Children's Home Deputy Manager

  • Contract
  • Contract type: Full time - permanent
  • Department: Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust
  • Service type: Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust

Company Description

Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust is a charity which creates life-changing, education-focused children’s homes, to ensure that children in care have the same opportunities as everyone else. We believe that children growing up in residential care should go on to achieve great things, and lead fulfilling lives. We believe that social pedagogy, a focus on education, people, and place, is the best approach to supporting young people.

In February 2022, we opened our first children's home in Sutton, which can support up to six 12-18 year olds. It is an award-winning building, and sets a new standard for children's homes in the UK. You can read more about the home here, and see a virtual tour of the building here. We are in the process of acquiring a property for our second children's home, and as we continue to grow, we are excited to welcome new team members who are passionate about our mission.

You can read more about how we're having a positive impact in our Annual Report 2021-2022.

Job Description

This is a new post for a second Deputy Manager as we are expanding our team.

The role of Deputy Manager is an excellent opportunity to work alongside the Registered Manager on all aspects of service development within our children’s home; continually improving the home, role modelling good practice, and embedding a relationship-based model of care.

You will play a key role in leading the team to achieve high standards and ensure that children who live in Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust homes receive the best care possible. Through empowering staff and providing clear leadership, you will continue to develop the culture of high-quality, relationship-centered care in the home. 

You will be responsible for safeguarding young people and putting their safety and wellbeing first, supporting them on their journey through their teenage years, and helping them to thrive and participate in plans for their futures.

Please click here to view the full Job Description. 


We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate the following skills and experience: 

  • Recent experience in managing and supervising staff in a children’s home.
  • Experience of working with teenagers with emotional, social and behavioural difficulties
  • Able to form positive, trusting relationships with young people and their families and role model relationship-centred practice.
  • Able to lead the staff team to ensure they deliver a consistently high quality of care.
  • Able to assess and balance risks and issues facing young people in care and their families, with opportunities for learning and growth.
  • Able to deputise for the Registered Manager as necessary, including representing the home to external agencies and maintaining positive professional relationships.

Additional Information

Salary: £35,000 - £40,000
Hours of work: Full time, 40 hours per week
Contract: Permanent

Application Process

Please upload your CV and submit a cover letter that outlines: 

  • Why you are interested in working for Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust.
  • How you meet the requirements in the person specification.

You can upload your cover letter by clicking the 'Add attachment' button on the second application page. Please note we will not be able to consider any applications that only provide a CV.

Want to speak to us to find out more? We are keen to have an informal chat with anyone interested in applying or wanting to learn more about the role. You can book a 15-minute call with the team by clicking this link, to set a time that works for you, or email [email protected].

*Interviews will be held on a rolling basis and we may appoint before the closing date for applications, so candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

Safer Recruitment 

At Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust, we safeguard all children and young people in our care. As part of our recruitment process, we conduct rigorous checks and vetting of all applicants, in line with legal and regulatory requirements and best practices. 

Everyone who works in our homes will be responsible for safeguarding young people and putting their safety and wellbeing first.

This role is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (police records) check, including overseas police checks where necessary. Please note that this post is exempt from the limitations of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, and as such, all previous cautions and convictions will need to be disclosed as part of any application.

For further information about the process, please go to: 

See the benefits of working for Catch22 here.

Unless otherwise stated, interviews will be arranged as suitable candidates are identified, so early application is strongly advised.

At Catch22 we value equality, diversity and inclusion. We are wholeheartedly committed to the principle of equality of opportunity, both as an employer and as a provider of services. Diversity and Inclusion is part of what we do every day, working to deliver our vision to build a strong society where everyone has good people around them, a purpose, and a good place to live.

Catch22 is committed to rigorous safeguarding and safer recruitment practices; ensuring that every individual within the organisation has been safely and appropriately checked.

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