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Full Time

£45,000 - £50,000 per annum

Home Based/Office Role - Covering Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire

Nexus Fostering is an Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ Independent Fostering Agency. We work in close partnership with local authorities to identify and meet the needs of their children, and provide safe, secure and therapeutic placements. 

We are looking for an experienced, focussed and dedicated Clinical Lead to join our team.  As Clinical Lead you will lead the therapeutic provision of the Care+ and 360 fostering services, providing therapeutically supported fostering placements.  Both services offer therapeutic input to foster carers and use the same therapeutic models, the 360 service offers a higher level of support to the child/young person and foster carers. Support is provided by social work teams which include Family Support Workers, an Education Lead and a Therapeutic Social Work Lead.

Main Duties

  • To recruit Clinicians to provide fortnightly therapeutic clinics to foster carers caring for children and young people in the Care+ or 360 service
  • To provide supervision and support on therapeutic matters to Clinicians as required
  • Oversee performance and review targets of Clinicians
  • To facilitate and direct monthly reflective group sessions for Clinicians, alongside individual case management
  • To regularly review and develop the Care+ and 360 services for children and young people with the Project Manager
  • To ensure the therapeutic work of Clinicians and Social Work teams is standardised and delivered consistently across the organisation
  • To develop and provide delivery of training for all staff and foster carers about:
    • the therapeutic approach
    • supported fostering services
    • behaviour management strategies
    • stabilising placements
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with LA commissioning and social work teams to promote the supported fostering services
  • Provide therapeutic clinics if required with:
    • Strategies for foster carers, with theoretical explanations for behaviours
    • Monitoring foster carers resilience and development
    • Clinic notes
    • Therapeutic care plan written reports
    • Individual needs summaries
  • Develop case studies, videos and relevant materials for use in foster carer training and Social Work practice
  • Review therapeutic Care Plans with Clinicians regularly to ensure they are developed and progressed
  • Comply with National Minimum Standards, National Fostering Regulations, Statutory Guidance for Fostering
  • Provide service updates for the Senior Management Team
  • To maintain client confidentiality in accordance with GDPR and other guidance.
  • To undertake any other duties that could reasonably fall within the scope of this post
  • To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and other persons who may be affected by your acts and omissions and co-operate with managers to enable them to carry out their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Employees have equal responsibility with the company for health and safety at work.
  • This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and you are expected to share this commitment

Requirements

  • Therapeutic qualification in psychotherapy or psychology
  • Experience of working therapeutically in a relevant field – understanding the impact of childhood trauma and abuse
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal) including an ability to communicate and work in settings in which the atmosphere may be highly emotive
  • Ability to work with carers to enable them to therapeutically re-parent traumatised children and young people and ability to reflect with carers around the impact
  • Experience managing a team or individuals
  • Excellent organisational skills, and problem solving ability
  • Ability and experience in writing comprehensive assessments and analytical report writing
  • Ability and experience of using a range of different systems including Excel, Word, Powerpoint and online virtual meetings.
  • Liaison with range of agencies and professionals
  • Working with different theoretical methods
  • Competent trainer and speaker
  • Multi-agency working – working within a team of different professionals and disciplines
  • Awareness of Child Protection and Safeguarding issues and procedures, including professional curiosity
  • Ability to travel as required to a range of appointments
  • Valid driver’s license, and access to own vehicle
  • Willingness to work flexible hours to meet the needs of the services

Why work for us?

In return for your service not only will you be working for an employer that really cares but you will also receive the following fantastic benefits:

  • 28 days holiday in your first year
  • Birthday day off
  • Good Health days (if you have no sickness within a 6 month period you get a further day off after probation)
  • Auto Enrolment Pension Scheme
  • Fostertalk membership
  • Optional Private healthcare scheme.

Everyone is welcome…

Diversity and inclusion are the principles for how we build our teams and Nexus Fostering strives to create an inclusive culture where all forms of diversity are valued and celebrated. We want a workforce which represents the communities we serve and work to ensure no applicant or employee is treated unfairly on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, religion or identity. We recognise and value the individual differences and contributions of all employees and believe that by working together we can achieve equality for all.