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Experienced Children's Home Registered Manager required. Permanent role based in Basildon, Essex

We are recruiting for a Registered Children's Home Manager for a small residential service in Basildon, Essex  As a Registered Home Manager you will need to be level 5 qualified and have practical experience of running a children's residential service.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • At least two years experience working as a Deputy or Registered Manager in an OFSTED registered Children's Home (Preferably GOOD/Outstanding Home).
  • Level 5 Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare (or equivalent qualification) or willingness to work towards this qualification
  • To report to the Area Manager, Responsible Individual and Directors
  • To ensure that the young people's needs are recognised and met. This includes ensuring that they are free from discrimination within the home and to challenge discrimination from outside the home. 
  • To protect the young people from harm in and outside the home. 
  • To manage the home in compliance with Ofsted legislation including liaison with Ofsted and Reg 44 in line with guidance from Area Manager and Responsible Individual and following the ethos and policies of the company. 
  • To provide leadership, guidance and management of the staff team. To be part of the team and work collectively
  • To oversee with guidance from Area Manager and RI and participate in the development, implementation and monitoring of the individual young people's care plans. 
  • To be involved with Responsible Individual and Area Manager in the safe recruitment of staff. 
  • To ensure that staff attend the company's internal training schemes and to provide house-based training as needed with guidance from Area Manager. Ensure that all staff are compliant with training records in liaison with HR 
  • To be involved in the monitoring and where necessary the disciplinary of staff with guidance and support from the Area Manager. 
  • To develop and maintain good working relationships with parents, social workers, schools and other professionals concerned with the welfare of the young people. 
  • To use the home as a model to support and develop the social skills of the young people whilst working with the team to provide a family based support network in line with company ethos.. 
  • To ensure with the Area Manager and RI that the home provides an environment that is safe and sensitive to the needs of young people being looked after. 
  • To ensure that the home meets the needs of the individual young people and the needs of the group. 
  • To maintain a good understanding of child protection and safeguarding procedures. These need be reviewed and learned  
  • To maintain good communication systems, including handovers, staff meetings, log books and regular meetings with the Directors or their representatives. 
  • To fully participate in the organisation quality assurance systems providing regular reports and updates to the AM, RI and the Directors.
  • Adhere to the therapeutic philosophy of the home / organisation, reviewing care plans regularly with RI and AM to reflect therapeutic practises. 
  • To attend meetings and all training as required. 
  • To share the responsibility for creating a pleasant working environment. 
  • To be flexible in hours of work in order to meet tasks required but to achieve a minimum of 40 hours during designated office hours in line with social care and to work overtime where required.

Working a 40 hour week. Salary £40,000 - £50,000 dependent on experience/qualifications.

Apply today or contact Kim Baker, ENS Recruitment Southend.

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What people are saying about ENS

I feel I would like to give a positive review on working for ENS in any care capacity. I joined at the start of December 2015 and have been offered enough work to fit around my own needs and other commitments. The work has been varied and I received good information prior to the visit. The excellent dedicated back office support staff and they clearly understand their clients’ needs which are aligned to the qualities of the Support Workers, this helps builds the relationship.

While there is a need for help at short notice to meet the company needs I have been further impressed to have good notice of most of the work intended. My role has been largely Community Support but I have worked with our Residential team and clearly there is plentiful work again with helpful support.

In my dealings with the company I have found the ENS team to be helpful and approachable and need to reiterate how impressed I have been. Thank you to all involved.


A big thank you to you and all of the booking team that have put up with me over the months and helped me get an amazing full time job, Thank you :)


Maria Meddle (ENS Senior Recruitment & Compliance Officer), I would like to use this opportunity to say a big thank you for taking your good time in dealing with my application. Thank you Maria once again for helping me get out of unemployment, I sincerely appreciate all the effort and support you gave me during this period.