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Lead Practitioner/Team Leader (Residential Childcare)

Lead Practitioner/Team Leader (Residential Childcare)

Posted 4 April by Sandcastle Care LTD Easy Apply Featured Ended

Sandcastle Care Ltd

Sandcastle Care Ltd provides residential care for children and young people and are looking to recruit committed individuals to join our growing team.

If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career, this opportunity may be of interest to you. You will provide day to day care, direction and support to young people who may display challenging and disruptive behaviours, emotional and social difficulties. Working within a supportive therapeutic environment you will be part of a team dedicated to caring for young people with compassion and a commitment to positive relationships.

We are currently recruiting for the following position:

Lead Practitioner/Team Leader (Residential Childcare) - Blackpool area

Full Time - Averaging 35 Hours per week

Hourly rate: £9.50 - £10.94

Sleep in Allowance: £40 per night

Main duties and responsibilities of the role:

  • Assist the management of the home in developing the skills and potential of practitioners.

  • Take responsibility for the effective and efficient running of shifts.

  • Work within and ensure effective delivery of the policies and procedures in the home, and the organisation.

  • Monitor and maintain administrative requirements, ensuring that the outcome meets the standards set out in children’s legislation, and the homes working practices.

  • Ensure ongoing assessment of children and young people’s needs in day to day practice.

  • Oversee, supervise and develop the skills of staff in their daily working practice.

  • Promote and actively encourage the delivery of a safe, structured and nurturing environment.

  • Work as part of a multi- disciplinary team both within the home and with external agencies.

  • Relate to and engage young people who display challenging behaviour.

  • Assist young people to identify unsafe, dangerous, harmful and abusive situations, individuals and groups.

  • At all times ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of the children and young people.

  • Ensure staff are aware of and deliver the support required to ensure the life chance opportunities of children and young people are met in relation to their social, educational, leisure, emotional, physical and cultural needs.

  • Ensure the delivery of all key worker areas and responsibilities.

  • Ensure a variety of intervention strategies are utilised in relation to behaviour management.

  • Where required deputise in the absence of the management of the home.

  • Where required attend reviews and or meetings.

  • Ensure an open culture is created so that children and young people feel they can complain and that they are listened to.

  • Ensure that all administrative requirements of the home are maintained in such a way that they are compliant with good childcare practices, homes procedures, company policies and children’s regulations.

  • At all times promote and ensure anti discriminatory practice.

  • Oversee, write and edit all reports when submitted for meetings and reviews.

  • Undertake all relevant training as and when required.

  • You must co-operate with the Company in complying with the Health and Safety requirements and are therefore expected to follow Company policies, to acquaint yourself with the Fire, Health and Safety Procedures at your place of work and report any unsafe practices and conditions.

    The post holder may be reasonably expected to undertake other duties commensurate with the level of responsibility and experience.

    Equal Opportunities

    Sandcastle Care Ltd supports Equal Opportunities in Employment and opposes all forms of unlawful discrimination on grounds such as colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sex, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief and age.


  • Minimum 2 years or more of experience working within a residential setting.
  • Diploma level 3 (Children and young people workforce) or equivalent.
  • Ability to interact with a range of people/young people.
  • Ability to lead a team and to work as part of a team.
  • To be able to provide consistency of care and support to the young people.
  • Experience working with children who may display challenging behaviour.
  • Commitment to working with children who may be at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation.
  • Sleeping in duties and shift work, including evenings and weekends on a rota system.
  • Full Driving Licence is essential.

Benefits for you:

  • Competitive rates of pay and holiday allowance.
  • Full induction, specialist training and accredited qualifications.
  • Opportunities for career development and progression within a growing company.
  • Fully funded DBS.
  • Company pension scheme.
  • Employee assistance program.

Due to the age of the young people in our care all candidates must be at least 21 years old to apply. (Care Standards Act 2000)

All posts are subject to Enhanced Disclosure Procedures.

Sandcastle Care Ltd is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Required skills

  • Behaviour
  • Childcare
  • DBs
  • Young People
  • Residential Care

Reference: 34826720

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