Step-down services for children and young adults

At Young Foundations, we specialise in residential step-down services, and specialist education, for children and young people with complex needs.

Registered Manager (Ofsted)

Meadholme, Darlington

Permanent - Full Time
£45,000 - £55,000 per annum

Residential Manger (Ofsted)

Meadholme, Dene Grove, Darlington, DL3 9LU

Salary: £45,000.00- £55,000.00 per annum

Hours of Week: 40

Contract Type: Permanent


  • DipSW, CQSW, NVQ 5 in Working with Young People/Management or a preparedness to work toward same.
  • Significant experience at senior level in a Children’s Home.Able to demonstrate reasoning, numeracy, and literacy skills to required standard.
  • Able to work within the principles of the Children’s Act 2004. Demonstrate a sound working knowledge of Child Protection Issues and Procedures. Have a sound knowledge of Children’s Homes procedures and relevant issues.
    • Good organisation and leadership skills and ability to motivate others.
      • Working knowledge of the National Care Standards 2018, Children’s Homes Regulations 2018, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.
      • Knowledge of relevant reports of enquiries: Howe, Utting.

As a Residential Manger you will:

  • To manage a Residential Home and ensure the efficient operation of the service in accordance with the relevant legislation, procedures, policies and the Statement of Purpose for the home.
  • To produce a development plan for the service that ensures the delivery of high quality, clinically informed practice.
  • To assist and supervise in the continual assessment of the needs of the children and young people and to identify and prepare specific development plans to ensure the most appropriate service provision.
  • To contribute to a comprehensive staff training and development programme to enable the service to have available all necessary skills and levels of expertise to meet the needs of the young people.
  • Undertake investigatory hearings or contribute to disciplinary process as per Young Foundations policy as requested by the Regional Manager.
  • To ensure at all times that professional ethics and behaviour are demonstrated by all staff at all times.They will actively co-ordinate the service provision and will be a focal point for support, advice and coaching to all staff within the Home.
  • Responsibility for safeguarding and promoting individual rights, providing good quality care which is free from oppression and where differences are respected and valued.

About Meadholme:

Meadholme provides extensive care and nurturing for children and young people with a wide range of difficulties; Emotional behavioural disorder, mental health and learning disabilities.

The home offers a warm, friendly and comfortable environment consisting of of 5 bedrooms, supporting young people from ages 8 to 18. All bedrooms are tailored to suit individual needs, and the communal areas designed to encourage and promote independent skills.

Benefits of Working for us:

  • A rewarding career you can be truly proud of
  • A supportive environment that is committed to helping you flourish and deliver excellent care to the people we support
  • Competitive pay
  • Career development and training
  • Progression Opportunities
  • Salary Sacrifice
  • Enhanced maternity package
  • Enhanced annual leave 
  • Fully funded Level 3/4 Health & Social Care qualification 
  • Funding towards a Therapeutic Childcare bachelor’s degree

If this sounds like the role for you, apply now!

Young Foundations is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff to share this commitment and to undergo appropriate checks in line with our safeguarding policy. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, satisfactory references, right to work checks and any other necessary checks.


Meadholme Exterior

About Meadholme

Meadholme is a small home set in the heart of Darlington which can offer five children twenty four hours support in a place of safety, stability and warmth.

The onus that Meadholme places on family is at the heart of the home with the ethos that each and every day offers a new opportunity to achieve, learn and thrive.

The children and young people who live at Meadholme often arrive with complex issues, resulting from difficult, unpredictable, childhood experiences.

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