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Family Practitioner - Families Together Team

  • Employer: London Borough of Havering
  • Reference: 820
  • Published: Thu 16/06/2022, 16:40 PM
  • Closing on: Tue 12/07/2022, 16:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: 29511
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Havering

GRADE 5- £27978-£31044pa 

About Us

The primary purpose of this role is to facilitate intensive, strengths-based family sessions for a caseload of children within the Families Together Team.

The Families Together Team works with children aged 10 – 18 and their families. We facilitate a bespoke three-phase intervention for adolescents on the Edge of Care to improve relationships and communication within families, promoting good outcomes for children in Havering. 

Our Family Practitioners have access to accredited training in Systemic Practice as well as weekly consultations and co-working opportunities with qualified Systemic Practitioners and Systemic Family Therapists within the team. 

Family Practitioners are encouraged to access Systemic Practice Champions workshops in partnership with wider services.

About You

Your skills, knowledge, and experience includes:

Extensive experience of working with children and families with complex experiences of risk and uncertainty.

Experience of working across organisational boundaries, within multi-disciplinary inter-agency teams.

Excellent communication and ability to negotiate on behalf of people you work with.

Experience of using a strengths-based approach, working in ways which empower and encourage participation from families.

Experience of working with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, creating access to professional support for children and families with complex needs or facing barriers to good engagement.

Diploma level of education or equivalent; Systemic training is desirable.

Knowledge of the local context, safeguarding policy, and evidence-based practice to promote good outcomes for children in Havering.

About the Job

You will be required to develop Planned, Purposeful, and Focused interventions in collaboration with families and professionals to reduce risk within families. You will work intensively with children and families using theory and practice informed by Systemic Family Therapy, in line with Havering’s Face-to-Face practice model.

You will be responsible for managing a busy caseload and recording your interventions. You will maintain good communication and collaborative partnership working with colleagues in children’s social care to assess and respond to safeguarding concerns. You will work alongside multi-disciplinary and statutory teams connected to families, joining multi-agency professionals’ meetings to ensure coordinated responses to risk for the children we work so that positive and sustainable changes are made.

You will work as part of a team of Family Practitioners and a Systemic Family Therapist, contributing to reflective supervision sessions to guide your work. In this team you will be able to demonstrate leadership and access learning opportunities to develop your professional skills and share your learning each week.

Please view Job Profile here

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Grace.Smith@havering.gov.uk or Jane.Gouge@havering.gov.uk

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 11th July  2022 however interest in this job may be high and we therefore reserve the right to close the vacancy early.

You will be notified if your application has been successful.  Interview date to be  scheduled. 

Should you require any help or advice with your online application, please contact the Recruitment Helpdesk on 01708 432770

Additional Information

We want everyone to choose Havering. When you apply for a job with us, your application is considered on its merits regardless of your age, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender identity or sexual orientation. Our residents and service users come from all walks of life, and so do our employees.

The London Borough of Havering has important responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. If you are appointed to a job that involves working with these groups, you may be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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

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  • Employer: London Borough of Havering
  • Reference: 820
  • Published: Thu 16/06/2022, 16:40 PM
  • Closing on: Tue 12/07/2022, 16:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: 29511
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Havering