House Manager – Residential Children’s Services


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34Job Description:House Manager

Contract Type: Full-time, permanent

Salary: Level 3 Qualified Salary: £33,000

Level 5 Qualified Salary: £35,000 increasing to £37,000 following competency and positive inspection outcomes

Location: Wimborne, Dorset

Specific Hours: 40 hours

Who are we?

Budwood, a part of Polaris Community, are a local business providing the very best supported living accommodations for young adults over the age of 16. Our young people here may have experienced adverse childhood experiences and so the aim of the service is to provide them with a stable comfortable home. As such, they will receive high levels of support and guidance to keep them safe as well as guidance to enable them to learn new skills to help with a successful transition to independence and adulthood.

We are looking for a passionate and motivated House Manager to manage one of our 4-bedded supported living homes in Winbourne. You will be responsible for managing all aspects of running the Home, to ensure the young people are supported and prepared to move on to independent, ensuring the home is run to meet all compliance as well as ensuring the overall practice of the home is of the highest standard. As the Home Manager, you will ensure the high levels of emotional and physical support, appropriate activities, comfortable accommodation and the service of keyworkers are planned, provided and applied in accordance with home’s service specification to allow our young people to reach their full potential.

Reporting to the Area Manager, you will work closely with other House Managers in your area to ensure the effective running of services. You will manage the day-to-day operations of the home, supervise the staff, engage with the young people as required and lead on the professional networking with our Local Authority customers. We have a fantastic support system of experienced and well qualified staff such as Clinical; Education and QA Leads, HR and Training Office and an Area Manager who will all support you within your role and ensure that as a full team you provide the very best service.

Main Duties and Requirements:

  • To be responsible for the management, co-ordination and development of a range of quality services for young people referred and/or accommodated within the home.
  • To promote the practice of working in partnership with young people, their families, other Budwood staff, and other agencies, in order to meet the needs of young people.
  • To provide effective leadership by implementing organisational strategies, in order to enable objectives of Budwood Services to be achieved.
  • To promote team development and effective team working.
  • To maximise the effectiveness of staff through motivation, development and the application of Budwood personnel policies.
  • To take the lead in setting standards and evaluating achievements; to take a proactive role in securing improvements in the quality of services provided by Budwood.
  • To contribute to the development of corporate policies and service initiatives, aimed at improving the service provided by Budwood
  • To set and review targets and objectives for the home’s staff team in order to ensure that work is focused and has clear direction.
  • To provide operational management of the staff team and to deploy appropriate staff resources in order that key tasks are fulfilled. To ensure that enough back up resources are available in emergency/out of hour’s situations including participation in an out of hours ‘On-Call’ rota.
  • To have line management responsibilities for a staff team, ensuring that all staff receive appropriate induction, supervision and appraisal.
  • To be responsible for ensuring a full flow of information into and out of the team and to develop effective communication strategies and systems which assist staff in the operation of their duties.
  • To take a lead role in the gate keeping and allocation of a range of services provided to meet the identified needs of young people.
  • To ensure that the staff team are enabled to undertake such duties with young people who are non-resident or who have been resident in order to provide continuity of care where appropriate or to avoid risks and deterioration of behaviours and health.
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Benefits of working for Budwood:

  • A generous holiday package of 30 days annual leave
  • All meals on duty are provided
  • Company pension
  • Access to our Exchange Employee Discount Scheme
  • Access to wellbeing programmes via our Exchange Provision
  • Access to Therapeutic Parenting (DDP Level 1) training and Level 5 in Management of Children’s Services qualification
  • Monthly clinical and professional supervisions, access to therapeutic support

Budwood Limited is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates. The company is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be subject to a DBS check at enhanced level if successful for the position.


Location: Wimborne, Dorset

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