Polaris Children’s Services
Consultant Therapist - Full-Time (12 month fixed-term contract)
Base Location: Chester and Cheshire West
Covering Location: North West
Salary: Up to £28,000
Benefits: 30 days' Annual Leave (rising to 35 days' with length of service) + Bank Holidays, Pension Scheme, Life Assurance & Employee Discount Scheme
Polaris Children’s Services has developed an expertise in working with vulnerable children and their families across the UK. We were established as a company in our own right in 2009.
Our multi-disciplinary social workers, support workers, therapists and teachers use both therapeutic and evidence based approaches in their work.
Our services for children, young people and families are designed to deliver positive outcomes using evidence based models and the latest research.
What we are looking for
Polaris Children’s Services (PCS) are looking for a Therapist who can provide high quality therapeutic support to the clients of PCS in accordance with your training and accreditation and within the specific project or service aims.
The service is based around families within Children's Social Care where the parent/s have had a mental health diagnosis. The role will be to offer consultation to Social Workers and other professionals in the network around the family to help them to understand the mental health diagnosis and how to best support the family. The worker will also work with the family to support them to understand their diagnosis, any impact there may be on their family and also to signpost them to appropriate support services.
This post will not be delivering Therapy sessions directly, rather with advise and consult on Therapy best practice.
- To contribute to the maintenance of a strong local and UK-wide therapy service where quality and clinical governance is key
- To work within the local integrated multidisciplinary team to develop and deliver commissioned services within the agreed approach and service agreements. This is likely to include professional consultation, group and / or individual therapeutic work with parents / carers / children
- To deliver and co-produce training program to social care staff as a part of their professional development on psychological presentations to inform Care planning for emotional well-being and targeted support from analysis of responses.
- To provide professional and practical advice and guidance via consultations to social care staff how to best understand and support the meeting of emotional health and well-being objectives of young people.
- To form and maintain co-operative relationships with external mental health, social care, voluntary and independent sector services for young people i.e. CAMHS, LCFC, COMPASS, NSPCC etc. To refer to these services when clinically appropriate and incorporate these professionals into the looked after children’s meetings. To intervene at all levels of the system as required to enable best outcomes for children and families
- To offer professional advice and support to colleagues within PCS to discuss issues that arise in work related matters
- To facilitate staff Monthly Practice Development Meetings to explore cases, share and develop good practice through a reflective model
- To facilitate clinical group discussions, which encourages self-assessment, analytical and reflective skills regarding case management
- Hold a recognised relevant therapy qualification or certificate in relevant therapeutic training
- Be registered and accredited or working towards accreditation with a recognised accrediting therapy body
- Receive ongoing clinical supervision
- Must possess a full driving licence and have unrestricted access to your own vehicle
- Experience of working with vulnerable children and families
- A broad knowledge of the presentations, effects and interventions of developmental Trauma, Attachment and related mental health concerns commonly perceived to be experienced by looked after children.
- To have carried out professional assessments and articulated knowledge of how to analysis and communicate complex psychological concerns
- A preliminary knowledge of child protection procedures
- Effective collaboration with professionals in Health, Education and Social Services
Polaris Children’s Services is an Equal Opportunities employer. The successful applicant will be subject to a DBS check at enhanced level if successful for the position. We reserve the right to withdraw this advert without notification. Please note, we do not work with recruitment agencies.
For an informal discussion, please contact Myke Richardson-Hughes, Therapy Manager, on 07967 381 035.
If you would like to be considered for this post, please do apply.
Due to current lockdown situation all interviews at this time will be conducted virtually, and all appointments managed pragmatically in line with individual and company needs.