Job Vacancy: Brighter Futures For Children is currently seeking to recruit a Social Care Manager for North Donegal.
Brighter Futures for Children (BFC) Ltd aims to help children overcome developmental trauma resulting from adverse childhood experiences such as neglect and child abuse.
BFC specialises in the provision of therapeutic communities wherein children enjoy positive nurturing relationships with supportive adults. For this reason, all staff are expected to undertake therapeutic training and continuous personal therapy throughout the life time of their employment with BFC.
Additionally, BFC will commission and provide evidence-informed therapeutic intervention that have demonstrated effectiveness in assisting traumatized to heal.
Social Care Manager
- BSc in Applied Social Studies; Applied Social Science; Applied Social Studies in Social Care, Professional Development Social Work or Youth and Community Work or equivalent Level 7 qualification.
- Minimum of 5 years management experience in residential services for children/adolescents.
- Proven achievement in effectively managing a professional staff team.
- Demonstrated ability to lead and empower others towards success in the delivery of care services to a high standard.
- Knowledge of the Irish National Standards in Children’s Residential Centres
- A clean full driving licence valid in the Republic of Ireland and UK.
Brief Job Description:
- Ensuring proper governance with reference to relevant legislation and policy including financial management.
- Overall management of a therapeutic residential community for traumatized children to ensure positive outcomes.
- Management and leadership of a social care staff team with emphasis on professional development.
- Ensuring that social care/therapeutic interventions are delivered appropriately.
- Ensure social care staff adhere to and complete administrative responsibilities in accordance with protocol.
- Ensuring health & safety are maintained at all times.
Key expectations for post include:
- Sufficient professional competence for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.
- A willingness to learn through ongoing training.
- Ability to act appropriately on own initiative in accordance with legislation, policy and procedures.
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team, particularly in pressurised situations.
- Ability to use emotional intelligence in dealings with children, colleagues and key stakeholders.
- Ability to act in a professional manner at all times.
- Ability to apply evidence-informed practice appropriately.
- Ability to identify, rationalize and apply theoretical knowledge to enhance best practice and best outcomes.
- Ability to plan and deliver care in an effective and resourceful manner within a person-centred model of care.
- Ability to manage self and prioritise workload in a busy working environment.
- Ability to demonstrate a commitment to high standards of practice and strive to create a meaningful person-centred model of care.
- Ability to demonstrate initiative and innovation in identifying areas for service improvement
- Ability to display awareness and appreciation of the children as ‘experts through experience’.
- Ability to actively promote the involvement of the children in care planning, decision-making and service development
- Ability to empathise with and treat others with dignity and respect
- Ability to evaluate information and make effective decisions especially about the care of children
- Ability to display effective interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written).
- Ability to demonstrate effective team working skills
- Ability to demonstrate flexibility and openness to change
- Ability to demonstrate a consistent willingness to attend individual therapy and group-based therapy
- Ability to demonstrate a consistent commitment to the therapeutic community ethos
- Ability to demonstrate an ability to utilise supervision effectively
- Ability to demonstrate a willingness to develop IT skills relevant to the role
- Ability to demonstrate a commitment to continuing professional and personal development
Desirable Criteria for Post:
- Diploma/certificate in child counselling/psychotherapy.
- Diploma/certificate in therapeutic counselling.
- Diploma/certificate in trauma counselling/interventions.
- Diploma/certificate in play therapy.
To apply for this position, please send your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or via post to HR Team, The Innovation Centre, Bay Road, Derry-Londonderry, BT48 7TG before 19th January 2018.
Please ensure the information on your CV shows clearly how you meet the Essential Criteria because otherwise you will not be shortlisted.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to Brighter Futures For Children new premises in Co. Donegal for interview on Friday 26th January 2018.