Great Minds Together

Great Minds Together are a not-for-profit community interest company that provides bespoke wraparound support services and intervention for children, young people, and families who have special educational needs and disabilities and/or social, emotional, and mental health needs at early intervention and outreach level as well as Tier 4 prevention level (Tier 3.5). Our ethos as an organisation is to provide better outcomes for children, young people, and their families. We are a Trauma Informed Organisation.

We are looking for individuals who have a passion for working with children, young people, and their families. You will have the resilience to continue to work with children & young people with either/or special educational needs, disabilities social/emotional, and mental health needs who may present with challenging behaviour as a result of previously unmet needs. You will strive to achieve good outcomes and support both the young person and their families with any concerns they may have, as well as having knowledge and experience in upskilling professionals and families/carers that support the young person, on how to best understand and meet their needs. We work alongside other professionals and agencies towards our shared vision to achieve a better quality of life for children, young people, and their families that fall between the gaps in our system.

Role

To be responsible for the effective day-to-day running of the residential home, to be responsible for a team of staff, as well as undertake direct work with children in the residential home when necessary. To be responsible for all aspects of the residential premises.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To ensure that the young people’s needs are recognised and met. This includes ensuring that they are free from discrimination within the home and to challenge discrimination from outside the home.
  • To protect the young people from harm in and outside the home.
  • To manage the home in compliance with OFSTED, and where appropriate CQC legislation, and the ethos and policies of the organisation.
  • To provide leadership, guidance, and management of the staff team.
  • To oversee and participate in the development, implementation, and monitoring of the individual young people’s care plans.
  • To work closely with Human Resources and support with the employee lifecycle for your team and to be involved in the safe recruitment of staff.
  • To ensure that staff complete all mandatory training and work closely with Learning and Development to upskill staff.
  • To be involved in the monitoring and where necessary the disciplinary of staff.
  • To develop and maintain good working relationships with parents, social workers, schools and other professionals concerned with the welfare of the young people.
  • To use the home as a model to support and develop the social skills of the young people.
  • To ensure that the home provides an environment that is safe and sensitive to the needs of young people being looked after.
  • To maintain a good understanding of child protection and safeguarding procedures.
  • To maintain good communication systems, including handovers, staff meetings, logbooks and regular meetings with the Heads/Directors.
  • To fully participate in the organisation quality assurance systems providing regular reports and updates to the Heads/ Directors.
  • To attend meetings and training as required.
  • To share the responsibility for creating a pleasant working environment.
  • To be flexible in hours of work in order to meet tasks required.
  • To undertake any other duties that may be reasonably requested by your line manager or any of the Heads/Directors.
  • To be concerned for the welfare of the staff offering support at times of stress, praising work completed and monitoring performance including sickness absence.
  • Maintain personal and professional development

The above is not an exhaustive list of duties and you will be expected to perform different tasks as required.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare (or equivalent).
  • Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (or equivalent qualification).
  • Willingness to complete OFSTED Registration
  • Ability to ensure that the home is compliant in relation to Ofsted (and where appropriate CQC) inspections and be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach in relation to overall outcomes for the children living in the home
  • To ensure the home is providing a therapeutic, healthy, and caring environment to an exceptional standard exceeding Ofsted’s Quality Standards and Children’s Homes (England) Regulations
  • Full UK Driving Licence

Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a position relevant to the residential care of children
  • Minimum of at least 2 years in a role supervising and managing staff
  • A commitment to delivering high-quality care
  • Have attention to detail ensuring correct information is recorded in all paperwork, keeping this up to date and organised for the manager’s review
  • Have resilience, motivation and determination
  • An ability to adapt to challenging and changing situations

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £45,000.00-£50,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Flexitime
  • Health & wellbeing programme

Schedule:

  • Flexitime
  • Monday to Friday

Application question(s):

  • Do you have have a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management or the equivalent?
  • Do you have a Level 3 Diploma in Residential Children or the equivalent?
  • Do you have experience in a relevant position?
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