Head of Care, Meldreth Manor Childrens Home

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Aurora Meldreth Manor SchoolMeldreth Manor Childrens Home

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Up to £45,000
Contract term: Permanent


The Aurora Group is an innovative provider of education and care for children, young people and adults with special educational needs and disabilities. Established in 2015, we set out to create outstanding services across the country and have invested significantly to achieve this.  Aurora offers an exciting career opportunity to enthusiastic and committed people wanting to play a part in our rapidly developing company.

The Head of Care will be responsible for the delivery of an exceptional residential service provision working collaboratively with the Senior Leadership Team.

They will effectively manage every aspect of the care provision and ensure an outstanding level of service for those in our care and their families.

Meldreth Manor provides care and therapeutic support for children and young people age 6-19 years with severe and complex communication difficulties typically associated with autism and cerebral palsy.  They may have sensory needs and health issues that require specialist support to enable them to access a bespoke curriculum. 

Our on site school, provides education to children that live with us, as well as day students.

We have one aim; to empower children and young people to develop and grow in their own unique and inspiring way.

The site is currently undergoing significant redevelopment which will provide contemporary living and learning environments for young people. Located in 16-acres of grounds in the village of Meldreth, our childrens home provides a wonderful working environment, supportive and friendly teams and training – all of which offers a fantastic and rewarding career opportunity for those wanting to make a real difference to others.

The Role:

You will safeguard and promote the welfare of children and ensure that the quality of care provided is consistent with the quality standards and children's homes regulations.

You will be the responsible person in managing child protection concerns and complaints in partnership with the Designated Safeguarding Lead, liaising with Local Authorities, School, Health and other professionals to achieve best outcomes for young people.

Key Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Meet the needs of the children
  • Develop confident and competent staff
  • Develop systems which ensure the effective allocation of resources
  • Promote the efficient and effective operation of the Home

Requirements of the role:


  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children and Young Peoples services (or equivalent)


  • Good knowledge of working with children with learning and physical disabilities and/or Autism
  • Knowledge of equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice
  • Knowledge of regulatory standards and legislation


  • Excellent organisational, interpersonal and multitasking skills;
  • Ability to work with children and young people
  • Ability to communicate clearly to others
  • Effective supervision and leadership skills
  • Ability to lead the assessment of and care planning for the young people
  • Ability to promote a positive approach to and management of challenging behaviour and to challenge poor practice
  • Ability to write clear and accurate reports and plans to required deadlines and standards
  • Ability to deliver effective training.
  • Ability to mentor and coach team member


  • Proven experience in a managerial within a residential setting working with young people
  • The ability to cope with and remain calm in challenging and demanding situations;
  • Experience of working with teaching and therapy teams
  • Experience of enabling young people to learn


Be part of our successful team and also benefit from a generous package that includes:

  • Training and Development
  • Life assurance
  • Pension plan
  • High street discounts
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Paid holiday


For more information or to request a job description please call Meldreth and Orchard Manor HR team on 01763 268000 or email MMOMRecruitment@the-aurora-group.com

Successful applicants will be subject to pre-employment safeguarding checks including an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check.

The Aurora Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and young adults in our care.

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More about Aurora Meldreth Manor School
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 9 - 19 years
Address: Fenny Lane, Meldreth, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 6LG, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1763 268000
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About our School

Meldreth Manor supports children and young people age 6-19 years who have highly complex learning difficulties and is one of the few schools in the country that also supports young people with complex health needs and associated diff...