Registered Manager - Children's Home
My old man says Children are all snotty little herberts!
He would not get this job as Registered Manager of a child and adolescent residential home.
You on the other hand, recognise that kids don't all get a good start in life.
You've also decided that a career in residential children’s care is definitely for you.
You have experience in the field already and understand what a difference quality clinical support has to the well-being of youngsters.
It's less likely that you have seen what a difference in-house specialist clinical psychologists and Clinical Nurse Specialists can make though; but that's because not all providers of residential child care are as good as my client.
Also, you know that the environment youngsters call home is important too and as a result, it would appeal to you if your work place was a beautiful farm house.
One that has been newly modernised, surrounded by scenic views, lovely places for walks and that removes a lot of risk.
Simply by its design and location.
On the subject of risk, well firstly you will receive level 5 safeguarding training if you haven’t already got it.
Then there is the no restraint policy.
My client doesn’t work with violent kids; and under no circumstances would my dad's approach (a clip round the ear) be right, but you know that.
These guys do in-depth assessments, supported by Consultant Psychiatrist input to determine a child’s fit with fellow residents.
They also aim to provide care to those who are at a certain stage in their recovery.
As for you:
Well firstly you will understand risk and be able to put together a decent risk assessment.
If you couldn’t do that, then how could you expect others to do so?
Well work is work we can’t deny it, but if you know a bit about emotional regulation and boundary management and might be able to describe transference, then you probably know how to make this type of workplace a fun one.
If not, well you can rely on a senior management team who gives you a best practice amount of reflective space and 1-1 time each month to get you there.
Look no further than your own line manager and counterparts who will tell you all about their progression at interview.
What about training?
How many companies are prepared to advertise that they will support you to go to university and obtain a relevant degree, up to level 7 standard at that?
And the package?
Well let’s just say it is a leading package with good pay and fabulous benefits including a good pension, that is pretty much unrivalled amongst its competitors.
Oh, and did somebody say access to company cars?
So, if you have a Level 4 or equivalent in Health and Social Care (preferably but not essentially in Children and Young People), some leadership skills and a good attitude, then get in touch and don't delay.
There’s much more to tell you about this very exciting opportunity!