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Child and Family Social Worker in CAMHs

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a. / pro rata for part-time
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you a registered Social Worker who thrives on working with children and families and would like to become part of a new workforce initiative to support families with social and emotional needs in our Child and Family Mental Health Service?

Are you energised by working with families who have social system challenges and who experience a high level of social, emotional health difficulties that are inherently linked to these challenges?

Are you interested in adopting a trauma informed compassionate approach to assessing and managing safeguarding needs, and in working with families experiencing a high level of distress and who may be difficult to engage?

If yes, then we would like to invite you to join us in an exciting opportunity to work in the engagement and stabilisation pathway across our community and acute care teams!

You will be a key member of the multi-disciplinary team working directly with children and families who have a high level of social care needs alongside (and often underpinning) mental health difficulties. You will work hard to forge and develop collaborative working relationships with partner agencies to promote high standards of clinical practice when working with all young people and their families/carers. You will offer advice and guidance on risk and safeguarding to the team, completing assessments of risk and referring to the social care teams where needed.

Main duties of the job

You will hold a clinical caseload where you will co-ordinate care planning, and take part in the duty rota where a more immediate response from families or referrers is needed. Experience of supporting families experiencing acute distress would be highly beneficial. Excellent communication skills will also be a core required skill.

If you would like to develop your skills in working with young people and families who experience chronic and enduring mental health needs, as well as working with neurodivergent children and families, this is an ideal opportunity to transfer your current skills and learn new ones. We'll make sure that you gain the right expertise and through our Clinical Competency Framework, we'll guide you and support you in your new role, consider appropriate further training needs and offer excellent clinical supervision and line management support.

To work as a Child & Family Social Worker in CAMHs

To work as a core member of the engagement and stabilisation pathway to help families with a high level of social needs and associated emotional distress and difficulty.

To be a specialist resource for the team on safeguarding risks e.g. exploitation, family discord and parent/carer distress.

To liaise with relevant agencies in the delivery of care to youngpeople and their families

To work with colleagues within Child and Family Mental HealthServices to ensure delivery of comprehensive packages of care for families with social system needs.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Dorset HealthCare is in partnership withThe Princes Trustto support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we offer an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. Please contact to access the support.

Person Specification

Knowledge, skills and training


  • Registration with Social Work England
  • Further specialist knowledge, or experience to Masters equivalent level.

Job specific experience


  • Experience of working with young people and people using mental health services who present with complex needs.
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Children's Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.
  • Understanding of philosophies, professional social work issues and legal frameworks underpinning specific client groups.
  • Good communication skills - listening, understanding, ability to express self to other people from a range of backgrounds and cultures.


  • Experience of working within in-patient services.
  • Experience of working in forensic services.

Information Technology


  • Standard or Advanced IT skills, normally obtained through practice or practical training,

Personal qualities


  • Able to balance safety and positive risk taking
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business - Level 1/2

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Dorchester Children's Centre

Damers Road



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