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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 Systemic Psychotherapist for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for:
  • Providing support, advice and consultation to professionals, particularly our social workers.
  • Undertaking specialist mental health assessments of cases which may be complex in nature in order to formulate, plan and deliver a range of psychological interventions.
  • Providing systemic psychotherapy to children who are in care or leaving care
  • Providing clinical supervision to qualified systemic psychotherapists 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 Systemic Psychotherapist/ 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
  • 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 systemic psychotherapy 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

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 the Role Profile.

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Susan Pooley, Lead Clinician for Permanency or Jo Murray, Deputy Head of EHS & Systemic Psychotherapist on 020 8547 6269 for an informal discussion.

Closing date: 29 November 2020
Provisional interview date: 17 December

We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


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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