Team Leader Residential (12038)

Role: Team Leader   

Salary:   Up to £31,000 per annum 

Location:  Peterborough 

Contract/Hours:  Permanent/Full Time - 37 hours per week 


  • A generous annual leave entitlement of 29 days PLUS bank holidays  
  • Up to 5 more days leave for continuous service plus the option to buy and sell leave.  
  • Gain professional qualifications with excellent training, and development opportunities.  
  • Flexible maternity, adoption, and paternity packages.  
  • A pension with a up to a 7% employer contribution rate. Plus, if you pay in to the pension you will receive life assurance cover. 
  • Staff discount portal with your favourite brands.  
  • Blue Light Card eligibility with 15,000 discounts from national retailers. 


Vulnerable children in the UK need your help 

Wherever you work in the Action for Children family, you'll be helping to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK. 

Last year, we helped more than 670,000 children and families across the UK. From direct work in communities to national campaigning, we are focused on making sure every child has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive. 


Why Action for Children? 

Working here is more than a job. Everyone in the Action for Children family is passionate about protecting and supporting children. It's the sense of purpose that drives us every single day. Because we know that, when we work together, we can make a huge difference to bring lasting improvements to vulnerable children's lives. 


A bit about the role 

As a Team Leader, your role involves coordinating case management for our young person. You'll take the lead in delivering our therapeutic approach driven by love and commitment. You will lead the team in demonstrating a high standard of person-centered practice, you'll serve as a strong role model for the staff team.

Our Team Leader will support management to create and maintain a safe and supportive environment for our young person to grow and develop. You will ensure their wellbeing is prioritised by delivering person centred care, guidance and advocacy.


In return we will offer you amazing opportunities to progress within our organisation.​ 

We offer an in-depth induction process and training. Alongside this, we will enrol  you in the qualifications required to  further your career in this industry.​ 

Regular supervision with your line manager, team meetings etc. will ensure you feel part of our team. ​ 



About the service 

As a Team Leader in our Peterborough service, you'll be supporting the transition our of young person into their own forever home!

They've been living in their current setting in Hampshire for some time and therefore our mission is to bring them home, where they'll be close to family and receive the stability, consistency, and appropriate care they need.

Our approach is therapeutic, driven by love and a commitment to helping the young person thrive. We aim to integrate them into the community as much as possible by supporting and encouraging independence as they transition into adulthood. Working closely with partner agencies including; health, education, and social care partners, as well as the young person's family, we'll provide high-quality support using a trauma-informed approach. These relationships will enable our young person to do all of the things they enjoy.

To help you get to know a little more about our young person, they would like to introduce themselves; 


About me  

 I am 16 years old, of Nigerian heritage and I want to move to my forever home.  

I have moderate Learning Disability, Processing Disorder, ASD, and ADHD.  I require daily support, helping me to have a healthy diet, lifestyle and broadening my communication skills.  My personal and care needs are bathing, feeding me, communicating & developing my skills.  

I love being active a lot of the time, running, jumping, dancing, climbing and I really enjoy water play, massage and exploring my environment.  

I need help in developing my opportunities in the community and to enjoy activities and things that make me happy.  I turn 17 in 2024 so will need so will need support in developing skills to assist me in adulthood. 

If you like these things too, you may want to look at working with me? This person needs to know how to support me and my care needs, making sure that I see my family, do activities, laugh, play & have fun. 


 How you'll help to create brighter futures


  • Having a good understanding of the challenges faces by vulnerable, care experienced young people.
  • Having a good understanding of the challenges of working within the management team in a residential childcare setting.
  • Having the confidence and ability to engage with other professionals and contribute meaningfully to multi-agency meetings.
  • Preparing care plans and risk management reports.
  • Having good leadership skills and the ability to provide support and guidance to the staff team.
  • Being a creative thinker and having a solution focused approach.


Let's talk about you 

Are you resilient and have a positive approach to change and challenge? We're looking for someone with a ‘can do' attitude to join our team. Ideally, you'll have: 

  • An NVQ Level 3 in social care is desirable but we are very open to relevant experience, rather than a qualification.
  • The ability to motivate and lead a team, supporting and making decisions under pressure.
  • Knowledge of Proact-SCIPr-UK – Full training can be provided
  • Working with children, young people, their families and carers to promote and to ensure the safeguarding and the welfare of the child / young person.
  • The ability to evidence a high standard of written and verbal communication including care plans
  • Experience of leading a team/supervising staff in a similar role
  • A robust knowledge of Theraputic based models of practice and service delivery.


Good to know 

Application Process 

Please note we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this role. 

There are five sections to complete: Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information, Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration. 

Talent Pool 

We know talent when we see it. But sometimes we find the right person but not for the right job. We'd love to keep your details for when the right job comes up. Let us know if you'd rather we didn't. 

Contact: Shannon Neander at shannon.neander@actionforchildren.org.uk  


Diversity, equality and inclusion 

At Action for Children, we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic and disabled candidates as they are under-represented within Action for Children. We want to take deliberate and purposeful action to ensure equal opportunity to all groups in society and for Action for Children.

Male staff are under-represented within our Children Service roles. We would like to encourage more male applicants for our Children Service roles. 


Don't meet every single requirement? 

If you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with the job description, we'd love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within the Action for Children family. 


Want to know more about Action for Children? 

Find us on X, LinkedIn, Facebook or YouTube to get to know us better. 


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  • Salary:
    £31,100 per annum
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  • Contract Type:
    Permanent Full Time
  • Closing Date:
    28 May 2024
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