Our client is a charity creating life-changing, education-focused children's homes to ensure that children in care have the same opportunities as everyone else.
As the Deputy Manager of our first children's home, you will be responsible for assisting the Registered Manager in leading a team of social pedagogy practitioners to achieve high standards and ensure that children who live in Our client's homes receive the best care possible.
You will ensure that our homes are compliant with regulations and ensure best practice and relevant quality and care standards are upheld.
Working with young people
- Safeguard young people from risks to their health, welfare and development, inside and outside the home, in line with local safeguarding procedures and interagency relationships.
- Ensure that young people are listened to and children's rights and participation are integral to care planning, decision making and the day to day running of the home.
- Manage each key stage in the stay of young people, from referral and admission to leaving the home, in line with care plans and principles of best practice.
- Ensure that young people's individual needs and preferences are understood and followed by the staff team in terms, for example, of culture, identity, diet and religious observance.
- Participate in the development, implementation and monitoring of individual young people's care and placement plans.
- Support young people to achieve their educational potential, by working with the staff team to support attendance and learning, and with other professionals to ensure they get the support they need.
Working in the home
- Supporting the manager in leading a team of social pedagogy practitioners to ensure consistent quality of care, including participating in team meetings, reflective practice, preparation for inspections and learning and development activities including the induction of new staff.
- Ensure that the home keeps accurate records that are objective and strengths-based in relation to young people. Ensure written records and reports address the needs of young people and the requirements of Ofsted and partner agencies or other professionals.
- Ensure that delivery is based on clear methods, processes and frameworks which reflect the Our clients approach and evidence effective practice.
- Assist in the efficient and effective deployment of staff to ensure adequate cover at all times.
- Oversee the financial management of our homes in line with Our client's policies and ensure that services deliver within budget and margin.
- Be responsible for the management of the building, grounds, equipment and resources to create a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for young people and staff in line with health and safety and other legal requirements.
- Ensure that the diverse needs and aspirations of all groups of children are considered in service planning and delivery and to enable all service users to fulfil their potential.
Working with families, professionals and the community
- Build and grow effective multi-agency relationships with those providing services and support for young people and advocate on their behalf when needed.
- Work in partnership with the families of young people, wherever possible, to strengthen their relationships and involvement.
- Encourage young people to fully participate in society by developing links with the local community and expand their social network.
- Communicate effectively with all other professionals and agencies, understand their procedures, objectives and roles and support the staff team to do the same in order to work effectively in partnership.
- Share information appropriately in secure formats in line with GDPR and with regard to professional boundaries and confidentiality requirements.
- Oversee safeguarding processes across the organisation and ensure that staff are trained and are competent in the application of safeguarding protocols.
- Be responsible for and support young people's physical health and wellbeing, including helping them access medical services, administering medication or first aid as necessary.
- Have a good understanding of agency whistleblowing procedures and to report to appropriate safeguarding leads and agencies any concerns or evidence regarding poor practice.
Recruitment and Professional development
- Assist the Registered Manager to recruit, coach, motivate and develop a staff team including carrying out annual appraisals and regular supervision meetings, and to manage their health, safety and wellbeing.
- Ensure that all staff successfully complete all required training and level 5 or 7 in the Diploma in Social Pedagogy.
- Manage staff performance through regular appraisals and reflections and monitor the performance and impact of the home, ensuring managers provide management information for contract compliance and organisational reporting requirements.
- Regularly attend supervision with your line manager, participate in performance appraisal processes and maintain own professional knowledge and skills through training and professional development activities.
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