Clinical Specialist

Kingston upon Thames
£41898 - £48489 per annum FTE
28 Mar 2018
18 Apr 2018
Part Time
Contract Type

About the role

We are looking for a part time (0.5FTEClinical Specialist (Clinical / Counselling Psychologist or Systemic Psychotherapist) to join our Permanency Service at a time of exciting and positive change.


As Clinical Specialist for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for

  • Promoting a consultation model of work for the Social Work Teams
  • Undertake specialist mental health assessments and therapy
  • Provide training to a wide range of staff

This is a fantastic role in a lively and supportive team.


About us

We have been up and running for four years, and in that time we have established a reputation as one of the leading children's services providers in the country. We are one of the Department for Education's eight 'Partners in Practice', tasked with leading improvement across the sector.


About you

To be a Clinical Specialist for AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following points

  • Putting children and young people first
  • Qualified as either Systemic Psychotherapist or Clinical / Counselling Psychologist
  • Able to provide consultation and training to a range of professionals on mental health
  • Have previous experience in working with complex and vulnerable families


In return, we will offer you high quality support and development opportunities. Our learning and development offer was highlighted as a key strength by the judging panel when they named us Social Work Employer of the Year in 2016.

For more information please contact: Dr Jo Steer (Head of Emotional Health Service Clinical Psychologist) or Mrs Lotte van Kouwen (Interim Joint Deputy Head of Emotional Health Service & Art Psychotherapist) on 02084875470


Benefit of working for Achieving for Children
As a social enterprise owned by three local authorities (Kingston, Richmond and Windsor & Maidenhead), we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. We offer a range of excellent staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements, cycle to work scheme, annual season ticket loan, childcare vouchers, and discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres and much more.

The successful candidate will have access to;

  • Excellent learning and development opportunities and schemes of support
  • A competitive and desirable retention package (to include a generous local government pension scheme)
  • Retention of continuous service benefits, for those moving from a local government post
  • A clear progression path when key qualification milestones are reached
  • Tools and models to support practice, including Signs of Safety
  • Reflective supervision from an experienced management team

You will find out more about our organisation at


How to apply
Before applying please refer to the role profile and ensure you meet the essential criteria. You will then need to complete the online application, adding a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria outlined on the role profile. Some of our positions require CV only.

Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. However, should you not declare an offence that is subsequently revealed, e.g. through the DBS check, then this may place your appointment in jeopardy.

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