Our children's residential division works tirelessly to ensure that every child is given access to the best care possible. We work alongside a number of children’s homes, respite centres and supported living facilities in the West Midlands and Staffordshire and can assist support workers, supervisors and registered managers, who have experience working with children, in finding a job.

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Our latest children's residential jobs

We have a number of children’s residential roles available in a number of settings from children’s homes to respite centres.
Take a look at our latest children’s residential jobs.

Roles in children's residential settings

Smile Education recruits for support workers for children's residential settings in the West Midlands

Residential Support Worker

Provide support to vulnerable young children and teenagers in residential children's homes, hostels, supported living provisions and youth centres. This may involve supporting individuals and their families with household tasks, personal care, medication and record keeping. And can involve working with children with a range of special needs. 

Smile Education recruits for senior support workers for children's residential settings in the West Midlands

Senior Support Worker

Similar to the role of a support worker but with the additional responsibility of supervising a team of staff and volunteers in children's care homes and other residential settings such as respite and day centres; motivating and inspiring them to offer the highest standards of support to all the young people that they work with.  

Smile Education recruits for deputy managers to work in children's residential settings in Birmingham and the Black Country.

Deputy Manager

As a Deputy Manager, your role is to assist the Registered Manager with all aspects of running the home or provision. You may be asked to support the induction and training process of new members of staff and will be responsible for ensuring the best practice is followed within the setting at all times. 


Smile Education recruits for experienced registered managers to work in children's residential settings in Birmingham and the Black Country.

Registered Manager

To be a Children’s Registered Manager, you must be registered with Ofsted. In this role you will be responsible for all aspects of managing the residential setting, as well as leading the care team to provide the highest standard of care for the young people you are supporting.

Children's residential settings we work with

We work with a number of social care settings such as residential homes and schools, respite centres and day centres. The children within these settings have varying needs which may include but are not limited to Social, Emotional and Mental Health, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties and visual or hearing impairments.

Our Day in the Life of Support Worker blog may also help to give you a better idea of what life might be like as children's residential support worker in a children’s home or respite centre. 

We work in a number of children's residential settings including children's care homes, respite centres and schools.

The requirements needed to work in a children's residential setting with Smile Education.

Registering with Smile

All children’s residential support workers, supervisors and managers must have the following experience or qualifications in order to register with Smile Education.

  • Minimum of 6 months experience working with children in a similar role 

  • Level or 4 in Children’s Residential Care or a Level 5 in Management and Leadership for Residential Childcare or equivalent  

  • Adult and children's barred list check - if you don't already have one, we can put one in process for you 

  • There are also a number of personal qualities we look out for when recruiting children's support workers and managers

Tick all those boxes? Then, we'd love to invite you to register with us. Our registration process is completely online and adheres to APSCo Compliance+ guidelines giving both you and the children you are supporting the utmost protection.

You can find more information becoming a support worker by reading our blog.

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