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Portfolio Lead

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/18313/26154
  • Published: Wed 27/07/2022, 15:12 PM
  • Closing on: Wed 10/08/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £32,173 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Tadworth

The starting salary for this role is £32,173 per annum, working 36 hours per week.

Are you ready to start a new and exciting career looking after and caring for children and young people in one of our children’s homes?

Do you have a passion to help children and young people with varying needs including learning and moderate physical disabilities, mental health issues and emotional and behavioural needs?   

We are looking for staff who have the enthusiasm and creativity to enhance and improve children and young people’s lived experience. We will support you and make sure you have access to excellent training opportunities.

As part of an exciting transformation and modernisation programme for our children’s residential service we have a Portfolios Lead role available in Tadworth.

It is an exciting time to join our service. We have an investment plan that includes £34m to improve our children’s homes, so children and young people receive an exceptional level of care so they can thrive and reach their full potential. We are refurbishing our existing homes and building new ones. This is all part of our ambition and purpose to ensure that every child in Surrey is seen and heard and can grow.

Most of our children’s homes have been judged by Ofsted to be ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ which means our children have a positive experience and make good overall progress.  We are determined to build on this and have invested £2.4m in increasing management capacity and upskilling our staff. We value our employees and work continuously to help bring out the best in all everyone by offering opportunities for development and flexibility, where possible.

Portfolio Leads will have a pivotal role in supporting the home’s deputy manager and children’s key work teams and will take the lead within the children's home in improving outcomes for children and young people. There will also be an expectation that you will work directly with children and young people through a mixture of individual and group interventions.

The role acts as the lead staff member developing and maintaining professional networks, resources, training and tools to promote positive outcomes for children and young people in a specific portfolio area. You will be at the front line of intervention with children, young people and their families and you will collaborate to develop plans that address identified needs in a way that engage:

  • The quality and purpose of care
  • The children and young people’s views, wishes and feelings
  • The children and young people’s education
  • Children and young people’s enjoyment and achievement
  • Children and young people’s health and well-being
  • Children and young people’s positive relationships
  • Children and young people’s safety and protection

You will be confident and have experience of working with partner organisations to plan this care and intervention. You must be confident to challenge where necessary to ensure outcomes are improved.  

You will direct the work of other staff in the children’s home and will contribute to ensuring services are compliant with children’s home regulations, including Ofsted frameworks. You will also contribute to the regular auditing and monitoring of children’s care and experiences, using evaluation tools and monitoring to ensure services are effective and that key outcomes are delivered. This will also involve analysis and reporting of information to the manager on your specific portfolio lead area.

At the heart of our service is effective relationships and restorative approaches with children, young people and families to support them with being safe, restoring and maintaining relationships, building on their talents and aspirations, and helping them engage with education, health and well-being resources.  You will be someone that can build relationships with children, young people and their families, especially those who may be the hardest to reach, or whose needs are not well-served by current services. You will therefore be driven, inspirational and able to work autonomously as well as resilient and innovative. Flexibility is key in your approach to work, as hours worked are on a rota basis. You will need to be prepared to work evenings, weekends, bank holidays and sleep in duties. For this commitment we will reward you with an additional, generous unsocial hours payment. 

In return for your expertise, commitment and experience we will enable your ongoing learning and development through a culture of high support and high challenge, and access to a range of learning and development activities including Restorative Approaches, Motivational Interviewing and Positive Behaviour Support. We also support staff to obtain a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Care (if not already held).

Our work is framed within national guidance, standards and regulations, and so you will be knowledgeable and experienced in what it means to deliver services to children who require short breaks are looked after, (including the Children’s Homes Regulations and Quality Standards). You will be able to build networks and deliver training and expert advice and reflection to staff, colleagues and families.

To apply and be considered for as a Portfolio Lead your application will clearly evidence:

  • A Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare, or equivalent.
  • Your proven ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with children, adolescents, their families and professionals involved in their care, and knowledge of the issues that affect them, including trauma, attachment, and contextual safeguarding
  • Proven experience of interagency working
  • Demonstrable competence in effective assessment, risk management and strengths-based care planning
  • In-depth knowledge of delivering statutory childcare services including the residential care of children and knowledge of the Children’s Homes Regulations 2015 and Quality Standards
  • Commitment to the working pattern of the role, which includes weekends and unsocial hours

If you think this challenging and rewarding career is for you then we’d love to hear from you! 

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.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 9th August 2022.

Interview date TBC.

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.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Elizabeth Mahdi by e-mail at elizabeth.mahdi@surreycc.gov.uk or Laura Hoyles by e-mail at laura.hoyles@surreycc.gov.uk.

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.

Our Commitment

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.

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/18313/26154
  • Published: Wed 27/07/2022, 15:12 PM
  • Closing on: Wed 10/08/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £32,173 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Tadworth

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