Last Updated 2007/08
A children’s home manager or deputy is responsible for the daily management of
residential establishments for children looked after by local authorities.
Areas of responsibility
A children’s home manager is responsible for the welfare of children, for ensuring that the
home complies with national minimum standards, and for the co-ordination of the home’s
work with that of community based social care, education and health services supporting the
children and their families. The manager manages a staff team, usually of residential care
workers and domestic staff, but in larger homes and those with a specialist function the team
may also include teachers, nurses, therapists, administrative and maintenance staff.
Managers oversee the administrative, financial and human resources aspects of the home. In
the private sector, some may be expected to run the home as a competitive business.
Managers will also be responsible for maintaining good relationships with the local
The deputy and other assistant managers are responsible for assisting the manager, and take
charge of the home in the manager’s absence
There are several types of children’s homes and all are required to be registered in
accordance with the Care Standards Act 2000. Since 1st April 2007, Ofsted is responsible for
the registration and inspection of children’s homes under the auspices of the Education and
Inspections Act 2006. The purpose of inspection is to ensure that the social care service
continues to meet the National Minimum Standards and the needs of children and young
people who use the service.
How often Ofsted visit individual settings will depend on what the law says and the
judgements made at past inspections about the quality of care provided; the law currently
says that children’s homes must be inspected a minimum of twice a year
Definitions of Children’s Homes
There are a number of different types of children’s homes including: