The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families supports distressed children and their families through innovative therapeutic practice and research, training and promoting awareness of mental health issues. In April 2019, the Centre opened its new Centre of Excellence located in King’s Cross.
The Centre values diversity and aims to have a workforce that reflects this. We encourage applications from all sections of the community and would actively seek to increase the diversity of the Brent Wellbeing and Emotional Support Team, which currently has professionals from a range of backgrounds. We are seeking to recruit from both diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds to reflect the nature of the population we work with in Brent.
Brent – Wellbeing and Emotional Support Team:
The Wellbeing and Emotional Support Team is a commissioned service by Brent Council focusing on improving the wellbeing of children and young people aged 4 to 18 years (or up to 25 years with a Special Educational Need or Disability) in identified vulnerable groups. These vulnerable groups include children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs, those at risk of exclusion from school or alternative provision, children and young people with learning disabilities, looked after children and those who are at risk of multiple vulnerabilities including child sexual exploitation, gang affiliation and domestic violence.
The service offers short-medium term evidence based individual and group interventions to address mild to moderate wellbeing needs largely using CBT, trauma informed and Mentalization approaches in the context of an Adaptive Mentalization-Based Integrative Treatment (AMBIT) model to inform practice overall. The work takes place on an outreach basis across a variety of settings, including schools, family homes and other community venues as well as work being conducted virtually. The service offers a variety of direct work with children and families and indirect work with multi-agency professional networks. For example providing consultation for Social Care colleagues on working therapeutically with young people who have experienced trauma and providing advice and guidance for school staff on how to enable children to access learning in both mainstream and specialist provisions as well as working closely with other local services such as The Accelerated Support Team who work with young people in crisis and at risk of family breakdown. The service also includes delivering training to multi-agency professionals.
We are currently recruiting a Clinical Psychologist to join our team. Applications are also welcome from Counselling Psychologists or Family Therapists. The successful candidate will work closely with Social Care and Virtual School colleagues in addressing the mental health needs of looked after children and those on the edge of care on an individual basis and through group programmes. As well as individual supervision, there will be access to peer supervision groups and various training opportunities for the successful candidate including in the Reflective Fostering Programme.
This role will suit a recently qualified Psychologist/Family Therapist with 2+ years of experience. The role will be suited to those individuals with skills and experiences working with hard to engage populations who may have withdrawn from education and their local community. The aim is to provide an accessible service to all members of the Brent community. The post-holder will have experience in working therapeutically in outreach settings and a good knowledge of current models and practice in the area of child and family mental health. All applicants must have a postgraduate qualification (at doctoral level) in Clinical or Counselling Psychology or a postgraduate qualification in Family Therapy and be registered with the appropriate professional body such as the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
The work will be a mixture of face-to-face work in community settings (predominantly schools) and home-based virtual appointments. Some attendance at meetings and supervisions may be required at the Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley HA9 0FJ and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, 4-8 Rodney Street, London N1 9JH.
Please email Recruitment@annafreud.org if you require assistance or experience difficulties in applying. Please note all our posts require candidates to have the Right to Work in the UK at the time of applying.
For an informal discussion, please contact Dr. Jyoti Pooni, Clinical Psychologist/Team Manager – Brent WEST, on 07436 701798 or Jyoti.Pooni@annafreud.org.
Contract duration: Permanent.
Closing date for applications: Midday (12pm), Friday 11 June 2021.
Notification of interview: Shortlisted applicants will be notified no later than Wednesday 16 June 2021. Please note: due to volume of applications expected, we will be unable to notify unsuccessful candidates.
Interviews will be held on Monday 21 June 2021.
How to apply: For more information about this role and to apply, please go to annafreud.org/vacancies/. We are unable to accept CVs and kindly request no contact from agencies.
Start date: 2021
Salary: £32,000 to £50,000 per annum FTE, depending on experience, plus 6% contributory pension scheme.