Job Vacancy

Children’s Residential – Residential Care Area Manager

We are looking for an Area Manager to support our continued growth and oversee the opening of Homes and the recruitment of new teams, as well as supporting the existing team and children in our care.

The Role

As Area Manager, you will have responsibility for your own geographical region where you will manage and support Registered Managers. You will hold the registration of new homes when required, to enable new homes to open within strategic targets. You will be the Responsible Individual for the homes within your geographical region. You will ensure homes maintain regulatory compliance and deliver services that meet and exceed Quality Standards and follow all guidelines within the Children’s Homes Regulations (2015).

You will implement a programme of quality assurance, ensuring homes meet health and safety requirements; are legally compliant and that services are delivered to best practice guidelines and the physical environment is upheld. You will provide management, support and direction to the staff working in the settled care homes so that children and young people are safeguarded, staff are trained and supported, and homes are appropriately always staffed.

Working closely with our Service Directors, you will assist with the pursuit of new frameworks and submission of tenders of settled care and related services and submit bids where ITT opportunities present.

As part of our future development, we would also look for you to support the Operations Manager in the development and opening of new homes and services, including therapeutic care models and therapeutic fostering services.

We are enormously proud of the homes we operate and have a programme of continual development and improvement to keep the homes modern, welcoming and specific to the children in our care. Take a virtual tour of one of our other beautiful new homes below

Your Background

We are looking for a passionate, dedicated and driven individual who has worked in children’s residential care, specifically working with young people with challenging behaviour. You will have worked in a management role before and gained experience of recruitment, training, managing performance, discipliners etc.

We are looking for you to hold a minimum Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young peoples Services (or equivalent if qualified before January 2011). A relevant Social Work qualification such as CQSW, Dip S/W, CSS etc would be highly desirable too.

You will be driven by your desire to do more and do better for the children in our care and be someone who takes pride in keeping up-to-date with your knowledge of relevant Child Care Legislation, Government Guidance and Best Practice. You will be confident to work with OFSTED, and other regulatory bodies, frameworks and assessment standards and undertaking Section 33 and Section 34 Visits

You will have excellent verbal communication skills and able to communicate with staff, young people, families, the local community and external organisations alike. You will also be incredibly hands on in your approach and not only visit the homes regularly but if required, manage the home including allocation of duties and responsibilities, staff deployment, day-to-day supervision of the staff. In extreme cases, we may need you to provide on call cover and undertake sleep-in duties.

You will be based across the region taking a hybrid approach to work; being based between our Nottingham City Centre offices, our individual homes and working from home too. Your diary is yours to manage!


We are looking for someone who has the desire to take accountability and responsibility for your Area and make the recommendations and suggestions for developments and improvements for our ongoing service; we work collaboratively as a Service and share best practice, idea and support one another in all circumstances.

You must have the ability to hold the OFSTED registration as Childrens’ Home Manager plus the willingness to undergo a satisfactory enhanced DBS check and to register with the DBS Update Service OR hold an existing registration for the DBS Update Service.

As part of the team, you will be willing to work a rota system and provide on call cover and undertake sleep-in duties

You will support the Christian core values of the Association with the ability to understand the needs of people from diverse cultural, social and racial backgrounds.

Our fantastic benefits package includes generous annual leave, continuous professional development, YMCA Gym membership, access to healthcare cash-back, free private counselling sessions, a sociable and friendly workplace environment, green travel loans and flexible and family friendly working conditions.

How to apply
To apply, send your CV to with the subject line “Children’s Residential Area Manager”.


Job Details

Children’s Residential – Residential Care Area Manager

Department: Children’s Residential Homes Service
Responsible to: Operations Manager – Children’s Residential Homes Service
Location: Homes in Nottinghamshire with regular travel to other YMCA sites
Hours: 37.5 hours per week average to include evenings, nights, weekends, bank holidays, call outs etc. These are senior posts so additional hours are likely to be required to fulfil the requirements of the post
Salary: Circa £50K


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