34,688 per annum for 36 hours a week.
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 24 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.
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.
About the role
Surrey Residential Homes accommodate children up to 18 years of age. 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.
About the role:
Are you an experienced childcare practitioner? A leader, with experience managing staff working with challenging young people? Can you 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? Do you understand of the risk factors for young people and experience with Looked After children?
Do you have the ability co-ordinate and prioritise tasks, whilst finding creative solutions in an often-challenging environment. You will need to be a role model for staff to learn from and maintain a high degree of personal authority, initiative and autonomy.
Are you looking for a challenge?
Cheyne Walk looks after 6 young people, usually aged between 10-16 years old on admission for young people who have experienced challenging and traumatic life events. Cheyne Walk offers safe and stabilising placements, where our young people's immediate needs can be identified and addressed through the process of building meaningful relationships, creating, maintaining child focused routines, whilst holding boundaries that promote their welfare, support their development and encourage our young people to enjoy and achieve! Through the use of Restorative Practice and Promoting Positive Behaviour within in our daily practice, the home aims to develop a holistic understanding of our young people to inform long term care planning.
We are looking to for someone with experience of working in a Children's Home, with managerial experience to deliver high standards of care, leadership and child protection to children and young people. Successful candidates will be confident, works well to their own initiative, possess excellent communication skills, is a good decision maker and has the ability to develop staff to their full potential.
This position requires the successful candidate 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. The post holder will also need to be a very 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 the team and 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 the young people.
We are looking for applicants who have a good understanding of the theories of attachment, trauma and loss and how this impacts on a young person's life day to day. You will be enthusiastic, reliable and flexible and be prepared to work some unsociable hours when required and the post will require you to be part of an on-call rota.
For this post you will have experience of working within a residential setting with a good understanding of the complex issues many young people in care have. You will aspire to make a difference and be willing to work in a restorative way ensuring at all times the best possible outcomes for the young people in our care.
The ATM will 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. Ensure effective staff practice across the team through the use of systems, performance management information and internal practice audits by the production and utilisation of management information to monitor the effective and efficient delivery of services by team members.
You will need to be 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. A good sense of humour, high level of emotional resilience and positive attitude are essential!
You will ideally hold a management and / or child care qualification at Diploma Level 5, above or equivalent. You need to have a good understanding of all relevant legislation, in particular the Children's Homes Regulations 2015 and Quality Standards 2015.
Please note we are unable to comment if your skills, abilities and experience meet the short-listing criteria prior to receipt of a full application.
How to apply
Please find attached at the bottom of this advert the full job description for the role with further. Please note to be considered for a position you will need to evidence in your application how you meet the requirements of the role you are applying for, which is to be stated clearly in your application
For any further information about the role please contact the Team Manager Colin Christensen on 01737 7737199.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 28th June 2019.
Interviews will take place week commencing 8th July 2019.