The Ridgemont family are recruiting!

Ridgemont is based in Harwich. The staff offer nurturing support and educate children with both physical and learning disabilities through therapeutic means and help them to live their best lives! The staff are trained to deliver this support through regular and extensive training. All staff strive to deliver the best care to our young people giving them a fulfilled experience whilst with us.

The children love visiting the local stables and feeding and looking after their horses!

All the staff at Ridgemont are caring and fun-loving individuals who always have the young persons best interests at heart! Staff love working at Ridgemont as they are a very supportive team and look after each other.

The manager recently said that “Ridgemont is a warm, welcoming home with a lot to offer a young person and their staff”!


Main tasks: 


  • Assist and support the home manager in all aspects of the residential care of  the Ofsted registered home, to provide a high-quality service which meets the individual needs of the children and young people and to help create and maintain a non-institutionalised, child centred safe community home for extremely vulnerable children with Social, Emotional and Behaviour difficulties.  
  • To provide support so that the young people are enabled to grow in all areas of their lives, to work towards emotional stability and to develop to their full potential. 
  • Support and supervise the staff team enabling them to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities 
  • Ensure that all aspects of the service provided meets the quality standards and complies with the Children’s Homes Regulations 
  • Guide children/young people throughout their placement and in transitions to and from the residential care environment holistically and in line with the quality standards  
  • Ensure the home is maintaining compliance to the standards and philosophy of care as outlined in the statement of purpose 




  • Assist and deputise for the home manager in all aspects of residential care at the home 
  • Take on on-call duties outside of working hours in support of the home dealing with situations in line with children’s homes regulations and company procedures 
  • Support staff on a day-to-day basis promoting good practice and responding to concerns or first line complaints. 
  • Take part in the assessment process of potential new admissions to the home. 
  • Oversee record keeping and take part in the regular auditing of the children and young people’s records, responding to any issues requiring further action, including those identified at reviews. 
  • Manage and provide supervision for designated support workers and night waking support workers 
  • Deal directly with staff discipline and grievances 
  • Develop and support staff with personal development plans encouraging staff to increase skills, knowledge and experience  
  • Communicate consistently between parents and the home, making sure they are informed of all relevant information relating to their child 
  • Ensure consistent communication between interested agencies/funding authorities and the home, making sure that associated professionals are informed of all relevant information 
  • Be involved in the recruitment, interviewing and induction of staff alongside the manager 
  • Ensure that Health and Safety regulations are met and that fire regulations, risk assessments and individual plans including behaviour management are always adhered to 
  • Make sure the environment and building are clean, tidy, hygienic and presentable, ensuring any faults or remedial maintenance issues are dealt with effectively 
  • Attend and participate in regular staff meetings, and chair meetings in the absence of the home manager 
  • Take part in regular supervisions with the home manager 
  • Monitor and revise young people’s care and placement plans ensuring the identified needs of the young people are being met  
  • Attend and contribute to children and young people’s reviews when required 
  • Organise and take part in activities with the young people ensuring their preferences are accommodated where appropriate 
  • Manage and record children’s meetings within the home 
  • Ensure that all matters requiring confidentiality are adhered to 
  • Be always certain of the safety of the child/young people 
  • Prepare a fair rota for staff deployed hours covering the contractual and care needs of each child/young person, ensuring the home has adequate staff cover. Working to the set staffing hours’ budget and ensuring all records of staff deployed hours are maintained accurately 
  • Take responsibility for ensuring all training classed as mandatory to be up to date and to undertake any training identified as necessary in order to carry out the role effectively 
  • Liaise and professionally deal with Ofsted and other regulatory bodies inspecting the home. 
  • Carry out all duties in accordance with Pathways Care Group policies, procedures and practice with particular regard to Health and Safety at Work, EEC directives, Health and Hygiene, Child Protection and Equal Opportunities. 
  • Fulfil duties reasonably considered by management as necessary for the safe and successful running of the home.  
  • To oversee all duties carried out by the Registered Manager, in the Registered Managers absence.  
  • To be familiar with the background, care plan and daily progress of all young people in the home and to help implement their individual care plans. 
  • To play an active role in the lives of all young people and to fulfil their emotional needs: to feel seen, heard, safe, respected, valued, supported, empathised with and cared for. 
  • To be aware of the need to maintain a protective environment for the young people who have suffered abuse from adults and to develop ways in which they are able to trust adults. 
  • To be able to acknowledge the abuse the young people have suffered and to be able to see the young person beyond their presenting behaviour. 
  • To promote young people’s rights, individuality and choice. 
  • To build positive and appropriate working relationships with the young people, ensuring adherence to boundaries and consistency of care practice. 
  • To support the Manager with overseeing that all paperwork is recorded factually, and accurately. 
  • To support the Registered Manager in ensuring all Incident reports are completed correctly, and complete audits of these reports. 
  • To ensure effective budgetary and petty cash systems are operated by all with designated authority, to support the effective financial management of the service. Ensure temporary cover is utilised effectively and resourced to meet operational demands and safe working ratios, without compromising standards 
  • To promote the vision and values of the company to provide services with a clear sense of purpose and agreed way of working.  
  • To establish clarity about how staff, need to be led and managed to support an environment where staff’s health and wellbeing is considered, staff feel motivated and engaged contributing to the achievement of the company’s and service’s objectives.  
  • Provide support, guidance and direction to the senior team to enable them to perform their roles effectively. Act as a mentor to support their development as a first line manager. 


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