The salary range for this position is £34,356 - £37,101 per annum based on a 36-hour working week.
Typically, we work on a rota basis and there may be times when you are required to work bank holidays, weekends or sleep-in overnight at the home. We recognise that these aren't standard working hours and offer enhanced rates of pay for any unsociable hours worked.
You'll be working at our new residential home based in vibrant Walton on Thames, which can be easily accessed by public transport links from Greater and Outer London Boroughs.
Our Residential Service:
As part of our capital development works and investment at Surrey we have developed and built two new state of the art children's homes to support our vision of 'Surrey homes for Surrey Children'. We have recently completed recruitment to our Deputy Manager positions within the new homes and are now focused on finding Residential Team Leaders (known as Portfolio Leads in Surrey) to join our new homes as we make preparations to welcome the first children and young people through our doors.
Our new homes are part of our ambition and purpose to ensure that every child in Surrey is seen, heard and can grow. We believe that building effective relationships and using restorative approaches are key to supporting the children and young people. Restoring and maintaining appropriate relationships, building on their talents and aspirations, and helping them to engage positively with education, and health and well-being resources are all central to improving outcomes for our children and young people.
About the role:
As a Children's Residential Team Leader you'll play a pivotal role for our children and young people and in the smooth daily running of your home, as you'll also support Deputy Managers as a lead staff member.
This role represents a great career step for a current Senior Residential Support Worker or aspiring Deputy Manager considering their professional development and first leadership role. It provides an opportunity to develop key leadership skills, whilst remaining connected to children and young people through the delivery of individual and group interventions. The growth and development of our children and young people will be at the heart of your practice, ensuring they are listened to, feel safe, have opportunities to participate in fun and creative activities and above all create the right conditions for them to feel safe and to succeed.
You will have a chance to manage several key workers, including undertaking their supervision, providing feedback, directing team meetings, and supporting with complex casework and care plans. These will be essential skills and experiences in your journey towards becoming a Deputy Manager and progressing beyond within our service if that's your ambition.
You'll also have the opportunity demonstrate your passion for children and young people by becoming a specialist lead for one of our key practice areas, which include:
- Management of risk
- Families and relationships
- Positive transitions, including housing
- Education training and employment
- Emotional health, self-worth, and well-being
- Positive activities and achievements
We are looking for candidates who are approachable, great communicators and detail focused, ensuring that our children's safety is always assured, and that protocols and regulations are fully adhered to. You will be confident and have experience of working with partner organisations to plan care and interventions and will have the confidence to challenge where necessary to ensure outcomes are improved for our children and young people.
To be considered for a Children's Residential Team Leader role in one of our new homes we invite you to evidence the following in your application:
- A Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare, or equivalent- It's not just about qualifications; it's about your ability to connect with young minds and provide them with a safe and nurturing environment too
- Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with children, adolescents, and their families - This will be crucial to your success
- Understanding of the issues that affect children and young people including trauma, attachment, and contextual safeguarding - Your knowledge will be invaluable as you make informed decisions to guide their growth and development
- Effective interagency working - Your experience in this area will be highly valued, as it will help foster collaboration and coordination among different stakeholders for the benefit of our children
- Skills in effective assessment, risk management and strengths-based care planning - We need someone who can create well-rounded care plans that consider each child's unique strengths and challenges
- Experience of delivering statutory childcare services including the residential care of children and knowledge of the Children's Homes Regulations 2015 and Quality Standards
In return for your expertise, commitment and experience we will support your ongoing learning and development through a culture of high support and high challenge. We offer market leading training opportunities and, with a developing and expanding residential service, there will be lots of opportunities to progress in your career.
We can support you to obtain a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Care (if not already held) as well as access to a range of learning and development activities including Restorative Approaches, Motivational Interviewing, Positive Behaviour Support and Contextual Safeguarding.
We value our employees for the unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives they bring to the table, and we work continuously to help bring out the best in all our people, offering opportunities for development and flexibility, where possible.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 13th December 2023.
Due to our legal obligations, we can only accept applications from people 22 years old and above who hold a valid driving licence and have access to a vehicle.