PURPOSE OF THE ROLE
To support the Registered Care Manager in the overall management of the home. In line with the Statement of Purpose. This includes assisting the manager in supervisory responsibilities within the team, promoting, safeguarding and caring for the welfare of the young people alongside having understanding and commitment that this care is provided in line with the Children's Homes Regulations 2015, The Guide to the Children's Homes 2015, company policy, and ethos as required by My Choice Children's Homes, My Choice School and OFSTED.
The Deputy Care Manager will be responsible for the home in the Care manager's absence undertaking full management and day to day responsibilities. The Deputy Care Manager will undertake specific responsibilities within he home. Listed in Duties and responsibilities below.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
To support the Registered Care Manager in ensuring compliance and adhering to company Policy and Procedures.
To adhere to the Children's Homes Regulations 2015 and requirements set by Ofsted.
To support and manage the home during Ofsted Inspections, either to undertake a proactive approach, oversee the running of the home and support the manager.
To maintain high standards in the home and act as a positive role model.
To deputise/ act up for the Registered Care Manager in their absence (e.g. holidays, sickness over 1 week)
To safeguard and promote the welfare and development of the young people.
To ensure that the young people's needs are recognised and met where possible. This includes ensuring that they are free from discrimination within the home and to challenge discrimination from outside of the home.
To ensure that the home meets the individual needs of the young people as well as the needs of the group.
To ensure that the home provides an environment that is safe and sensitive to the needs of the young people being looked after.
To support the manager and team to ensure that the admission of the young people to the home is welcoming and reflects the expectations of the care plan. To ensure the bedroom is safe and up to a high standard of repair and decoration in conjunction with the maintenance team.
To support the manager and the team to ensure that the young person's stay complies with the ethos of the company and the care plan.
To support the manager and the team to ensure that when the young person comes to leave the home that this is done sensitively and within the company's policy and procedures.
To ensure that the young people are supported in stressful situations or crisis. To work within the behavior management policy within the company.
Work with the manager and team towards the most positive outcome for the young person.
To be instrumental in overseeing the development, monitoring and implementation of the individual young people's care plans and case files.
To support the manager in ensuring care plans are regularly reviewed by key workers.
To develop and maintain good working relationships with parents, social workers, My Choice schools and other professionals involved with the welfare of the young people.
To ensure the specific needs of the young people are met i.e. religious observance, cultural needs, dietary requirements and any medical conditions and their treatment
To ensure that each young person is supported in learning to take responsibility for their actions within their understanding and according to age and ability.
To ensure that they are informed of their rights and responsibilities enabling them to have their wishes and feelings heard.
To support the manager in providing the team with positive leadership and guidance.
To be involved, where appropriate, with staff recruitment and induction.
To support the manager in ensuring that all staff receive regular supervision.
To support the manager in ensuring that all staff are appraised annually.
To attend training and support manager in ensuring staff attend required training.
To be instrumental in maintaining good communication systems, including handovers, staff meetings, log books and regular meetings.
To support the manager in managing the welfare of staff offering support at times of stress, praising work completed and monitoring performance including sickness absence.
To work with the Head Teacher at My Choice School to ensure good home school communication.
To be involved in the monitoring, performance management of staff and where necessary disciplinary action.
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
Hours of work are an average of 42 hours per week, working a five week rolling rota pattern of 'two days on, three days off'. You are required to work any day of the week. You are required to sleep-in at the home when on duty which is reflected in the salary.
Day one shift starts at 10am to 11pm
Sleep in 11pm to 8am
Day two shift starts at 8am to 11pm
Sleep in 11pm to 8am
Day Three shift finishes at 8am to 10am
Holiday entitlement: 5.6 weeks per annum
THIS POST IS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA BEING MET
1. Suitably experienced / qualified evidence of qualifications required
2. Satisfactory formal interview at Head Office
3. Satisfactory second interview
4. Satisfactory references
5. Satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check
6. Satisfactory overseas check (if required
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