NW2, London
£31,552 per year
Temporary, 12 Months Fixed Term, Full-time
Job description

We have a fantastic opportunity to join St Christopher's fellowship as our new Deputy Manager for our children’s home in North London, a home with 8 bedrooms. You will lead and support a professional team of staff committed to transforming young lives and creating positive outcomes. You will be supported by a Registered Manager, Team Leaders, and the team of residential staff.

About Us

St Christopher's is an established children’s charity that has provided care and support for vulnerable children and young people for 150 years.  Our focus and commitment is all about our children and young people. We provide fostering, children's homes and a range of innovative housing and support services across London, Essex, West Midlands and the Isle of Man.

We really care about children and young people, placing them at the centre of everything we do. We ask children and young people what they think and involve them in decision making, from helping to shape new services to interviewing new members of staff.  Our social pedagogic approach is our core philosophy of care.  Put simply this is a holistic approach for building positive relationships with children and young people to bring out their inner “diamond”.

We are an equal opportunity employer and keen to develop an inclusive workforce were people feel they belong.  We hope to attract application from under- represented groups including people from different cultures, nationalities, socio economic backgrounds, ages, disabilities, religion, faith, sex, orientation, child care responsibilities and with gender diverse identities.

St Christopher’s Academy

At St Christopher`s we can provide more than just a care job. We can offer you a career where you can develop your skills and knowledge while making a difference to young people’s lives.

When you join St Christopher’s, we will set you up in your career with a tailored development plan. Whether you want to move across to a different service, become a Manager or just explore further your current role, we will support you to map out your career trajectory and help you achieve your professional ambitions.

We are proud that 84% of all our Team Leaders, Deputies and Managers are internal promotions. 

The successful candidate will have:

  • Two years’ recent experience of working with children/young people in a residential setting.
  • Degree in Social Work/DipSW/CQSW, or at least Level 3 NVQ or Diploma relevant to working with children.
  • Ability to develop appropriate one-to-one relationships with young people and employ mentoring skills that empower young people to achieve their goals
  • Numeracy skills to manage budgets efficiently and contribute to the budgetary process.
  • An understanding of the regulatory framework relevant to the provision of residential services for children and young people.
  • Awareness of issues facing young people such as bullying, gangs and exploitation and how these impact on behaviour
  • Ability to work shifts including weekends and bank holidays and undertake sleep-ins.
  • Ability and willingness to be part of an on call rota overseeing multiple Homes.

Key aspects of the job will be: 

  • To assist the manager in safeguarding and ensuring every child and young person receives high quality care as measured by Ofsted in the social care common inspection framework.
  • To assist the manager in the management of the home, including the staff, external relationships, the budget, the resources and fabric of the building.

In return we offer:

  • Salary: £31,552
  • A friendly working environment, a fun, open and honest culture.
  • 25 days holiday rising to 27 days after 3 years’ service, plus Bank Holidays, pro-rata.
  • Industry Leading training programme including access to level 3 qualifications, children’s right and participation, CSE, empowerment, mental health and Social Pedagogy,
  • Contributory pension scheme, Enhanced Maternity and Company Sick Scheme.
  • BUPA Employee Assistance Programme, offering counselling, financial advice and legal support.
  • Interest-free season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme.
  • Discount shopping scheme at hundreds of retailers across the UK.
  • Discretionary Funded Training Programs.
  • Employee Awards based on performance and length of service.

Recruitment Process

At St Christopher’s we are committed to the safeguarding of all children and young people in our care. During the recruitment process you will be expected to complete an online application form to ensure we capture essential information to meet legislation, best practice and vetting requirements.

Applicants will ideally already be on the DBS Update Service; if this is not the case St Christopher's will carry out a DBS (police) check prior to starting. 

Your online application must include a supporting statement addressing the criteria stated in the Person Specification. For more information or assistance during the application process, please visit our website.

We advise to apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and this opportunity might be filled before the stated closing date.

St Christopher’s Fellowship has a minimum age requirement of 21 for roles working directly with children and young people in our residential and semi-independent Homes.

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Posted on: 21 October 2021
Closed date: 20 November 2021
Job ref: 12925
Tags: Social Care/Development, Care Management