Salary: £43,678 (Salary including 2 sleep ins per week and on call allowance of £1,500)

Position: Full Time (37.5 hours per week)

Positions available: 1

Closing date: 31st July 2024


Responsible To: Registered Manager

£43,678 (Salary including 2 sleep ins per week and on call allowance of £1,500)

(Salary does include 2 sleep-ins per week at £60 for each sleep-in)

£1000 Outstanding Ofsted Bonus

Travel Allowance of up to £30 per week

£5,000 Joining Bonus

Permanent, Full time Position – minimum of 37.5 hours per week, including 2 sleep-ins

28 days paid annual leave entitlement and a loyalty scheme which rewards you with extra annual leave following 2 years of service.

Generous Additional On-call allowance

£50 for duties completed Monday – Thursday      £75 for duties completed Friday – Sunday (including Bank Holidays)

Company Benefits

  • Private Medical care
  • Private Optical, Dental and Audiological cover
  • Free access to EAP, employee Health Assured Programme
  • Long service awards for 5, 10 and 15 years service
  • Loyalty scheme which rewards you with extra annual leave following 2 years of service, up to 5 extra days
  • Company events such as Awards ceremonies to celebrate employees and children
  • Outstanding Ofsted bonus
  • Team building days

 Start a rewarding career in management!   Due to company expansion, we have some great opportunities for aspiring managers.

Are you Deputy Manager looking for a new challenge or a Senior Shift Leader with aspirations to progress?  We have some fantastic career opportunities for you in one of our Outstanding Children’s homes based in East Kent. We’ve just introduced a brand new, market-leading starting salary of £39,390 per year plus a whole range of other benefits listed above. What are you waiting for? Apply online today.

Channels and Choices Therapeutic Community aims to be a Centre of Excellence in Child Care and Education. We are an award winning, dynamic company specialising in children’s residential care, Fostering and Education based in South East Kent. OFSTED judge our services as ‘Outstanding’. We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment.

Some of the Duties and Responsibilities:

As the Deputy Manager of our Residential Children’s Home, you will play a crucial role in supporting the Registered Manager in efficiently co-managing the home. This is a physically and mentally demanding role that will challenge and reward you.

You will oversee the development of staff and young people in placement, formulate and update placement plans, risk assessments, and positive handling plans. Your leadership will contribute to the delivery of high-quality service provision, promoting the Company’s ethos as a Therapeutic and Activity-based organization.

  • Ensure compliance with the Statement of Purpose and function of the home, updating Channels and Choices documents as directed by the Registered Manager.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of relevant legislation for Childrens Homes and provide guidance to staff accordingly.
  • Provide effective leadership to direct and support the staff team in delivering person-centred childcare aimed at achieving the best outcomes for each young person.
  • Implement and adhere to the Children’s Homes Regulations 2015, Quality Care Standards and SCCIF Guidelines.
  • Promptly address recommendations or requirements for service improvement following any OFSTED inspection.
  • Ensure implementation and adherence to Channels and Choices Safeguarding Policy and Local Authority Safeguarding procedures.
  • Notify Local Authority Social Workers of all significant events, incidents, changes, and Physical Interventions with 24 hours.
  • Work cohesively and in partnership with team members and other professionals to provide comprehensive care and support.
  • Ensure that young people receive sensitive residential services tailored to their individual social, racial, psychological, educational, cultural, physical identity, and healthcare needs.
  • Undertake all necessary administrative tasks in accordance with Channels and Choices Policies and Procedures to ensure the effective running of the home.
  • Ensure compliance with Fire Regulations, Health and Safety Regulations and address action points from Quality Assurance and Regulation 44 reports promptly.
  • Support the Manager in staff performance and development by conducting regular supervisions and participating in the annual appraisal process.
  • Participate effectively in the on-call duty system.
  • Complete required training within specified timeframes and maintain an up-to-date training record.
  • Undertake any other duties deemed appropriate from time to time to ensure the smooth operation of the home.

What we are looking for:

  • You must be 21 years of age or over.
  • Experience of working as a senior member of staff within a children’s residential care setting
  • Proven ability to lead staff teams.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Children’s Homes Regulations
  • Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Residential Service or equivalent
  • GCSE in Maths and English at C Grade or above
  • Previous experience in a Deputy Manager role or Senior Shift Leader in a Residential Children’s Care Setting (Desirable)
  • Any relevant or transferrable skills, such as First Aid trained.
  • Understanding and knowledge of Therapeutic Approach to Childcare (Desirable)
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Calm, approachable manner, adaptable and non-judgemental.
  • Able to work under own initiative and as part of a team.
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Knowledge of Child Protection & Safeguarding
  • Physically fit
  • Resilient, enthusiastic, and motivated person
  • Ability to drive and holds a current driving licence.

We are looking for candidates who have proven skills and experience in a Residential Care Setting or equivalent setting and are passionate about improving the lives and outcomes for children and young people.   We are an activity-based company and promote the well-being of our young people through a wide and varied programme of activities, sports and hobbies.

Channels and Choices are committed to Safer Recruitment, CV’s cannot be considered without a completed application form.

The post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure, an employment background check, satisfactory references & verification of right to work in the UK.

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