‘No Wrong Door’ is a nationally recognised innovative programme working with complex adolescents who are within or on the edge of the care system. It is an ambitious programme that aims to improve the life chances of young people with complex needs

 ‘No Wrong Door’ integrates residential care, foster care, speech and language support, mental health services and the police into a single hub that is based in a residential home.

North Yorkshire Borough Council devised the ‘No Wrong Door’ model and Warrington Borough Council are now working with them to launch the model in Warrington, as part of the Department of Education’s flagship £84 million Strengthening Families Protecting Children programme.

The implementation of a ‘No Wrong Door’ Model in Warrington will bring systemic change to working with the hardest to reach, engage and place adolescents and fundamentally challenge traditional methods of practice and theoretical thinking.

For further information regarding the programme please visit: https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/no-wrong-door-strengthening-families-protecting-children-programme-warrington

The role

As the Deputy Manager (Alternative Provisions) in No Wrong Door, you will be part of the management team that supports a wide range of accommodation (including residential), support and services that makes up a No Wrong Door model.

The key purpose of the role is to be responsible for placements outside of the home Hub with the additional accountability of being the dedicated safeguarding lead across the No Wrong Door model.

The role of Deputy Manager is dynamic and diverse, requiring a confident, autonomous individual to drive forward practice and influence stakeholders, partners and colleagues. As No Wrong Door Deputy Manager you will coordinate and chair RAISE meetings with key agencies when concerns relating to safeguarding and risk are present. You will actively work in collaboration to decide and act in the best interest of the young person to increase safety using agreed approaches.

Skills and experience needed

We are looking for an innovative qualified social work professional with experience and resilience in working with young people with complex and challenging behaviours.

You will be driven, astute, inspirational and a great communicator who strongly believes in a relationship based approach when working with children and young people. Whilst ensuring multi-agency networks are developed and maintained and No Wrong Door is kept at the forefront of strategic developments and partner’s priorities, at all levels.

You will provide on-the-ground support and drive change in finding solutions, building sustainable and meaningful relationships and manage the reduction of risk, whilst focusing on local placements with the clear objective of improving work with families and safely reducing the number of children entering care.

Contract and location

The role is based at the No Wrong Door Hub in Warrington, a town sitting in the middle of Manchester and Liverpool.

You will be initially employed by North Yorkshire County Council and will be seconded to Warrington Borough Council. This will allow you to work closely with both councils to adopt and adapt the model. After two years the post will transfer to Warrington Borough Council.

There will be some requirement to travel to North Yorkshire for training and support reasons. However the job will be primarily based in Warrington.