Job Title:                    Research and Policy Development Manager

Contract Type:           Fixed Term (Approx. 6 months)

Hours:                        37.5 hours per week

Location:                    Home Based

Salary:                        £35,000 - £40,000 dependent on experience


About the Group:

Outcomes First Group is the largest independent provider of high quality foster care and special needs education and care. We are a vital part of local communities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with a renowned reputation for quality and positive outcomes for the people we care for.

Our specialist care, education and therapeutic services support children and young adults with complex needs and learning disabilities including autism and social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH). Our approach increases the likelihood of positive outcomes by creating an established platform for each pupil, foster child and resident to develop both personally and academically, preparing them for their transition to adulthood.

Our divisional brands include Acorn Care and Education, Hillcrest, National Fostering Group, Options, Pathway Care Residential and Sunflower Fostering.


About the Role:

An opportunity has arisen for a fixed term appointment in our Quality and Compliance team. This position will be needed for approximately 6 months and is a home based role. 

The successful post holder will report to the Group Head of Safeguarding. You will be instrumental in driving improvement across all divisions of the Group. It will also be your responsibility for ensuring that policies and procedures are accessible, clear and compliant with legislative and regulatory requirements and integral to helping our staff perform their roles to the best of their ability.


Who are we looking for?

We are looking for someone that is self-motivated with a strong ability to influence and manage stakeholders at all levels. You must have an excellent understanding of the external Social Care and Education legislative and policy environment with experience in Safeguarding.

You will be a well-organised manager that uses project management skills to take ownership of our Group’s core safeguarding policies and procedures. The ability to deliver high quality research and intelligence is essential and will ensure compliance is met across the company. 


Essential Criteria:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Stakeholder influence and management experience
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience and knowledge of safeguarding legislation and practice.
  • Understanding of the external social care and education sector legislative and policy environment
  • Production and analysis of reports
  • Project management skills and experience


Why work for us?

  • Holidays starting at 25 days per annum
  • Extensive training suite
  • Career development across the Group
  • Professional support network
  • Pension


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all employees to share this commitment and undertake appropriate checks.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer


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