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Service Manager (Residential Childcare)

  • Full time
  • £37,518 – £40,418
  • Sycamore Services, Tayside
  • Closing 23rd November 2020

  • Advertised from 6th November 2020
  • 37.5 hours per week


We are looking for someone who can create a loving, safe and fun home environment for children – could that be you? Come and be part of our exciting new service in Auchterhouse, leading a team of Residential Workers, championing our work to create safe, nurturing, loving care that achieves the best outcomes for the children and young people who live with us. We are proud of our record in providing our young people with the care and support they need to make positive progress and life choices that enable them to fulfil their potential.

When children tell us about what they want to experience where they live, they talk about feeling safe about adults who know, understand and love them and who they trust. They tell us they want to be cared for by adults who can have fun, be silly, help them learn and grow and share memories and experiences with them. Can you be that Loving Professional, develop a team and create an environment where children experience this?

We believe that residential child care works, and that what we do provides individuals with a rewarding experience. The care experience of our children, therefore, is our first consideration. We are looking for a Service Manager who will enthuse their team, have strong values and be able to be an exceptional role model to colleagues and young people alike.

Aberlour’s values are core to everything we do and so you must comfortable working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge your own and others’ practice.

As part of a vibrant Extended Sycamore Services Management Team you will be in a unique and influential position to ensure that the children we look after achieve positive outcomes, while living in Sycamore Services. You will have, and be able to nurture leadership skills, be an excellent communicator and recognise the importance of the use of self in your day to day interactions with people.

We want to recruit a manager who matches and our commitment to life-long learning, for themselves, our staff and children. You must be an effective contributor to our vision with unwavering commitment to the work to enable you to deal positively with the challenges and opportunities that distressed children can bring to their care experience. You will have access to guidance and support but will be expected to advise on, resolve or refer any significant issues. You will have a high level of autonomy in delivering the service. If you want to know more, please contact John Ryan on 07854 958096 for an informal conversation.

This post requires you to register with the Scottish Social Services Council as a Manager of a Residential Child Care Service. You will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 9 or above, plus a management qualification at SCQF level 8 or above or be willing to work towards these qualifications.

This role requires the successful candidates to manage their time in a way which balances the need to meet the administrative and management requirements of the role. The post holder must work flexibly to meet the needs of the service, which will include evening and weekend work. On occasion the successful candidate may also have to sleep over and participate in the wider Sycamore on-call rota.

The selection consists of a three-stage process over a two-week period, with continuance to the next stage in the process enabled only by successful completion of each stage:

Stage 1: Task/activity involving interaction/engagement with young people

Stage 2: Screening panel interview to assess qualifications, knowledge and experience relevant to the role and opportunity for interaction with Sycamore Managers

Stage 3: panel interview/task focusing on values and how these inform your work

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive

receive a gradual and supported induction,

be part of a highly motivated and skilled team

receive continual personalised support

have access to a well-developed training programme, including Dyadic Development Practice Level 1 at the earliest opportunity for all residential managers

· competitive salary

· excellent annual leave entitlement

· access to our group pension scheme

· access to Cyclescheme and retail discount scheme.

Application notes

If you feel you are the right person to make a positive contribution to our children and young people, please go to our website where you can apply on-line. If you have any queries, please e-mail: Applications are welcome from minority groups.

Aberlour is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our service users and uses a thorough and rigorous recruitment and selection process including PVG Scheme checks to ensure this commitment is not compromised.

Applications to be returned by: noon on Monday 23rd November 2020.