively manage the time and priorities of self and others
- Ability to interpret and act on complex information and to produce high quality documents with limited guidance.
- Ability to use IT software to a professional standard for general office duties, e.g. Report writing and undertaking research.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- Significant experience of dealing with a diverse range of complex situations while prioritising the wellbeing of children.
- Significant level of experience within a position relevant to the residential care of children
- Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare or equivalent qualification.
- Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare or equivalent. (If this qualification is not held, the individual must have achieved this within 3 years of appointment).
- An awareness of innovative theoretical practices within a residential setting.
- Experience of working within internal policies and procedures and statutory responsibilities e.g. Children's Homes Regulations 2015 and Social Care Inspection Framework.
- Experience of delivering personalised services to children whilst understanding the issues affecting their
For an informal conversation or further information regarding the role, please contact one of the following people;
For an informal conversation or for further information regarding the role, please contact Eerik Sjostedt, Registered Manager, at or Julian Skeates, Residential Service Lead at .
To apply, please follow the links below to upload your CV and Cover Letter. In your cover letter please outline your motivations for applying and explaining the skills and experience you can bring to the role (please refer to the key skills) ensuring that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV. Please ensure you have saved the job description attached to the main advert on our website as, once the job has closed, you may not have the opportunity to download again.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and a health check.