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Nottinghamshire County Council

In the spotlight

Can you win the trust of the most disaffected young people in society?

A feature sponsored by Nottinghamshire County Council

At a glance
Clayfields House is a local authority secure children’s home, run by Nottinghamshire County Council. This modern facility is a national resource with a reputation for highly effective interventions, innovative programmes, outstanding educational provision, and a comprehensive health service that can accommodate up to 18 youngsters aged 10 to 18 years old.

Let us introduce you to Clayfields House.

It’s one of just 15 local authority secure children’s homes in England, housing both young offenders and teenagers placed with us on welfare grounds due to high levels of risk to themselves or others.

Ofsted has rated us outstanding for two years’ running and our specialist education provision exceeds national standards and expectations in terms of outcomes.

As a social worker said of one of our young men: “[He] has made massive progress during his time there. His education, social skills, self-care skills and confidence have all grown immensely…and he has developed a range of new skills which the home has introduced.”

We are currently looking for practitioners who – like us – believe that change is always possible and that even the most distressed, disenfranchised and difficult-to-engage young person can go on to a successful adulthood.

Well-resourced and expanding


As our registered manager or as one of the four assistant unit leaders we are recruiting, you will be joining an expanding, well-resourced secure children’s home with a warm, homely atmosphere.

A secure home where we listen to what young people have to say and, when needed, we advocate strongly on their behalf.

The roles in brief

Registered Manager

You will lead Clayfields’ dedicated team and be responsible for ensuring the home continues to succeed in its mission to change young people’s lives for the better. Find out more.

Assistant Unit Leader

As one of four assistant unit leaders you will develop our services for young people and their families in the unit you oversee. You will also monitor the quality and equality of services and act as the case manager for two of our young people with support from their key workers. Find out more.

At Clayfields, you will work alongside a committed multi-disciplinary staff group – incorporating education, care, intervention, and our own on-site CAMHS team – to bring young people back from the brink by working with them in a systematic and non-judgemental way.

In return we offer you first-rate training and supervision plus a range of excellent benefits, including:

  • Generous annual leave
  • A comprehensive employee health plan
  • An occupational pension scheme
  • An employee counselling service
  • Childcare vouchers
  • A career break scheme
  • On-call and shift allowances

Transform young people’s lives


Clayfields is run by Nottinghamshire County Council and conveniently located in the town of Stapleford, close to the M1 between Nottingham and Derby.

So if you are a social worker or social care practitioner and you believe you have what it takes to help transform the lives of the most disaffected young people in our society, this is your chance.

Find out more about working at Clayfields House and apply for either our registered manager or an assistant unit leader role.