Caron Lackenby

Director of care-Responsible Individual – Designated safeguarding officer


Caron started as a Residential support worker around 20 years ago, at the time working with Children with complex needs who needed to live in solo homes with high staffing levels, due to their level of risk and complexities. Within 2 years Caron had progressed to a Registered Manager, responsible for three solo homes with a team of 18 staff. The home’s Caron managed were always on a minimum rating of “Good” with some on “Outstanding”. 4 years ago, she became a Service Manager and in quick succession, a Responsible Individual. During this time, she successfully opened and registered seven Children homes, which all remained on “good ratings” under her direction.

In March 2022 Caron joined the Omega Life Team as the driving force behind creating strong family environments for our children, reducing institutionalism, whilst offering continued support and guidance for Managers and their teams to succeed in achieving “Good” Ofsted ratings, this has already been achieved and remains on Caron’s agenda. Caron and the teams are passionate about Children and young people having positive experiences at Omega, with the ethos of a “home for children” as opposed to a “Children’s home”. Always striving for Children and young people to feel part of the Omega community, by meeting regularly for fundays, barbeques, Halloween/Christmas parties and such like.

Caron’s vast experience of working with children and young people with a variety of complex needs, including attachment disorder, Child exploitation, Criminal exploitation, County lines, attachment disorders and many other complex behaviours and backgrounds, significantly enhances the support which Omega provides to its children and young people. Caron has experience in working closely with clinicians in settings that specialise in gangs and radicalisation and in harmful sexual behaviour. A comprehensive understanding of trauma and how this can impact on Childrens day-to-day life serves as a valuable tool in understanding complex needs and Caron is committed to helping teams to have a sound understanding of this, and how to implement the PACE model into their delivery of care.

Caron has significant experience of successfully managing and developing teams to work effectively with children and young people, to create places of safety and warmth for them to grow and develop, she always insists on unconditional positive regards to support young people to find a sense of self-worth.

Caron supports and guides Managers and teams to have a thorough understanding of the social care common inspection framework, (SCCIF), Quality standards, Children home regulations and legislation and government guidelines which underpin our day-to-day practice. She has a solid professional relationship with OFSTED inspectors, ensuring that the homes are always well prepared for inspections with strong systems in place to evidence how they meet the Ofsted requirements.

Caron is also involved in delivering in house training for Omega, including the PACE model, meaning staff can receive regular training to ensure they have the skills required to support Children and young people.

Level 3 NVQ working with children and young people.
Level 4 ILM Management
Level 4 city and guilds leadership and management
Level 5 – diploma- leadership and managemen