Job Description

This role will cover our sites in Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Regular travel across the region will be required

We’re looking for more amazing people who want to change young lives for the better. As we continue to grow, both in terms of the number of settings and the regions we operate in, we strive to maintain our outstanding quality, and to do that we need incredible people to drive for the highest standards. Over the years, we’ve acquired an outstanding reputation for excellent care and education. We’re determined to build on this – which is where you come in.

The role

Our highly regarded, knowledgeable and skilled Lead Practitioners offer strategic support to schools and children’s homes in all aspects of inclusion, enabling them to develop creative and sustainable ways of working that support placement stability and longevity, improving outcomes for children and young people. As Lead Practitioner within our Safeguarding, Behaviour & Inclusion (SB&I) Team you’ll work directly with staff, young people and their families, taking on individual cases to secure good long-term outcomes by focusing on improving placement stability and longevity.

You will explore early flags and strategies to de-escalate situations through robust assessment and Behaviour Support Planning (BSP) and adopting inclusion principles. With your help, we’ll improve the success rate of placements, giving more children a promising future. Our Lead Practitioners make a vital difference to children’s lives and their futures by ensuring that our schools and homes follow best practice, as well as our own strict guidelines and relevant legislation through Quality Assurance visits.

Training and developing our people (including Senior Leadership Teams) is key to ensuring that every child has the very best protection and care. You’ll also give them up-to-date and comprehensive knowledge on Positive Behaviour Support and Inclusion strategies – exactly what we need to support our children’s wellbeing and improve their quality of life.

Your profile

Well versed in SEN education, Inclusion and Positive Behaviour Support (PBS), you’re a professional who has extensive experience of working with challenging behaviour, ideally within an education or residential childcare setting. With experience managing diverse teams, you’ll be a natural at leading and managing others. Strong communication skills mean you can easily connect and inspire, you’ll have the ability to identify and deliver training to our staff and deal with a young people in a challenging situation.

This role will see you visiting sites across the UK. You must therefore be flexible and ready to travel UK-wide. When you’re not on the move, you’ll have the opportunity to work from home as well as our South Cumbria Head Office.


We know you’re going to do great things. We offer a salary and benefits package that’s among the best in our sector. You will receive a competitive salary (£45,000 – £50,000 base salary), a car allowance of £25,000, 35 days’ holiday (including bank holidays), contributory pension (matched up to 5%), Life insurance based on two times your annual base salary and a comprehensive induction, as well as extensive Group staff benefits, such as a Medicash Health Plan/Employee Assistance and Cycle to Work Scheme. Witherslack covers DBS Enhanced check costs to all new employees.

For an informal discussion about the role please call Elaine Capstick – Inclusion Manager (SB&I) on 07469 155048 or 015395 66081.

For the full job description and person specification, please visit:

Lead Practitioner – Safeguarding, Behaviour and Inclusion – Witherslack Group (

The Witherslack Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its young people. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. We are an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community.