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Social Care Manager




Galtee Clinic Ltd

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Job Description:

A Social Care Manager is required for a Galtee Clinic therapeutic residential childcare home based near Mitchelstown area in Co. Cork. The role will involve working with children and adolescents from 13-18 years approximately

This is an excellent opportunity to join an organisation which works intensively with children, young people and their families through the Social Pedagogy model of care in a residential setting. We provide intensive therapeutic support to children with emotional, behavioural and attachment difficulties

The Centre Manager will work in close conjunction with and report to the Service Manager

Main duties and responsibilities

Have clear knowledge and understanding of the National Standards for Children’s Residential Centres (2001), Childcare Regulations 1996, HIQA Standards 2018, the organisational policies and procedures, as well as all relevant legislation and national policies, having an awareness of how these translate into practice

Ensure that the staff team have clear knowledge and understanding of such standards, policies, procedures and legislation and an ability to implement and uphold these in order to promote best practice

Provide formal individual supervision to the staff team and group supervision when required

Develop a clear understanding of the organisation’s ethos and expectations concerning best practice and communicate this effectively to the staff team

Place quality service and the needs of the young people at the heart of all thinking and decision making, within the framework of Social Pedagogy and Attachment Theory

Establish positive relationships with the young people and provide staff with guidance and encouragement on how to further their relationships with young people

Provide a safe, caring and encouraging environment for young people and ensure the staff team reflects this

Contribute to a comprehensive and realistic placement plan based on the assessed needs in conjunction with the Service Manager, young person, the staff team, Social Worker and other relevant parties, and ensure the staff team are aware of how to practically implement the plan which is regularly reviewed

Advocate for the young person when necessary, liaising closely with the social workers and other relevant professionals

Ensure that complaints, child protections concerns, significant incidents and all other significant information is recorded effectively and managed promptly and professionally.

Ensure that all staff engage in professional and appropriate recording practices as outlined in the Galtee Clinic policies and procedures

Liaise daily with the social pedagogues and activity therapists and work with them in a collaborative manner regarding problem solving and decision making

Participate in regular supervision with the service manager

Attend and participate in team meetings, community meetings, house meetings (and chair when necessary) and attend Statutory Reviews

Develop a positive close working relationship with social workers, GALs and other external bodies

Be accountable for the staff team rota and ensure that adequate cover is provided daily

Regularly inspect the house in line with fire safety policy and health and safety policies

Demonstrate efficient budgeting skills and be accountable for expenditure

Hours of Work

The average working hours will be 40 hours per week from 9am to 5pm approximately. The post requires flexibility in these hours.

The post also requires on-call be provided at weekends and this is evenly distributed throughout the management team


Negotiable based on experience


Entitlement of 22 days per year (excluding bank holidays) and up to a maximum of 25 days per year


Training will be provided by the Galtee Clinic in mandatory areas including MAPA, First Aid, Children’s First and Fire Safety. Other additional relevant training may also be provided

Essential criteria:

A level 8 Degree in Social Care and 5 years’ experience of working with children


A level 7 Degree in Social Care and a relevant management qualification suitable for a social care setting and 5 years’ experience of working with children


Hold a qualification in a related or relevant field and a relevant management qualification suitable for a social care setting and have previously been the manager of a registered centre within the past 3 years


A full clean driving licence and access to a car, with willingness to have business insurance

Knowledge of all relevant child care legislation and policy specific to Ireland

Knowledge of effective theoretical approaches for working with young people/children

Desirable criteria:

A management qualification

Training/qualification in leadership and team building

Training in Professional Supervision, First Aid, MAPA and Children’s First/Child Protection

Experience in managing a staff team and supervising staff

Knowledge of Social Pedagogy, Attachment Theory and Activity Therapy

Working as part of a therapeutic community

Personal competencies:

Motivated, committed and reliable


Supportive and empathetic

Approachable, open and honest

Aptitude for both team work and leadership

Excellent communicator and articulate

Creativity and enthusiasm


Permanent / Full-time

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