About Us: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. If you would like to play a part in this unique team, please take a look at the vacancies below.
The Role:Here in Kensington and Chelsea, our ambition is to fundamentally change the relationship we have with families. As Partners in Practice with DfE, we are leading the way in using systemic practice for more purposeful and effective interventions with children, young people and their families.
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. 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.
We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced manager, preferably with a social work qualification and who has extensive experience of working with this age group. The post holder will normally work a standard 9-5 working week. Additional benefits are attached to this post – including annual Travel card and Hays PRP.
Olive House links with social workers and multi-disciplinary staff who undertake direct work with young people and provide support to staff to deliver tailored packages of care. Our aim is to develop trusting relationships with young people and their families to support a return home where possible or a stable alternative placement. You will both play a key role in developing effective assessments and interventions to support these goals.
We are looking for an experienced manager with commitment and ambition to lead and develop a skilled team of practitioners, to help improve the lives of young people we care for. You will have experience of working with young people within a statutory setting. Whilst residential experience is preferable, extensive experience of managing teams and a strong commitment and ability to successfully undertake the OFSTED requirements to become a Registered Manager is essential.
The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall delivery of the day to day residential service. IN addition, they will lead on development of the service, embedding excellent practice and focus on outcomes. This will include supporting the development a semi- independent hostel provision for care leavers.
- Extensive experience managing a team in statutory setting, preferably residential setting.
- Social work qualification is highly desirable.
- Diploma in Systemic supervision in a social care context or ability and willingness to achieve this with the support of the local authority.
- Registered children’s home manager or ability to achieve this.
- Extensive experience of working with this age group.
- Excellent communicator both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to work flexibly, outside office hours and to be available for consultation when required.
- To have responsibility for all looked after young people place at Olive House and to ensure the delivery of personalised high-quality care that meets the children’s needs and supports them to achieve their full potential.
- To build upon changes in the provision of Olive House supporting the transition from its previous long-term provision to short, medium term and long term placements and to implement any changes identified to achieve this.
- To build a dynamic team of people to effectively manage and respond to this change.
- To build upon and develop further a multidisciplinary approach to providing support to young people.
- To undertake assessments to ensure young peoples’ needs, including future placement needs, are identified in order to contribute to wider professional assessments being undertaken.
- To work closely with families to achieve stability for young people.
- To ensure that young people are appropriately involved in decisions about their care and living arrangements ensuring that their voices, wishes and feelings are central to their support plans, care plans and overall culture of the home.
- To manage the referral and admission of young people into Olive House, to allocate work and review the cases ensuring that statutory requirements, departmental policy & Ofsted standards and administrative procedures are followed.
- To directly manage the interface with Ofsted and respond effectively to Inspections.
Contact details for an informal discussion: Jackie Harrison (HoS) on 07896 253580 or via email on: