Grow your own

Becoming a registered manager is challenging. Everyone struggles to juggle the leadership, managerial, staff support, emotional holding, care planning and huge range of practical tasks required of them. During this time, it’s crucial the home remains focused on young person’s needs, but the sheer organisation and personal qualities required are a significant endeavour with an enormous step-on from other roles within the home, all with the personal pressures of leadership and concerns about the impending regulatory inspection.

This course provides the care, support and challenge to enable people to step-up within their setting, building on the support around them as they acquire the necessary skills to develop on their leadership journey, easing the transition and gaining the confidence to succeed.

dialogue has worked with responsible individuals who have asked us to design a course to support the transition and cover in sector-focused depth the tools and skills people need for this crucial role. The programme is woven into the practical tasks of management with written reflective pieces to challenge and develop alongside taught and individual tutorial time to help aspiring managers progress.

dates, venues and booking
For information about when and where the next courses are running, please see below.

the course

This sixteen month programme is divided into four modules and designed so participants can join or leave at any point.  It is not intended to replicate the Level 5 qualification, but to focus on supporting the learner in understanding the day-to-day issues which can arise and the RM role in the operation of the home as well as its’ development.  The programme follows 4 modules with a roll on/roll off approach. Each module consists of 4 days of underpinning knowledge, peer review, reflection and support and can be completed as a single unit or part of the course. Organisations are asked to commit to module-by-module and to give two months’ notice if their participant will be dropping off the next module.

The course has been designed with Responsible Individuals so module is themed around issues identified by organisations and derived from the Leadership and Management Quality Standard alongside associated standards and regulations. A core theme is the voice of children and young people.

This programme is intended to support organisations and individuals to develop leadership and management skills towards becoming a Registered Manager. It is being developed in response to a wish to ‘grow your own’ from the SW Responsible Individual Network.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

the trainers

Ruby Parry is a registered social worker who began her career in residential care and brings 40 years’ experience in social work including 20 years in management up to Director of Communities (Children and Adult Services) level. Ruby led the design and delivery of safeguarding training for Ofsted from 2012 to 2014 and seeks to deliver leadership training that supports people to be the best they can be. To do this she has become Belbin Team Roles Accredited, and 3 Vital Questions certified, which further build on her social work principles and inform her coaching work with senior leaders and managers.

Christine Freestone has been a nurse and nurse lecturer, head teacher, director of an independent fostering agency and an Ofsted inspector for schools and colleges and lead inspector for CSCI. Christine enables managers to explore their experience, compare these to the requirements of the regulatory and inspection framework and help reach decisions that further improve their service. She is the course tutor for this and our Well Led programme for Registered Managers and Responsible Individuals.

Lucy Reynolds has a wide range of experience across both Children’s and Adults Residential services, including residential schools, colleges, supported living and Children’s Homes. Lucy has followed this pathway herself from support worker to Registered Manager and most recently held a Performance Coach role supporting around 30 managers using Coaching Psychology to help them, their teams, and the individuals they support to flourish.

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