Assistant Unit Manager

Supervisor / Manager (Children's Social Care)
1800009B Requisition #
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| Starting Salary £28221 Per annum | Permanent Full Time, 37 hours per week I


The Residential Service manages mainstream, overnight break units alongside an Outreach Service across the county to provide high quality support for vulnerable children, young people and their families. The service works with children and young people who are looked after by Lancashire County Council and with Young People and families in an Outreach capacity and children, young people and their families who require facilities following an assessment for a short break as they have profound learning disabilities.

Key responsibilities include:

  • To assist the Registered Manager in the management and administration of the service and the leadership of the team.
  • To instil, promote and maintain working relationships with all levels of management, employees and service users, (including other directorates of the County Council and external agencies) which fully reflect the Directorates standard of conduct and statement of principles.
  • The post holder is expected to carry out their duties and responsibilities in accordance with the County Council’s policies and procedures and the Directorates statement of principles, ethical standards and standards of conduct.
  • To instil, promote and maintain a healthy and safe environment for all levels of management, employees and Service Users within the service as directed by current legislation and the County Council’s policies and protocols.
  • To assist the Registered Manager in their responsibility for the overall effective leadership, management and administration of the home in accordance with the Children's Homes Regulations 2015 and associated Quality Standards; and for pursuing the objectives of the directorate in providing an appropriate environment for young people which meets their needs.
  • To assist the legally Registered Manager under the Care Standards Act 2000 and to ensure that the home operates in accordance with all legislation relevant to a children's home. (Appendix A attached)
  • To operate the home in accordance with the statement of purpose to create a warm and stimulating environment that meets the assessed needs of young people and ensure the home promotes and fulfils its core function, particularly in regard to care plans, placement plans and risk assessments.
  • To assist in the recruitment of staff in line with the County Council and Directorate Recruitment and Selection policies, procedures and protocols.
  • To promote young people's rights and ensure that young people have access to information regarding their rights, facilitating regular meetings which allow young people to contribute to the running of the unit.
  • To facilitate and support agreed Care Packages in the community.
  • To assist in the delivery of Family Support Services
  • To assist in managing the inspections of residential children's homes.
  • To contribute towards Care Planning and Safeguarding for Young People.
  • To assist with all aspects of preparing the children's home to manage change.
  • To manage and supervise staff teams.
  • To assist with the leadership and management of the children's home.
  • To develop effective quality assurance and performance management mechanisms throughout the children's home, and the wider residential service to ensure compliance with national and local standards and targets.
  • To ensure that the voice of young people is heard.
  • To ensure the safeguarding of children and young people is paramount.
  • To assist with the financial management of the children's home.
  • To ensure compliance with current legislation, and LCC policies and protocols in relation to children and young people
  • To contribute to the development of the whole of care services for CYP by attending and contributing to meetings within the service and external agencies.
  • To contribute towards, and ensure that, all policies and protocols for the residential service are current, comprehensive and fit for purpose.
  • To comply with the Directorate's administrative and financial procedures including the maintenance of appropriate records, budget monitoring and ensuring value for money.
  • To be competent with Information Technology and all computer systems on an Integrated Children System.
  • To be responsible for personal training and continued learning and development.
  • To deputise in the absence of the Registered Manager and to undertake any other duties and responsibilities of an equivalent nature as required by the line Manager.
  • Please note that this post requires the post holder to be able to drive

Great holiday entitlement, 25 – 31 days annual leave each year.


Purchase of additional annual leave scheme, Ability to buy up to 20 extra annual leave days per year.


Flexible working arrangements

  • Flexible working hours
  • Agile working:
  • Term-time working
  • Job share opportunities
  • Career breaks
  • Unpaid Leave

Paid sick leave


Family Friendly Support Schemes

  • Help to balance family commitments, including generous maternity leave, paternity leave and support for working carers.

Local Government Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution

  • A contributory pension scheme with death in service payments, life assurance and dependents pensions.
  • Eyesight test contribution


Qualifications and Training Courses

  • Social Work Academy – Social Workers
  • Apprenticeship scheme – available to all employees 

Occupational Health Services 


A long service award scheme


The post you are applying for is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). If successful you will be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a 'disclosure'. Further information can be found on the 'Our Recruitment Process' tab.


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