Leadership & Management

Conor McLaughlin

Conor McLaughlin

I have 12 years of experience working within the child care sector, where I have worked with some of the most vulnerable young people in the UK.

During this time I have gained valuable experience and learned that each young person I work with needs to be heard – their experiences, needs and wishes – in order for them to be better supported on their journey to adulthood.

I pride myself on creating a culture of safety where young people know it is okay to make mistakes. We always have an open dialogue where they can discuss their mistakes and learn from them. In turn, this helps them to build resilience and self-esteem.

 I have managed homes in previous roles and also worked in all positions within a home I understand the different roles of each team member from personal experience. This is how I can create an optimal team of staff, providing the best care for our children and young people.

Throughout my career I have gained a Diploma Level 3 in children and young people’s workforce; Diploma 5 in leadership and management; Diploma in social pedagogy; lead safeguarding officer and I am also therapeutically trained.

Richard Perry

Richard Perry (Responsible Individual)

During my working career, I have always used a professional approach and resourceful in solving difficulty scenario’s. My ethos is based around gaining positive outcomes with success in supporting and providing a nurturing environment for young people within my care.
My aims are to develop and lead a team to achieve outstanding outcomes within the home, adopting an individualised approach for each young person that resides within my care.
After working through various roles within the care sector, from Residential Support Worker to Interim Manager, this has enabled me to gain an understanding into the expectations and requirements for these roles.
I ensure that everyone I work alongside, understand the values and culture within the children’s social care sector. I ensure that the safety of the young people and staff remain paramount.
My ability to work as a team, working closely with external agencies and professionals has enabled me to enhance my support for the young people, acting in their best interests.
Throughout my career I have gained a Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce: Social Care Pathway (England), Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership (QCF),10 Years’ experience within Residential Child Care Provisions. Price Intervention training – PRICE TRAINER, Therapeutic background, experience of managing finance, ’Safer recruitment’ implementation, DSL Advanced training.


Joanne Carroll

I have been given the opportunity to develop my career and progress to the position of Manager at Grace House after joining the team in 2019 as the Deputy Manager. I am driven to support positive outcomes for our young people helping them to reach their full potential and building brighter futures. I will continue to ensure that the staff team and I provide a safe and happy environment for our young people to grow. Whilst developing my own professional knowledge within my new role I will also be sharing my 16 years of care experience with the team, encouraging professional development for everyone at Grace House.

My career began at a children's nursery where I worked for 7 years and gained my ‘Level 3 qualification in Child Care’.  I then worked with the elderly for 12 months providing end of life and dementia care. I soon realised that I wanted to peruse a career with young people so I took up the position of a residential support worker at a residential children's home and completed the ‘Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People’. I spent the next 3 years working in a senior role. I developed my understanding and experience with autism in spending 1 year with Autism West Midlands. In 2019 I joined the team at Grace House, during this time I have completed the Level 5 Leadership and Management Diploma.