Specialist Clinical Practitioner - Children and Families Service

Job Title: Specialist Clinical Practitioner - Children and Families Service
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Hackney
Salary: £48,252 - £49,203
Job Published: November 21, 2019 08:56

Job Description

Specialist Clinical Practitioner - Children and Families Service

Full-time, Permanent, 36 Hours per Week

SCP Range: £48,252 - £49,203

Job number: HC02842

We are pleased to invite applications for this role within our specialist integrated CAMHS within Children and Families Services in Hackney. You will join a highly regarded clinical service, providing therapeutic interventions to children, young people and their families and providing consultation and clinical expertise to professionals.

Our team is an in-house CAMHS for children who are receiving support from Children’s Social Care, Family Support, Young Hackney (targeted youth services) and the YOT. We deliver high quality and effective clinical assessments and interventions to children, young people and their families, as well as consultation and training to social care staff, youth workers and foster carers.

Clinicians within our service represent a range of disciplines, including Clinical Psychology, Systemic Psychotherapy, Forensic Psychology, Occupational Therapy, and Child Psychotherapy.  We are responsible for providing high quality assessments and multi-modal, evidence-based interventions to children who have a range of complex needs in relation to their emotional health and wellbeing. Clinicians also provide assessments within the Public Law Outline and for the Youth Courts. Training provided by our Clinicians includes AFT-accredited postgraduate systemic training, as well as training for foster carers and consultation to professionals from a range of disciplines.

You will also have the opportunity to be part of innovative service developments, such as the development of Contextual Safeguarding practice to address peer risk issues, and the embedding of Systemic practice approaches across the organisation.

Hackney’s clinical service is well-established and has a strong learning culture, as well as ongoing ties to local and national partners in developing best practice. The service operates as three Clinical Hubs, with the opportunity for all our Clinicians to work across Children’s Social Care, Youth Justice, Young Hackney and Family Support Services, in line with their professional expertise and experience.  Clinicians deliver evidence-based assessments to children and their families on an outreach basis, in their homes, placements and other community settings. This includes individual, family and group work. Clinical supervision and line management is provided within the service in line with professional governance requirements. Specialist training and supervision is available for therapeutic approaches including Systemic therapy, VIG, the Parent Child Game, EMDR, Theraplay and DDP.      

Dynamic, innovative, committed and passionate, you’ll bring a comprehensive knowledge and skill-base to the challenge of working with vulnerable children and families.

Candidates must hold a UK recognised psychology or psychotherapy qualification or equivalent, with relevant post-qualifying experience in delivering specialist therapies to children and families from a range of backgrounds. You will be required to demonstrate continuing professional development including advanced post-qualification training in relevant areas and have current UK professional registration with the relevant body.

An enhanced DBS check is required.

If you share our values and are ready to be part of our exciting journey please visit our website [] to apply.

When applying, it is essential that you include a supporting statement, addressing how your skills, knowledge and experience meet all aspects of the post, as indicated in the job description and person specification.

The next stage of the recruitment process is to complete two online tests. These will be sent to you within 3 days after the application closing date. The email you receive will be from the test site, Skills Arena. Please contact the recruitment team on 0208 356 8845 if you not receive online tests within 3 working days once the role is closed. Please do not contact us prior to the 3 working days.

For further information about the Specialist Clinical Practitioner post, please contact Laura Smith, Head of Clinical Practice on 020 8356 5536 or via email at

Closing date for applications: 4th December 2019.

Assessment / Interview Dates: 24th January 2020.

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.

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