Location: Doucecroft School, Eight Ash Green, Colchester

Salary: TBC depending on experience

Additional payment will be made for sleep in duties and enhanced rates of pay will apply for this role for weekend working.

Hours: Full time – 40 hours per week on a 52 week flexible working contract to include covering weekends on a Rota basis which will be agreed two weeks in advance. This position will require on call Rota duties.

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Autism Anglia’s Doucecroft School is a small independent special school which provides education and care for children and young people with autistic spectrum condition. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a well-established charity that provides staff with ongoing training and supervision, continuing professional development and support as well as an extensive induction on commencement of employment.

As one of a team of residential team leaders, your main duties will be:

  • Supporting the students alongside colleagues in the residential setting whilst promoting and developing their individual skills and interests.
  • To organise, manage and motivate a team by delivering high quality leadership whilst contributing towards the smooth running of the residential setting.
  • Responsible for writing reports, maintaining care plans and completing risk assessments.
  • To monitor staff development through supervision.
  • To communicate effectively with the team and work together to ensure continuous improvement of the practices of staff within the external and internal framework.
  • Prepare and conduct thorough handovers.
  • Following and implementing school policies and procedures and making sure accurate records and documentation is maintained.
  • Contributing within meetings with internal and external agencies and maintaining professional integrity, confidentiality and discretion in working relationships with parents/carers, external agencies and the general public.


  • Level 3 Diploma children and young people - essential
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in residential care - essential
  • Experience working with students across the ability range and autistic spectrum - essential
  • Ability to manage emotionally and physically challenging situations and behaviours - essential
  • Line management experience including supervision and development of staff – desirable

It is desirable that the post holder should have a full driving licence.

Autism Anglia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment.  This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check as well as requiring a signed declaration of ‘disqualification by association’ for anyone who lives or works in your household.

To apply for this job please use the links below to download the application form and associated documents.  Please complete and return to us at [email protected].  You will need to refer to the Application Guidance Notes, Job Description and Person Specification document while completing the Application Form. Please note that the Application Form includes the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and the Disclosure of Criminal Convictions Form. If you would prefer to receive an application pack by post, please contact Doucecroft School Office on 01206 771234.

Informal visits to the school are encouraged.  Please contact Mandy Spragge, Care Manager or Jackie Austin, Deputy Care Manager by telephone 01206 771234

Closing date for applications – Monday 21st May 2018

 If no response is received within 3 weeks of the closing date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful. You are welcome to apply again for other positions.

Job Description And Person Specification

Application Form

Guidance Notes