Recruiting Now

Updated: 29.04.16

If you interested in working with us, please complete and return the application form, which you can find by clicking on the link below:

Application form

Recruitment Booklet

Education and Care Placement Vacancies

LocationAge (on admission)Vacancies (current)
Lioncare School7-15 years3
Residential Care
Seafields 6-12 years1
Springfields6-12 years1
Westfields 12-16 years1
Hillfields12-16 years0
Portland Road+17.5 years0
West House+17.5 years0

If you need to contact us regarding referrals we now have a dedicated e-mail address for this:

Welcome to the Lioncare Group

The Lioncare Group has one aim: To improve the lives and prospects of the children and young people in our care.

We work therapeutically with children and young people who have complex needs, have experienced abusive, neglectful, and / or chaotic and traumatic situations, and who need specialised professional support in learning how to cope with the pressures and demands of day-to-day living before they can be expected to survive and thrive in a family-based placement.

Our primary task is to enable them to be more integrated individuals, thrive in a family setting or succeed in living independently, and become valued and valuable members of their community in later life.
We have 4 Therapeutic Children’s Homes, a Therapeutic Special (SEBD) Independent School, and Semi-Independent Supported Accommodation Training Houses and Flats. Children and young people placed with us generally present as being emotionally unintegrated or fragilely integrated, displaying levels of disturbed and disturbing behaviour, and difficulty in containing and controlling their own conflicted feelings.
We aim to help them begin repairing the damage of previously abusive and traumatic experiences. We assist them in finding ways to incorporate a positive experience of ‘good enough care’ and parenting in their present worlds. Our therapeutic practice approach assists children and young people achieve equilibrium, enjoy their childhood, and manage the change needed to move forward in their lives.
By providing carefully thought through intensive individualised programmes of therapeutic care, informed by ongoing assessment of need, within the residential group milieu, we begin to form vital and appropriate relationships and attachments, attempt to survive the unbearable and overwhelming feelings and anxieties projected by the children and young people in to the adults around them, begin the process of repair and restitution, assess and meet the child or young person’s complex needs, and provide our children and young people with the means of finding the missing pieces in the jigsaw puzzle of their lives.


The Lioncare SchoolGood Overall Effectiveness2nd-4th June 2015Full Inspection
Springfields Therapeutic Children's HomeOutstanding19th November 2014Full Inspection
Improved Effectiveness26th February 2015Interim Inspection
Good10th September 2015Full Inspection
Awaiting Final Report31st March 2016Interim Inspection
Seafields Therapeutic Children's HomeGood1st October 2014Full Inspection
Sustained Effectiveness10th March 2015Interim Inspection
Good10th June 2015Full Inspection
Sustained Effectiveness26th January 2016Interim Inspection
Westfields Therapeutic Children's HomeGood12th November 2014Full Inspection
Improved Effectiveness17th February 2015Interim Inspection
Good24th July 2015Full Inspection
Declined Effectiveness8th February 2016Interim Inspection
Hillfields Therapeutic Children's HomeGood4th June 2015Full Inspection (1st)
Sustained Effectiveness15th December 2015Interim Inspection

Our OfSTED record across all our homes and our school is official recognition of our commitment to providing the highest possible standards of therapeutic care and nurture to our children and young people, continual support and development of our workforce, investment and improvement to the facilitating environment, and excellent understanding of the Management Task.
Above all, it shows that The Lioncare Group really does provide a therapeutic living-learning environment that works for the children, young people and adults, around which it has evolved.
Credit for this success must be clearly given to dedication, commitment, and personal investment given by all the adults working in our homes and school, and we thank you all.
We welcome and encourage visits by anyone seeking to place a child or young person in our school or our homes, so you can form your own opinion as to how well we are doing.

Investors in people

(Continuously since 1994)

Latest News

2016 sees The Lioncare Group celebrating its 25th Anniversary. We plan to mark this important occasion by holding a variety of special events and activities that will involve the whole community that is The Lioncare Group.
We will be posting more about all this as and when plans and ideas are confirmed.... watch this space!

At the end of August 2016 a group of adults and young people from Lioncare will be journeying up to Scotland for a huge personal challenge. To conquer the summit of the tallest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis!

We are raising money for Trewan Sands Children's Trust and would really appreciate your support. Donating to our JustGiving page is easy:

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