Residential Lead–Children’s Social Care

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Residential Lead–Children’s Social Care
Stafford, Staffordshire
Interim Position

Staffordshire 5220063

Posted: 21st November 2022 11:47
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  • Pay Rate:

    up to £35.45 per hour PAYE, depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • Stafford, Staffordshire,

    ST16 3NQ

What's involved with this role:

Interim Residential Lead–Children’s Social Care

Reference no: Staffordshire 5220063

Pay rate: up to £35.45 per hour PAYE, depending on experience

Enhanced DBS required (Valid 12 Months)

Children’s Barred List Check

Note: this post is designated as an essential car user & involves frequent travel within the area

Hybrid working arrangement


The postholder will ensure that children homes and short breaks services are compliant with Children’s Homes Regulations, operating within the remit of their registration; are of high quality and used effectively and are flexible in adapting to provide a range of support packages to meet the needs of disabled children and their families, those on the edge of care and looked after children and young people.. 


Key responsibilities:

  • Provide technical expertise and oversight for those children who are in Residential Settings and ensure that the needs of these children are visible, co-ordinated, integrated and underpinned by current legislation, regulations and guidance.
  • Be an advocate and champion for the voice of children within care settings and address inequalities across the children’s system ensuring appropriate engagement in forums to influence and shape the children and families agenda.
  • Work in partnership with the District Leads, Children’s Residential Settings and the Head of Market Development and Sufficiency to deliver a high-quality service provision that meets the needs of our young people
  • Lead and motivate operational residential managers and their staff teams in ensuring high standards of service are offered
  • Work collaboratively across the Children System to ensure that children and families who require services are responded to in a timely and effective manner
  • Ensuring that all staff members are aware of, and adhere to, the policy framework in which they are required to perform including statutory and regulatory inspection frameworks


“Specific Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:


Experience & Knowledge / Technical skills

  • Degree level qualification or equivalent
  • Relevant Social Work qualification registered with social work
  • A relevant professional/management qualification or evidence of substantial management training
  • Substantial post qualifying experience of working substantially in social work services to children and families
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of Residential services
  • and safeguarding
  • Substantial experience of managing residential services for
  • children and young people
  • Substantial supervisory and management experience and knowledge of relevant HR guidance and procedure relating to
  • people management.
  • Experience in the management and investigation of complaints
  • Knowledge of primary legislation, statutory guidance and national reviews in relation to the delivery of residential


Skills & Abilities

  • Proven leadership qualities and the ability to inspire and motivate
  • Strong inter-personal skills with proven ability to develop and sustain effective relationships
  • High level analytical, presentational and communication skills
  • High level risk assessment skills
  • Ability to work under pressure in potentially stressful situations and meet competing deadlines
  • Ability and experience of using IT systems
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and written
  • Supportive and committed to personal and professional development
  • Ability to travel to various locations as required both within Staffordshire and outside of the County (special arrangements can apply for people with disabilities)
  • Ability to make sound judgements and risk assessment based on analysis of the relevant facts in crisis situations.


To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF.

NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD.

If you have previously applied to one of our vacancies and have already sent the required supporting documentation to us, please make this clear when you re-apply as this will help speed up your application.

To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF. 

If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity. 

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.


Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.
  5. Full Driving licence, access to a vehicle or access to means of mobility support.
  6. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


Please note that clients invariably ask us to strip out contact details from CVs before we submit them for consideration. This is always quicker and easier to do if you send your CV to us in Word format, rather than as a PDF please

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Job Ref: Staffordshire 5220063
Residential Lead–Children’s Social Care
Client Category: Local Authority

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