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Clinical Specialist/Systemic Psychotherapist
 
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Clinical Specialist/ Systemic Psychotherapist
Salary - £44,790 - £50,826 | Based in Kingston | Permanent | Part Time (21.6 hours per week)

Achieving for Children recognise these are unprecedented times, but we continue to build capacity to support our most vulnerable groups. To do this we are continuing to attract talented professionals to join us as we continue to provide OUTSTANDING (Kingston ILACS Ofsted 2019) services.


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.
  • Hold an interest / qualification in Systemic theory and practice e.g Certificate in Systemic Practice.
  • 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.
To find out about all of the breadth of benefits of working for Achieving for Children click here


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

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.

Advert Closing Date: 25th January 2021
Provisional Interview Dates: TBC


If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Susan Pooley, Lead Clinician for Permanency & Clinical Psychologist susan.pooley@achievingforchildren.org.uk  or Jo Steer, Associate Director for Emotional Health Services & Consultant Clinical Psychologist jo.steer@achievingforchildren.org.uk 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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