Functional Family Therapy Child Welfare worker

Job Title: Functional Family Therapy Child Welfare worker
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Norfolk
Salary: £32,814 - £46,743
Job Published: December 18, 2019 14:06

Job Description

Functional Family Therapy Child Welfare worker (with potential for Supervisor progression)

An excellent opportunity for an experienced and professional individual (social work, mental health nursing, psychology, family therapist) to join an established  Functional Family Therapy Service in Norfolk. The team deliver Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare (FFT-CW); an adaptation of the manualised FFT model for families in which child abuse and neglect is present. FFT -CW is a licenced, evidence-based programme with a strong track record. This is the second such service in the UK, so this is an exciting development for clinical practice. This is an outcomes-based contract for children 8-16 at risk of care entry (using a social impact bond structure), working to prevent children and young people entering care. We also work with a smaller cohort of young people who have entered care, for whom the service will manage a return home using the FFT-CW intervention. 

With therapeutic experience and knowledge of systemic formulations. you may already be on the journey towards accreditation as a family therapist or systemic practitioner (in which case we may help to support your training) or you may already be qualified. You will be joining a highly skilled, motivated team, currently growing, which will eventually comprise 6 Therapists and two Supervisors.  The team has been operational since March 2019 covering the County and is embedded into the Social Care across the region. Working with the FFT UK Consultant, you will follow a structured pathway of continuous professional development in FFT-CW and family therapy practice. You will achieve fidelity to the therapeutic model through consultation, coaching and training supported by the Supervisor and FFT UK Consultant. You will take referrals from Norfolk Children’s Social Care and establish effective working relationships with both Social Care and partner agencies to achieve outcomes for families. If you are seeking an opportunity to make the best of your skills in engaging families and creating sustainable change with them, please apply. You will take an outcome-focussed approach with good sensitivity to dynamic risk, child protection, inter-agency working and clinical complexity.

As well as more recently qualified candidates we are interested in applicants who have aspirations to become an FFT CW Supervisor. Progression to Supervisor is dependent upon achieving fidelity milestones and clinical progression in the FFT CW model in year one. Supervisor training is well supported and requires travel to the USA for an ‘externship programme’ of development. Applicants with existing NHS pension eligibility may be able to retain access to the NHS pension if supervisor status is attained. Relocation support is also offered. Ideally the successful applicant will be able to attend initial FFT clinical training on 12th -14th February in Brighton for which days will be repaid following appointment, however if not possible then alternative training will be offered at a later stage, possibly in the US.

For informal discussion please contact Tom Jefford 07909 687703

Please see our website for a full job description and application form.

Salary:  £32,814 - £46,743

Location:  Norwich and East Norfolk

Hours: 37 Hours 

Contract: Permanent

Closing Date: 21st January

Interview Dates:  29th January