£35,000 - £45,000 depending on experience (plus relocation allowance, company pension, CPD opportunities; see below for further benefits)

 I’ve won the career lottery. I have a meaningful job that I adore, I have more flexibility than I would get anywhere else…and I get to work in a great team. [Assessment Team Member, Staff Survey 2019]

Children and parents receive excellent support, supervision and assessment at this residential family centre [‘Outstanding’ OFSTED Inspection, 2019] 

 Orchard House is a national centre of excellence, taking in families from all over the UK, and are rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted [Ofsted Inspection, 2019]. Our reputation with the Family Courts is exceptional. Orchard House is committed to achieving positive outcomes for vulnerable children and their families. High quality practice and excellent management is at the centre of our work. 

We are looking for an inspiring, committed, and innovative Registered Manager with strong leadership skills to join our team. The Registered Manager must have integrity, flexibility, honesty, good communication skills, and be a reflective, open team player.

Job Summary

To assist the Responsible Individual / Director of Services and Operations Manager in the operation and management of the business and the leadership of the staff team to ensure effective multi-disciplinary service delivery to families during their stay at Orchard House Family Assessment Centre.

Key Responsibilities

  • Be responsible for liaising with Ofsted, ensuring compliance with relevant standards and legislation

  • Ensure that the service provides families with a high-quality professional service in a calm environment, focused on safety

  • Provide leadership, supervision, containment, and training and development for the Team Leaders and Family Support Workers

  • Form part of the wider Management Team, being influential in setting and achieving high standards, and ensuring effective communication with colleagues across the organisation

Essential Criteria

The Registered Manager must have significant relevant experience of working with children and families at a senior level and must be committed to facilitating a professional service and have the ability to motivate and lead staff. They must exercise effective leadership of the centre’s staff and operation, so that the centre is organised, managed, and staffed in a manner that delivers the best possible outcomes for parents and children.  

The Registered Manager at Orchard House must:

a)    Be an experienced HCPC-registered Social Worker


b)    Have a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services


  1. Have significant recent experience relevant to residential care, AND

  2. Have significant experience supervising and managing professional staff

We can give you

  • Opportunity to join an ‘Outstanding’ safeguarding team [Ofsted Inspection, 2019]

  • Management and supervisory responsibilities

  • Support to develop your own expertise

  • ICT - MacBook and smartphone

  • 24-days annual leave plus 8-days bank holiday per year

  • Annual off-site fully funded service Development Day

  • Comprehensive induction

  • Supervision

  • Support from senior management and the wider team to be a success in your role.

Somerset is one of the most beautiful counties in the UK. It has open countryside, two sets of hills and beaches. As well as being a great place to spend time, Taunton is close to the M5 and is in easy reach of Bristol. There are fast trains to London and Cornwall, Dartmoor, Exmoor and the Dorset coast are an easy drive for a weekend away. The schools are excellent and the houses affordable. 

How to apply

For more information contact us here or phone Jon, Paul, or Freda on 01823 351 785. Informal visits welcome. 

To apply please contact us here and we can send you an Application Pack. 

Please note we require a full application to be completed, even if you have sent us a CV and a covering letter.

Orchard House is committed to safeguarding children and promoting the welfare of children and their families. These posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Closing date: 2nd October 2019


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If you have any queries with regards to this, please write to the Human Resources Departments, Orchard House Family Assessment Centre, 60 Staplegrove Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1DJ.