Job Title: National Care Manager
Salary: Upto £60,000 dependent on experience, plus car allowance
Location: Home Based with extensive travel
Hours: Full-Time

If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!

We’re looking for a National Care Manager to join Acorn Education and Care. Someone who is committed to the Safeguarding and Care of children and young people would be perfect for this role.

About the Group

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

We provide Education and Care across a number of schools and residential homes nationally. Our specialist SEN provision, coupled with our expertise within residential care means we offer thousands of vulnerable children and young people across the UK a holistic, wraparound care, residential and education service, empowering them with everything they need to flourish. It is by no accident that 94% of our homes are rated as Outstanding or Good.

We welcome staff who share our commitment to help children experience better days and better lives. Through ongoing development and training, we ensure our staff are well prepared for their jobs and given every opportunity to extend their skills.


About the Role

The National Care Manager role is a senior strategic management role for a specified region of residential services, providing structured operational support, guidance and expertise. The role is responsible for the strategic development and performance of the Heads of Care, Registered Managers and their services, outside of day to day operational management.

The main focus for the National Care Manager will be on our care model integration, service improvement and people development. You will also be responsible for early intervention and support prior to crisis and ensure all support service delivery is in line with the OFG/Acorn Care & Education’s vision, mission and values.


Who we are looking for

We are looking for someone who has had extensive and successful experience as a senior leader within a children or young person’s care environment. You should have a positive work ethic and have a track record of producing and effective leadership team. The suitable candidate will need to be able to work autonomously with very strong interpersonal skills.

You will have a willingness to travel and be approachable for our team that have a lot of experience working with children and adults with complex needs. As part of this role you will be required to develop the team’s performance and abilities, so good communication skills and the ability to lead and manage strategically are vital.

You should have an extensive knowledge surrounding safeguarding of children and young people, as a main responsibility of the National Care Manager will be ensuring that safeguarding procedures are implemented correctly.  We want someone who places a focus on the positive outcomes of our children and adults 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, excellent leadership skills, the right motivation and personal qualities are just as important.


Essential Criteria

  • Must have experience as a senior leader within children or young person’s care environment.
  • Experience liaising with local authorities.
  • Experience of independent visits and QA processes
  • Experience of leading CPD in care and safeguarding
  • A great understanding of Ofsted/CQC requirements


Why work for us

  • Social activities
  • "Your Wellbeing Matters"
  • Employee Rewards Hub
  • No two days are ever the same
  • 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


Applications are invited online though the Acorn Education and Care website If you have any further questions regarding how to apply please contact the recruitment team at

Acorn Education and Care 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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