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Havering Social Work Vacancies

Vacancy Details

Family Therapist

London Borough of Havering
To be confirmed
Working Pattern:
Full Time
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
01/08/2021 at 15:40
London Borough of Havering

Grade 9-£45834-£49827pa  (plus 9k Market Supplement)

We are seeking skilled, flexible, passionate and creative therapists, who want to enhance the opportunities offered to children, young people and their families who are facing complex challenges.A major part of the role is to offer skilled and focused family therapy to a variety of children and their families/carers.In addition to the direct family therapy, the role involves opportunities to offer case conversations with other professionals. There will be opportunity within the team to develop and provide systemic training to a variety of audiences and contexts on an ad hoc basis. The family therapist will bring with them experience and/or an understanding of the children and families social care system.

About Us

Havering is in the process of becoming a centre of excellence for systemic practice, social work, and innovative collaborative practice. We are focussed on becoming one of the most exciting, interesting and rewarding Boroughs in London to practice in. We are Ofsted graded ‘Good’ and have a permanent senior management team in post providing strong stable leadership.

Havering is also a teaching borough and we have our very own Havering Social Care Academy (HSCA). HSCA is for all Havering social care staff working with children, adults, their families, carers and the wider community. The Academy will provide staff with access to training, a research hub, and opportunities for career progression, as part of our commitment to grow and develop our workforce.

Applications will be considered from qualified Family Therapist, and we do encourage newly qualified Family Therapist to apply.  You must hold a qualification in Family Therapy to (or equivalent) masters level and be registered, or eligible for registration, with the UKCP. A social work qualification would be desirable. You must also have a valid DBS. Start dates will be considered upon either successful checks for qualified Family Therapists or upon successful registration for newly qualified Family Therapists.

Our Face to Face Model of Practice (https://www.havering.gov.uk/f2f) is underpinned by a systemic approach and we aim to be purposeful, planned and focused in everything we do. Our Leadership Team has been committed to working systemically for a number of years, which shows in our training offer and practice development pathways for our staff. In addition to direct work with families and in supervision, we have introduced systemic thinking and practices in our structures and processes such as group case discussions, new style CP Conferences, reflective spaces, peer-led trainings and audit moderations. 

We have a team of six family therapists lead by a Head of Systemic and Clinical Practice. The Team is embedded across Children Social Care, in our Integrated Adolescent Safeguarding Service and within the Early Help Services. Opportunities to think and practise systemically as a family therapist in Havering Children’s Services are manifold and creativity is encouraged. Social Care Staff are welcoming the input from the clinicians and seeing the benefits of our relational, strengths-based approach for the families we work with. Part of your work will be aimed at staff support and skill development.

For informal enquiries please contact Petra Schmidt, Head of Systemic and Clinical Practice on petra.schmidt@havering.gov.uk

For further details please see the Job Description and Person Specification.

Location: Our offices are centrally located in Romford Town centre, only 17 minutes from London Liverpool Street Station. Romford is in the hub of the Havering; our centralised bus system enables easy transports links across the entire borough. Due to current Covid-restrictions, most of our provisions still take place remotely, including joint visits with social workers.

We offer onsite subsidised car parking, easily accessible within the M25, A12, A406 and A127. A full time employee is entitled to 26 days paid annual leave plus bank holidays. There is also a small training package of £200 for CPD.    

Closing date for applications: 31st July 2021

Additional Information

The London Borough of Havering is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.

Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Havering Redeployees.

The London Borough of Havering is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

In addition, the Authority reserves the right  to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes  anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).

Please attach your supporting statement, explaining in no more than x2 A4 sides why and how you meet the criteria for this role.

Please view Family Therapist Job Profile here

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