Care Deputy Team Leader (Senior) (38 week residential)

Hours: Term time + 1 week (39 weeks), 42.5 hours per week.

Salary: up to £24,000 depending on experience and qualifications

Are you an aspiring care manager in a children’s setting or an ambitious care worker looking for progression?

Are you amazing with vulnerable and challenging young people?

Are you ready to take the first steps as care manager?

Do you want a job where you have school holidays off?

Would you like to work in the grounds of a beautiful country house with forests, fishing lakes and sports facilities all at the disposal of your young people?

If so we have the role for you!

We’re looking for a Deputy Team Leader (Senior) to join The Grange Therapeutic School care team. Someone with a holistic and integrated approach to care, education and clinical services would be perfect for this role.

About the School

The Grange Therapeutic School is an independent special school for young people aged 8 -18 years with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. The school is 38 week, term time only and has 14 residential places out of a total capacity of 85.  Our school is based in a Victorian country house in Leicestershire with stunning views and fantastic facilities to develop not only the educational, but also the social and emotional needs of our pupils. With access to woods and lakes on site, the school has an ethos about delivering a personalised curriculum tailored to, and driven by, the individuals. The school has two residential houses in the village with experienced, hardworking and skilled staff. At the last Ofsted inspection care was assessed as “good” with the impact of leaders rated “outstanding”.

About the Group

We are part of the Acorn Care and Education and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

Acorn Care and Education provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through relentless focus on caring and learning.

About the Role

The Deputy Team Leader (Senior) role is an operational management role in one of the 2 residential houses at The Grange. Reporting into the Team Leader, this role is ideally for an experienced residential worker wanting to make the first steps in to management.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for someone who has had successful experience as a residential care worker within a children or young person’s care environment. Pervious management experience would be a bonus. You should have a positive work ethic and be able to work effectively to produce an effective leadership team.

You will be working with a bubbly team of skilled staff who have a lot of experience working with children with social and emotional needs. Good communication, administrative skills and a focus on the welfare of children is essential.

You should have an extensive knowledge surrounding safeguarding of children and young people. We want someone who places a focus on the positive outcomes of our children and takes responsibility for helping improve the lives of our young people.

While experience of working with children and young people with special educational needs is desirable, the right motivation and personal qualities are just as important.

Essential Criteria

  • The ability to work with young people in groups
  • To work on own initiative and unsupervised
  • Demonstrate own skills and abilities in providing out of school activities for young people
  • Ability to produce an appropriate high standard of reporting and recording both written and electronically
  • Significant knowledge of the needs of young people
  • Significant knowledge of good quality residential care, children’s rights and safeguarding children.
  • Hold NVQ Level 3 or higher
  • 2 years experience working in care setting with young people
  • Knowledge of inspection regulations and frameworks

Why work for us

  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Continuous professional development and training for a clear career path
  • Supporting team environment
  • Well resourced provision
  • School holidays and most weekends off

Applications are invited online though the Acorn Care and Education website If you have any further questions regarding how to apply or arrange a visit please contact 01664 454264 or email Stephanie Watt on

Acorn care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS. We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best outcome possible for everybody in our care. A full application form must be completed with all employment dates accurate and gaps in employment accounted for

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