Specialist Clinical Practitioner - Youth Offending Team

Job Title: Specialist Clinical Practitioner - Youth Offending Team
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £48,252 - £49,203
Job Published: February 27, 2020 08:54

Job Description

You will join a highly regarded clinical service, leading on therapeutic interventions to children, young people and their families and providing consultation and clinical expertise to professionals.

As a Specialist Clinical Practitioner linked to the Youth Offending Team, you will join a highly specialist and integrated clinical service.  This is an in-house CAMHS, which delivers 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. They deliver 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 court proceedings. Training provided by our Clinicians includes years 1 and 2 of family therapy training, the Good Lives Model and Trauma-Informed Practice.

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 3 Clinical Hubs, with the opportunity for Clinicians to work across Children’s Social Care, Youth Justice, Young Hackney and Family Support Services.  Clinicians deliver evidence-based assessments to children and their families 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 supervision is available for therapeutic approaches including forensic risk assessment, VIG, the Parent Child Game, Theraplay and DDP. There is a strong CPD offer for Clinicians to support clinical specialism and skills development across a range of evidence-based practice.

Co-located with the YOT, you will be part of the wider Clinical Service, whilst working closely on a day-to-day basis with the YOT multi-agency team. You will provide consultation, training and reflective practice support to YOT colleagues. You will also work directly with young people who have engaged in offending, and their families, as well as a wider cohort of young people who are at risk of criminal and sexual exploitation. There will be opportunities for you to undertake group work as well as holding an individual caseload.

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 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 want to work in a place where you can represent our values so we achieve the best for our residents, please click on the apply button below.

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 2 x 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, Clinical Lead/Principal Clinical Psychologist on 020 8356 5536 or via email at

Closing date for applications: 12 March 2020

Assessment / Interview Date: To be advised

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.

For further information - download the job description and person specification - Specialist_Clinical_Practitioner - YOT - JD.doc

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