Deputy Manager Children's Home Learning Disabilities – URGENTLY NEEDED
Salary: £25,958- £27,175 (£12.80 – £13.40 per hour)
Plus – £ 70.47per sleep-in (working approx. 4-8 sleep ins per month, an additional £3,000-£6000 pa)
Why Become Part of Our Inspiring Teams?
You will be privileged to be supporting some amazing, characterful & inspiring children & young people, alongside working with a ‘child focused’, dedicated & compassionate team. Our children & young people have varying levels of difficulties, and as a team, you will enhance their lives, make & provide memorable experiences on their journey to adulthood.
They will inspire you, surprise you, connect to you and also give you experiences that you will not forget!
We truly believe and work to our EPIC Values
E*xcellence Passion Integrity C*aring
Our values stand at the ‘core’ of everything we do, for the children we support and also for our teams
You will be part of a national provider who really support, develop and nurture their teams, with the potential to grow & with opportunities to progress
Our homes are all individually unique, 90% are rated Good or Outstanding, offering highly tailored, personalised & holistic care to our children, with fantastic support & dedication to our young people & teams.
Comments from our most recent inspection include
“Staff provide highly valued individualised care and support to the children. Dedicated staff help harness and build on the children’s strengths.”
Our Home …
Our home is a detached 5 bedroom home situated in the Liverpool L9. The home can support up to 5 young people and is a registered home for children with Autism and Learning Disabilities. The home has two large reception rooms, kitchen / dining room and a large garden at the back of the home. There is a separate sleep room with shower facilities for staff to sleep in. We have two vehicles to use for transport to school and to support with activities and trips out.
The home supports young people between the ages of 10 to 18. The young people live full time in the home and can have varied levels of contact with their families and with people who are important to them. This is sometimes supervised by the staff team.
All our young people have learning disabilities, Autism, communication difficulties and require varying degrees of support. We fully support and promote choice and expression for our children and they have personalised their own bedrooms to their own taste and likes. We support our young people to be as independent as possible but there are times where we need to support the young people with their personal care needs such as showering, bathing, dressing and supporting with toileting needs.
We nurture, mentor and listen to the children and act as role models to support and build them through ups and downs during their journey with us. We utilise a positive behaviour support approach which focuses on improving the quality of life of a young person to support them to achieve positive outcomes for the future.
The ethos of the home is upbeat, fun active and nurturing. Staff provide constant engagement and experiences to demonstrate better ways to approach life and how to make safe choices. We work openly and transparently and at times, addressing difficult behaviours and supporting them through tougher times. Every day is different – no two days are the same.
Our staff team consists of 15 staff, including a Manager, Deputy Manager, two seniors support workers and support workers
Your Role & Responsibilities ….
All posts involve supporting the children & young people in their ‘everyday’ lives, which includes physical & emotional support, behavioral support, education, their physical & mental well-being, developing their independent skills, advocating for them & empowering them to flourish, grow & develop, promoting choice & their ability to make informed decisions. You will be their ‘corporate’ parent, which includes not only their ‘individual’ needs, but also their environmental needs, safety & comfort (including cooking meals, cleaning the home, ensuring it is safe, warm & welcoming, keeping records, washing & ironing).
You will enhance their experiences by undertaking activities with them, led by their interests; such as swimming, beach trips, train rides, visits to theme & water parks, arts & crafts, baking, computer games. If a child shows interest in an activity, we will always endeavour to provide them with that experience, and build memories.
Leading a team along with other professionals, you will provide the therapeutic care and support needed for each individual child, developing trusting relationships that create recovery, growth and lasting change. You need to be able to work flexibly in caring for the children. This will include working shifts and sleep-ins
Your role can & will be quite challenging at times, but also varied, inspiring & delightful, and seeing the achievements & progress our children show, makes it all the more fulfilling. Our Home Managers are hands-on, always around and you will always feel supported in your role, and confident to make the right decisions day to day.
The Deputy Home Manager is accountable for delivering a high quality care to the children and young people resident within the home, in conjunction with the Service Manager. This means that they are responsible for delivery of all care services, as well as the strategic planning for developments within the home, and all day to day management matters.
They will demonstrate the ability to build on the well-established principles and practice standards already existing and proactively contribute to the continuous improvement of childcare standards across the company.
The deputy home manager is responsible for delivering childcare that is focused on obtaining the best outcomes for each child and young person within the home. Consequently, they are expected to demonstrate practical leadership in childcare, as well as organise and support staff to provide the best possible care for each child and young person.
This involves being personally available, as well as the supervision and mentoring of staff, organisation of work patterns, and facilitation of care focused training, and accessing of appropriate services to support the childcare practices within the home.
As this is a vital role in the lives of children and young people, it requires an active and long term commitment. The Deputy Home Manager is expected to participate in the rota and work on shift as and when directed to by the Service Manager.
The Deputy Home Manager will be accountable to the Service Manager in turn reports to the Regional Manager. When on shift you will have initial responsibilities for monitoring and supervision of staff and take responsibility for the day to day management, and guidance of colleagues whilst ensuring the welfare and care of the young people.
As part of our team, there is a wide ranging support network to guide and support you, the team as a whole and the children & young adults, we have a team of specialist advisors, and therapists, we have regular team meetings and you will receive individual & group supervision, a 5 day Induction, alongside extensive ongoing training & development and an On Call support system.
Benefits of Working for Keys…..
* NEST Workplace pension scheme
* HAPI (app-based) benefits, including high street discounts and much more!
* Supportive Manager’s
* Allocated Mentor
* Employee Assistance Programme – with access to advice, support & counselling (if required)
* 5.6 weeks annual leave per year (pro rata)
* Excellent Salary with Sleep Ins paid on top
* Enhanced Overtime Rate
* DBS Funded by the Company
* Amazing training & career progression opportunities
* Centrally located with good travel links
· Opportunity for over time and working within our other regional services
Qualities, Skills & Qualifications
We seek individuals who are …
· Minimum of 2 years’ experience working in a residential childcare / similar environment
· A Level 3 Diploma (or above) in Residential Childcare or equivalent
· Hold a Full UK Driving License preferred
· Passionate & Caring
· Reliable & Consistent
· Good communicator’s
· Comfortable & confident with IT
· Willing to learn & develop
· Want to be part of ‘something special’
There are comprehensive training programmes that you are paid to attend which will give you the tools to provide the best possible support to the young people that we support and care for on a daily basis. We provide bespoke training for each team member according to the needs of the young people you will support such as Makaton, Sensory Processing, Intensive Interaction and Positive Behavior Support
Our Working Shift Patterns
Your working week will vary, according to the needs of the service and our children, but would be made up of ‘early’ shifts (8am – 3pm), ‘late’ shifts (2pm – 9.30pm), ‘Long Day’ (8am –9.30pm) or if you are on a sleep you will work till 10pm and then start again at 7. This includes alternative weekend covering shifts.
You will also work at times in our other homes, giving support – which adds to your breadth of experience & skills – this may be within your normal shift working, or available as overtime.
This is a full time role, and we would love to hear from you if you recognise the above in yourself and have the drive & passion to support others
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