Warwickshire County Council are very excited to be opening two children’s homes on the same site in Leamington Spa which will be caring for children aged 13 years above. The Registered Manager will be managing both homes which include a 2-bed home for children who need short term care and a 4-bed home for longer term care.
We have successfully opened our first home in Stratford Upon Avon and are pleased with our recent Ofsted inspection outcome (not yet published).
We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, highly motivated and experienced individual who has the appropriate skills to set up and lead our new children’s home through to Ofsted registration and take on the role of Registered Manager of this multi-building site.
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 1-year experience working at a senior level in a Residential Children’s home, having achieved Ofsted judgements of ‘good’ and / or ‘outstanding’ and within the last 5 years, worked for at least 2 years in a position relevant to the residential care of children.
As this is a new home, the successful candidate will be on board from the beginning and take a lead in shaping and developing the home. This would ideally suit someone looking for a challenge to succeed, an opportunity to progress their career and instil their own ideas, plans and visions whilst promoting the ethos and vision of Warwickshire County Council. We have successfully set up our first children’s home that is Ofsted registered. As the registered manager you will be working closely with other managers of our existing and future homes, and we have links with managers from neighbouring local authorities who have set up or are setting up children’s homes.
The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate an excellent understanding of the needs of young people in care. They should have extensive knowledge and understanding of the Children’s Homes (England) Regulations 2015, the Guide to the Quality Standards, Ofsted’s Social Care Common Inspection Framework (SCCIF) and other relevant statutory legislation, guidance, and good practice.
Some of the key things we’re looking for
We are looking for somebody who wants the very best for children and young people; making sure every child and young person has the best possible care experience, that they feel love and joy and are encouraged to take the lead in their own life. Working with them to build a positive culture and ethos in the home, nurturing teams and responding effectively when things don’t go to plan. Somebody who can create a comfortable, welcoming and child-friendly home environment that you would feel proud to live in; run our home and deliver creative programmes and experiences that create strong bonds between the team and the young people and that make everyone smile.
Somebody who believes in equality and that no one is better than anyone else – that children have the right to be treated respectfully as equals by the adults around them. Somebody who truly understand that care is a ‘doing word’ and that the change we want to make in our home relies on working with, not doing to, people.
Does this resonate? Have you got the attributes we are looking for? Have you a strong track record of delivering top-quality care for children in previous positions? Are you a people person and want to work with others, build strong relationships with them and help children to thrive? Are you reflective and restorative in your approach and always willing to learn?
What we can offer
- You will be caring for Warwickshire’s own children.
- Joining an authority with a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating
- Competitive pay
- Comprehensive training
- A funded QCF qualification
- A career pathway for progression, including a level 5 qualification.
- Employment assistance programme, i.e. access to counselling and support
- The option to join the councils pension scheme.
Do you feel excited about being involved in setting up and running a Local Authority Children’s Home? If you do, please look at the job description and apply today; let’s work together and make a difference to children’s lives.
Find out more about Warwickshire Children & Families Service
For further details please see the Job Description and Person Specification.
Warwickshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.
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Closing Date: 21st November 2023
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