Head of Children’s Services & Registered Manager (Children’s Home)

SK8 6RQ, Cheadle
Salary range: £44,054 - £53,843 per annum + benefits
14 Jun 2021
12 Jul 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Children’s Services & Registered Manager (Children’s Home)

Cheadle Hulme, near Manchester Airport, SK8 6RQ

Salary range:£44,054 - £53,843 per annum + benefits

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Type: Permanent

Holidays:Year 1 is 25 days plus bank holidays, rising to 30 plus bank holidays after 5 years

Seashell Trust have an exciting opportunity for an inspirational Head of Children’s Services and Registered Manager to join our innovative and ambitious organisation and ‘GOOD’ rated Children’s Home.

Seashell is a national charitable trust with a heritage that stretches over almost 200 years. We support children and young adults with severe, profound and complex learning disabilities, sensory impairment and additional communication and physical needs from across the UK.We provide care and education, for children aged 3-18 years old and young adults aged 19-25 years of age. The children and young adults who learn with us also live with us. In April 2020 Seashell Trust was granted planning consent to develop our new school and campus which will complement the bespoke homes that were built in 2015/16, so this is an excellent time to join the Trust as our site continues to develop and our aspiration and ambition grows.

Role Summary

Reporting to the Director of Care, the post holder will manage a Children’s Home registration of 24 Children and Young People. The Home is located on one campus and consists of 6 detached purpose built dwellings that sit in close proximity to each other within a small private cul de sac. Each house can comfortably accommodate up to four children and young people, with a total capacity for 24 across the six residencies. (As at May 2021, 15 children are resident)

The Head of Children’s Services and Registered Manager will hold one registration for all six of the children’s houses with Ofsted and will work within the Statutory Legislation as set out within the Care Standards Act 2000 and the Children’s Home regulations (2015) and Quality Standards. The Head of Service will assure the quality of care delivered and that the service is fully compliant with Ofsted’s regulatory social care common inspection framework (SCCIF) and any additional relevant legislation.This post would suit applicants who have previously managed and lead multiple services or who have worked in a senior operational management role on a large site.


  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare, equivalent or above (QCF)
  • Demonstrable experience and proven success as a senior Operational Manager and/or Registered Manager or Head of Service working with children and young adults with learning disabilities, complex needs and challenging behaviour
  • Knowledge of communication strategies for non-verbal learners
  • Established leadership and Care management experience in a Children’s Home setting and/or residential education setting
  • Sound knowledge of Children’s Home Regulation and ability to translate the Quality Standards into good and outstanding practice
  • Working understanding of OFSTED’s social care regulatory framework and compliances (SCCIF)
  • Strong line management skills and experience in supporting staff, building effective teams including staff supervision and appraisal
  • Knowledge and understanding of Safeguarding legislation and procedures, preferably in a designated lead role
  • Track record of delivering good and outstanding provision against identified key objectives and performance indicators
    • Flexible approach to work, responsive to the needs of the children and young people and the service provision including evenings, weekends and on-call rota
    • Ability to work and deliver registered services within a larger Trust/Organisational environment which provides access to a full range of on-site support services including Finance, IT, HR, positive Behaviour Management, Safeguarding team, clinical and nursing TDDI provision. All services can be internally ‘commissioned’ by the Head of Children’s Service and RM to support the delivery of services to children, budget management experience is also required
      • Car driver and willingness to use own car in line with Trust’s Safe Driving policy
      • This role will form part of the 7 day on-call rota requiring flexibility to respond to the needs of the children and exigencies of the service incorporating a pattern of work across evening and weekend shifts is required.Full job description available.

Our Benefits

Pension scheme, life assurance, on site gym, onsite wellbeing support, confidential employee assistance programme, cycle scheme, free parking, generous holidays and lots more.

We offer good career development opportunities with performance related pay to progress your salary depending on qualifications, training and experience.

About Seashell Trust

Seashell Trust runs an Outstanding (Ofsted) special School, and a specialist College together with 17 on-site residential homes. The six (6) Children’s Homes (Ofsted), (1) Short Breaks (Ofsted) and (10) CQC rated ‘GOOD’ Young Adult Care Homes. These services are separately registered with Ofsted and CQC respectively under the auspices of other identified Registered Managers.

Our vision is for the children and young people in our care to be safe, happy and to achieve the best possible outcomes so that they are valued and valuable members of their communities.

Our Core Values are represented within the three ‘I’s’ - Integrity Innovation and Involvement

We value diversity and are committed to equal opportunities. Disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria on the person specification will be guaranteed an interview.

This charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We provide an environment that is safeguarded and as part of our safer recruitment policy, the successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check (no cost) and full references will be taken.

Our vision is for the children and young people in our care to be safe, happy and to achieve the best possible outcomes so that they are valued and valuable members of their communities.