Head of Care, Witham Prospect School, Norton Disney, Lincolnshire

Head of Care Witham Prospect School, Norton Disney, Lincolnshire

Salary – £35,000.00- £40,000.00 per annum.

Average Working Hours – 40 Hours (flexibility will be required when needed).

Closing Date for this Application: 22/04/2021.

About Witham Prospect School

Witham Prospect School is a newly established independent specialist residential care and education organisation that has been created to meet the needs of children and young people aged between 11 and 18 years who have severe and profound learning disabilities and who may also be on the autism spectrum, have complex care needs and behavioural concerns. We are situated on the outskirts of Norton Disney in Lincolnshire. Our ethos is to provide warm, safe and nurturing environments where children and young people entrusted to us are supported and enabled to achieve their full potential in all areas of their social, emotional, physical and academic development.

The Role

We are looking to recruit a Head of Care who is innovative, dynamic and highly motivated, who have an excellent understanding and experience of working and supporting children and young people with severe learning disabilities and complex needs. The Head of Care will be expected to take responsibility for the leadership and management of the Children’s Homes alongside the Registered Manager and work in conjunction with the Designated Safeguarding Lead when necessary. You will be expected to ensure the level of care is consistent across all provision, assist the directors to assess prospective pupils, support residential support workers and manage an extensive team in developing the children’s skills in a safe and nurturing environment.  You will also work closely with the education team at Witham Prospect School, ensuring there is a smooth and ongoing transition in learning between school and the homes and that all times our holistic approach to the care and development of our children and young people is consistent across all areas.

The successful applicant will have the following Essential Criteria:

  • Must already have RQF/NVQ/QCF Level 5 In Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People Services. Or working towards the qualification.
  • Must have worked in a senior role within a Children’s home within the last two years.
  • Previous experience as a Head of Care.
  • Excellent knowledge of Ofsted requirement.
  • Must have an excellent understanding and experience working with children and young people with learning disability, autism and other complex care needs.
  • Excellent working knowledge of safeguarding procedures and how to follow it.
  • Able to act in a professional manner at all times ensuring professional boundaries are maintained.
  • Medication administration trained and experience.
  • Trustworthy and reliable.
  • Self – Motivated, creative and keen to learn.
  • Effective communication and motivation skills.
  • Excellent leadership and supervising skills.
  • A real desire and the capability to achieve the highest standards of care.
  • Ability to work as directed and complete tasks to high standards.
  • Must be enthusiastic, confident and resilient also be able to manage challenging behaviour.

As an employee of Witham Prospect School, you will benefit from:

  • Working for an organisation that is fully committed to achieving the highest possible standards of care and education for our children and young people
  • A fully paid two weeks induction prior to working with children and young people.
  • Extensive training aimed at developing and enhancing skills further through the completion of fully Paid training day as part of your rota.
  • Funded a minimum of QCF level 3 or Equivalent diploma award in Health and Social Care –Children’s Residential Care (if not already achieved).
  • Opportunity to progress and grow within an innovative and progressive organisation.
  • Enhanced rates of pay for relevant NVQ/QCF qualifications.
  • An automatic pension scheme.
  • Fully funded DBS Checks.
  • Employee Assistance programme.
  • Loyalty bonuses (length service award).
  • Meals included.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and young people in our care. In line with our robust Safer Recruitment process the successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service background check and receipt of a minimum of two satisfactory references one which must be from most recent employer and also ability to provide documentation that confirms  legal right to work in United Kingdom

For further information on this post  or to obtain application form, please contact Lilian Akinyosoye, Human Resource Manager, at the following email address: lilian@withamprospect.co.uk or phone 01522 789067.