Children, Education and Skills

Newcastle upon Tyne

Deputy Officer in Charge

Please note that in all cases written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers BEFORE the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise



Full time

£39,571 - £42,614 per annum (pay award pending)

Children’s Social Care Services

Do you want to make a positive difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable young people? Are you motivated to provide high quality care and support to young people, especially those with the most complex and challenging needs? Do you want an employer who will support you to have the career that is right for you?

If this is you - then Newcastle City Council is the place for you!

We are looking for an experienced, dynamic and highly motivated management team to join our residential services, supporting the management of a multi building children’s home. These posts are integral to our children’s homes which provide high quality care and support to our most vulnerable young people, who have often experienced multiple placement breakdowns due to complex needs and behaviours. We aim to work with these young people to provide the consistency and stability they need, enabling them to stay safely in Newcastle.

To succeed as the Deputy officer in charge you must have an excellent understanding of the needs of young people and families and be committed to making a lasting difference to their lives.

You will be a confident and creative person whose mentoring and leadership skills will enable the young people you are caring for to have positive experiences, grow, develop and thrive. You will understand the impact that complex needs such as trauma, mental health difficulties and neurodevelopmental disorders, can have on young people and be able to work with the manager to lead and support the staff team to work positively and effectively, dealing with verbal and physical aggression, using a trauma informed approach.

You will have experience of building a resilient and successful team through reflective supervision and skilful leadership, ensuring the safety of young people, staff and the general public. This is a busy role so outstanding organisational skills, an ability to maintain high quality case records and the ability to work collaboratively with other professionals, including social workers, CAMHS services and the police, are all essential.

The post requires experience of working in residential care and a recognised social work qualification or a qualification equivalent to the Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare. You may also be required to cover shifts including occasional sleep ins.

Working for Newcastle City Council

Working in Newcastle we will encourage you to be creative and progress your career and working with us you will receive:

• A dedicated 5-day induction

• Generous annual leave in addition to Bank Holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually

• A range of flexible working options

• Access to wellbeing initiatives

• Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme

• Access to home electronics and car leasing schemes

If you want to find out more about the roles you can speak with Paul Lundie, Corporate Parenting Manager on 0191 277 2976 or Janette Brown Placement Planning and Sufficiency Lead on 0191 211 6308.

We are committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment. These posts are working in regulated activity. If you are successful, we will undertake additional recruitment checks which will include a check to see if you have had any criminal convictions, a check of police information and we will check the barred list(s). It is a criminal offence for a barred individual to apply for a job in regulated activity.

As this post involves working with children, vulnerable adults or dealing with sensitive information, written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers before the final selection stage, even if you indicate otherwise.

The successful candidate will be required to register with Ofsted and will require further LA checks and health checks to be carried out.

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Closing date:

5 October 2022

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