Deputy Manager RBKC22532
Salary Range: £31,800 - £43,000 per annum
Work Location: Olive House, 20 East Row, Kensington, London W10 5AW
Working as part of Children’s Services will provide a challenging and rewarding career. We have high ambitions for the children and young people of Kensington and Chelsea. We have formed a bi-borough Children’s Services team with colleagues from Westminster City Council. Our services, which include education, family services and safeguarding, have been rated Outstanding by Ofsted, and our drive to be the best doesn’t stop there. By working with us, you will have the opportunity to make a difference to young people in one of the world’s most diverse cities.
Making a difference for young people in residential care
Kensington and Chelsea is a diverse, ambitious and innovative London Borough. We are committed to maintaining in-house residential care on a short, medium and long term basis for young people with EBD living in the Borough.
You will be part of building a strong multidisciplinary team within our children’s home, Olive House, to provide a high quality, holistic residential children’s service for vulnerable looked after young people aged 13-18. Located in Ladbroke Grove, Olive House is a newly built, high spec unit which has been operating since May 2014 and has been consistently rated as “Good” by Ofsted. In one of our most recent inspection highlighted the excellent relationship between staff and young people and the tailor made support we provide. One resident fed back that she feels loved and cared for by staff in Olive House.
Olive House provides a consistent and thoughtful approach to meeting the range of care needs of children and young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties, to help them make sense of their lives to date and move successfully into adult life. In order to achieve this, you will be well supported through training opportunities within the team and Kensington and Chelsea’s corporate extensive training opportunities, including our mandatory training in systemic practice.
Naturally you must enjoy working with adolescents and have significant experience of working in this field. We expect you to have the required NVQ level 4/5, or equivalent, and a minimum of 2 years’ experience in residential child care. Knowledge of good childcare practice will be essential as well as patience, resilience and the ability to cope under pressure. Although the role is mainly a 9-5 you may at times be expected to cover shifts, including weekends and sleep in duties based on staffing levels.
We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity and are looking for candidates which reflect the diversity of the young people we work with.
This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and an enhanced DBS will be undertaken on the successful person before an appointment is confirmed.
As well as being supported by good training and development opportunities we offer excellent staff benefits including travel allowances and a final salary pension scheme.
Please tell us in your application how you fit into Olive House.
- In this key position you will support the Registered manager in providing leadership and direction to the staff team in accordance with the homes Statement of Purpose, The Children’s Homes Regulations and Quality Standards 2015.
- You will join the existing leadership team, which consist of a part time clinical practitioner as well as a full time specialist practitioner.
- In providing support and supervision for the residential support staff.
- You will oversee the day to day practise of our support staff, ensuring that practise promotes a stable and nurturing environment. which allows us to effectively safeguard the young people's welfare and promote their health and development, taking account of their culture, race, religion, disability, gender and sexual orientation.
- You will have the responsibility of ensuring that staff support children in making measurable progress towards achieving their educational goals and learning potential through; creating an aspirational and supportive learning environment; close working with educational providers and creatively overcoming the barriers to learning that each individual child may face.
- One of your main duties will be to advise, assist and support staff in the performance of their duties through regular supervision and the application of the council’s HR policies and procedures.
- Other duties include the reviewing and monitoring of staff progress through the performance development processes, taking any actions necessary to deal with poor performance.
- To develop a continuous learning environment for all staff and to embed systemic ways of working in order to provide excellent practice and positive outcomes for young people.
Closing date: 22nd November 2020