A recognised professional qualification in therapeutic practice to diploma level, social work, or equivalent level of training in emotional wellbeing/mental health of children.
At least two years experience of delivering high quality child and family assessments of therapeutic need and formulating therapeutic interventions with children and their families.
Experience of providing therapeutic support to children, parents and families, who have experienced sexual abuse and/or traumatic loss and grief.
Experience of or interest in developing consultation and training with professional systems is desirable.
Experience or interest in developing skills in therapeutic group work and delivering psychoeducation and systemic approaches.
Evidence of research skills or proven ability to identify, analyse, formulate and report on complex issues, particularly those impacting on engagement and access to therapeutic services.
Demonstrate a working knowledge of the impact of developmental trauma and loss on children and their families
Ability to communicate effectively and develop relationships with professionals working with children and families in statutory and voluntary agencies
Ability to develop support plans and work independently on own initiative and demonstrate a high level of written skills in recording and demonstrating outcomes.
Knowledge and understanding of solution focussed approaches to working with children and young people, families and the system around them.
Experience of participation in multi-agency support plans, including CAF and other partnership or integrated models of working.
Experience of health and safety principles, policies and procedures (within the context of service provision) and the ability to comply with Family Action’s Health and Safety policy.
A sound knowledge of current developments in social care practice affecting children and families and evidence based practice in emotional wellbeing and child and adolescent mental health.
A working knowledge of Safeguarding in order to advise and support professionals where there are safeguarding issues, including the practical application of Working Together principles and local procedures.
A commitment to undertake appropriate training and promoting own professional development.
The ability to work autonomously and to plan, prioritise work under pressure and adapt to new models of working to meet identified need.
Knowledge and skills in the use of IT including the ability to use Microsoft packages e.g. excel, outlook.
Willingness to comply with Family Acton’s Diversity and equality Policy and our Ethical Policy in every aspect of your work and positively promote the principles of these policies amongst colleagues, service users and other members of the community.
Willingness to adopt Family Action values.
The ability to work flexibly as required with an expectation of some occasional out of hours work and travel.