£44,838 per annum based in Cobham. This position is based inside one of our Children's Homes.
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.
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.
Surrey County Council Children's Residential Homes can accommodate children up to 18/19 years of age. Due to legal requirements set out by the DFE national minimum standards the successful applicant is required to be at least 4 years older than our oldest accommodated child.
Are you an experienced childcare practitioner? A leader, with experience of 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 have a solid understanding of risk factors for young people and experience with Looked After children?
Your ability to prioritise and think on your feet, co-ordinate and prioritise tasks and be a role model for staff to learn from modelling an open and transparent culture will be key in this role.
We are looking for someone with experience of working in a Children's home, with managerial experience to deliver high standards of care, leadership and safeguarding to children and young people. You will be confident, work well on your own initiative, possess excellent communication skills, be a good decision maker and have the ability to develop your staff to their full potential.
The role will require you 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. You 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 to ensure a high standard of day to day care for the young people.
It is important to 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. Your enthusiasm, reliability and flexibility will prepare you to work some unsociable hours when required as you will work partly to an on-call rota.
Your experience of working within a residential setting with a good understanding of the complex issues many young people in care have will be essential in this role. You should want to 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.
To be considered for shortlisting you will need to evidence:
- operating an effective delivery of service through the team, using HR methods including recruitment, induction, training, performance appraisal, succession planning and absence management.
- ensuring 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.
- to be a 'go to person' who has the resources to sort things out - bringing solutions rather than problems.
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For an informal discussion contact Lisa Wade on 07940 707413 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to receiving your application.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 25th August 2019.