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Art Psychotherapist / Systemic Psychotherapist / Clinical or Counselling Psychologist
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Art Psychotherapist / Systemic Psychotherapist / Clinical or Counselling Psychologist
Salary - £44,790 - £51,837 | Based in Kingston | Permanent  | 36 hours   

There’s never been a better time to join Achieving for Children (AfC), we were awarded OUTSTANDING in our October 2019 Kingston Ofsted inspection.

If you have the skills that will enable us to continue to enhance our practice and improve outcomes for children further,  we want to hear from you.  We are looking for bright, enthusiastic people who have the passion and the drive to make a positive difference to children’s lives. By recognising and championing strengths we know we can make a real difference. It’s a genuine team effort in AfC. That’s why we want talented people, like you, to join us and help create a brighter future for children and families.

About the Role
The purpose of this post is to improve the emotional and mental health of children and young people who are in care or leaving care. As a Clinical Specialist in the Permanency Service for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for:
  • To provide support, advice and consultation to professionals, particularly our social workers.
  • To undertake specialist mental health assessments of cases which may be complex in nature in order to formulate, plan and deliver a range of psychological interventions.
  • To provide psychotherapy to children who are in care or leaving care.
  • To provide clinical supervision to qualified therapists as required.
About AfC
We are a not-for-profit social enterprise owned by three local authorities (Kingston, Richmond and Windsor & Maidenhead), we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. To find out more about us click here.

About You
To be a Clinical Specialist at AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following points:
  • Putting children and young people first
  • Be Qualified as a Systemic Psychotherapist / Clinical or Counselling Psychologist or Art Psychotherapist
  • Be qualified as a Social Worker (desirable)
  • Be able to provide consultation and training to a wide range of professionals
  • Have CAMHS experience in working with complex and vulnerable families
  • Be able to undertake child mental health assessments and deliver high-quality therapy to children and families
About our benefits
When you join AfC you will have access to:
  • Positive and supportive working environments - We have a highly supportive working environment in which managers are challenging and supporting in equal measures.
  • Positive work-life balance - Access to employee benefits and support forms part of our health and wellbeing offer.
  • A competitive salary and access to LA pension scheme - Our salaries are benchmarked against other local authorities.
  • A range of staff benefits and discounts managed via your own app - Staff can enjoy a wide range of discounts on sports and leisure activities and everyday shopping through AfC My Place.
  • Professional reflective supervision - Regular, high-quality reflective supervision which helps to build confidence is available to all.
  • Strong Management - A strong performance management culture, with an equally strong focus on practice learning, is embedded across the organisation.
  • A fantastic learning and development offer - A clearly set out and accessible learning and development pathway, offering an extensive range of training and learning opportunities is accessible for all. This includes funding for post-qualifying courses.
Start dates
Achieving for Children have fixed start dates and candidates are advised to prepare for this should a job offer be accepted to ensure eligible continuous service is not affected. Please see the attached documentation for more information.

To apply
If you would like more information about this role please see our role profile. Please apply online including a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria for this post detailing what skills, knowledge, experience and abilities you can bring to the role as outlined in role profile.

Closing Date: 18th April 2021
Interview Date: W/C 6th May 2021

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Susan Pooley, Lead Clinician for Permanency & Clinical Psychologist or Jo Steer, Associate Director for Emotional Health Services & Consultant Clinical Psychologist for an informal discussion.

Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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