Location: Cardiff, Wales, Darlington, North East, Exeter, South West, Liverpool, North West, Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber
Salary: £28,895 - £33,229 with potential allowance (equivalent to NHS band 7)
Contract: Fixed term 21 months
The Support and Safeguarding team is recruiting an experienced and talented health or social work practitioner to join our multidisciplinary team comprising psychologists, social workers, counsellors, and assistant psychologists. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the work of the Inquiry by providing expert trauma-informed advice and consultation to Inquiry staff to ensure the wellbeing of victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. We welcome applications from a range of experienced, qualified and registered professionals (for example, psychologists, mental health social workers, mental health nurses).
IICSA is one of the most important and high-profile public inquiries ever established. Our role is to identify, understand and learn from the institutional failings that allowed child sexual abuse to happen in the past, and to make robust recommendations to prevent that abuse from happening in the future.
The Specialist Mental Health Practitioner role is consultative with little direct client contact. You will be one of the main points of contact for queries and escalations relating to issues of well-being and safeguarding from across the Inquiry, in a fast paced civil service environment. You will work closely with case workers and other staff in the communication teams to ensure effective engagement with victims and survivors with a range of needs, working to prevent retraumatization and promote well-being. You will also provide expert consultation to specific project work within the Truth Project, as part of the Truth Project’s Diverse Communities Strategy.
We are looking for a Mental Health Practitioner with expertise in communicating psychosocial concepts to professionals from a range of backgrounds. You will have experience of working therapeutically with victims and survivors of child sexual abuse; sound skills in assessment and formulation, and a good understanding of the cultural issues that affect the perception of child sexual abuse in different community groups. You will have applied knowledge of psychological trauma, in particular complex or developmental trauma, and a sensitivity to parallel processes and organisational dynamics. You will also need expertise in providing advice in safeguarding matters and be skilled in risk assessment.
With the Inquiry being a time-limited project, the role is offered on a fixed term contract basis (21 months), or loan/secondment for existing civil servants.
For further details about this role and the benefits of working at the IICSA, please click on the apply button below.
Closing date: Midnight on, 17 July, 2018.