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Head of Children's Services

£50K - £60K per annum DOE
 

Job Description

HEAD OF POLARIS CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Basic Salary:  £50,000 - £60,000 (dependent on experience)

Permanent: Full –Time  35 hrs Mon – Friday

Benefits: 30 days' Annual Leave (rising to 35 days' with length of service) + Bank Holidays, Company Pension, Life Assurance x2, Employee Discount Scheme, Medical Cash Plan & Free Parking

Location: Hybrid working – this role is UK wide (with occasional international travel to Cyprus)

ABOUT US

We are one of the largest providers of children’s services and the very first provider of independent fostering in the UK, our community of services span the length and breadth of the whole of the UK.  This is an exciting time to join us and we have one ambition across our community – to transform the future of children and children’s services.

What we are looking for:

We have an opportunity for an experienced leader in children's services or social care background to join Polaris and lead our Children's Services division which has a wide variety of social care contracts including Social Care for the MOD overseas  Social Impact Bonds in partnership with local authorities and a range of emotional health and wellbeing/therapy services.  This will involve developing and renegotiating our existing contracts and taking the lead on tender activity for new work.

You will provide direct line management of the ‘accountable manager’ for all our contracts in the UK and overseas and will need:

  • Safeguarding experience including statutory social work
  • Broad spectrum of social care knowledge including emotional health and wellbeing/therapy
  • Clear leadership skills
  • Commercial experience – including knowledge of Social Impact Bonds
  • To be prepared to travel in the UK and some travel overseas (predominantly to Cyprus)

We are seeing experienced candidates and are also interested to hear from candidates that want career progression as this role will provide the post holder with a variety of experiences and opportunities. If you have a passion for safeguarding and leading a service to develop and inspire young people then we would really like to hear from you.

Most interviews are being held virtually and all appointments managed pragmatically in line with individual and company needs.

If face to face interviews are held all candidates and interview panel will be required to do a LFT Prior to interview.

SIMILAR JOBS

Registered Children's Home Manager

Permanent, full-time, Registered Children’s Home Manager job vacancy, close to Worcester, Worcestershire.

We have a unique opportunity to become a Registered Children’s Home Manager close to Worcester and is about a 40-minute commute via the M5.

We are looking for a Registered Manager who is looking for a fresh opportunity and who would love to be part of something that they can put their own stamp on, putting the children at the forefront of everything. The job vacancy may also suit a talented Deputy Manager who is ready to make the next step in their career and step up to become a Registered Manager. If that’s you, then this is a wonderful opportunity.

Key Information & Criteria

  • Up to £52K per annum DOE + bonus.
  • Benefits include Blue Light card, counselling service, & contribution scheme.
  • 33 days paid holiday per annum & 10 days sick leave per annum.
  • 4-bedded home.
  • Level 3 Children & Young People / Residential Care essential.
  • Minimum 3-years’ experience in a Children’s Residential setting.  
  • A proven track record in a leadership/management role in a Children’s Residential service.
  • Car Driver desirable.
  • They will put you through your Level 5 Leadership & Management too if you do not already hold this qualification.

The Home

The home is decorated to a high standard, it is modern, and is a safe haven for the children to grow and flourish. There is a real homely, family feel to the home, and it is a wonderful place to work. Set in large peaceful gardens, with wooded areas and a pond, there is lots for the children to enjoy. There is seating areas and open space for lots of fun activities including BBQs in the summer. All of the children’s rooms are uniquely named to tie together the whole therapeutic approach this provider follows.

The Children

The children supported within this home will receive the very best therapeutic support available to them from the team, but also the on-site Therapist. As a small provider, the focus will be on achieving and working to Ofsted requirements to provide a unique tailored approach, individual to the child, whilst providing them a safe and nurturing environment to thrive.

Apply

To apply for this Registered Children’s Home Manager job, just click apply and send us your CV. We will call you to discuss the vacancy in more detail and answer any questions.

Health & Social Care Jobs are the UK’s leading Permanent Recruitment experts for the Children’s Residential and Specialist Education sector. We are bespoke, unique and a trusted, valued, recruitment partner for candidates and Providers across the UK. We will always handle your application professionally and with the strictest of confidence. We Love what we do, we want you to love what we do too!

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Location: London, Greater London.  

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The job is based in Preston, Lancashire, but there is an £8K relocation package available. Initially you will take registration and mentor the Deputy Manager to take over registration after 18-months while you progress into an Operations role and oversee several homes.

Job Type: Permanent, full-time hours.

We are recruiting on behalf of a small provider which means that they put the children at the forefront of everything they do. It also means that a robust team will always fully support you. You are surrounded by a team who are all ready to support each other.

The home has recently been renovated to a high standard and as Registered Manager you will be autonomous in your role. The children you support are living with Emotional Behavioural Difficulties (EBD), and you will be key in helping them grow into young adults. You will manage the referral process, manage the budget, and mentor the staff team.

Criteria

  • Experience of working with Children in a Residential Care Home – essential.
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership & Management for Residential Childcare – essential.
  • Within the last five years, worked for at least 2 years in Deputy Manager job or above.
  • Worked for at least one year in a role requiring supervision and management.

If you meet the criteria for this Registered Children’s Home Manager job vacancy and you are excited by the opportunity, then we would love to speak to you and tell you more, so please click apply.

Social Care & Education Jobs are the UK’s leading Permanent Recruitment experts for the Health & Social Care & Children’s Residential sector. We are bespoke, unique and a trusted, valued, recruitment partner for candidates and Providers across the UK. We will always manage your application professionally and with the strictest of confidence. We love what we do, we want you to love what we do too!

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Salary: £50K per annum starting salary + bonus (increasing to £60K per annum) + relocation bonus.

The job is based in Preston, Lancashire, but there is an £8K relocation package available. Initially you will take registration and mentor the Deputy Manager to take over registration after 18-months while you progress into an Operations role and oversee several homes.

Job Type: Permanent, full-time hours.

We are recruiting on behalf of a small provider which means that they put the children at the forefront of everything they do. It also means that a robust team will always fully support you. You are surrounded by a team who are all ready to support each other.

The home has recently been renovated to a high standard and as Registered Manager you will be autonomous in your role. The children you support are living with Emotional Behavioural Difficulties (EBD), and you will be key in helping them grow into young adults. You will manage the referral process, manage the budget, and mentor the staff team.

Criteria

  • Experience of working with Children in a Residential Care Home – essential.
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership & Management for Residential Childcare – essential.
  • Within the last five years, worked for at least 2 years in Deputy Manager job or above.
  • Worked for at least one year in a role requiring supervision and management.

If you meet the criteria for this Registered Children’s Home Manager job vacancy and you are excited by the opportunity, then we would love to speak to you and tell you more, so please click apply.

Social Care & Education Jobs are the UK’s leading Permanent Recruitment experts for the Health & Social Care & Children’s Residential sector. We are bespoke, unique and a trusted, valued, recruitment partner for candidates and Providers across the UK. We will always manage your application professionally and with the strictest of confidence. We love what we do, we want you to love what we do too!