Child Clinical/Forensic Psychologist

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
8 Dec 2023
We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and compassionate Clinical/Forensic Psychologist to join our fantastic multi disciplinary team at our Lincolnshire Secure Children's Home.

The service is within our Complex Care Service Line, to include our Harmful Behaviour Serve and Complex Needs Service. The Secure Children's home has provision for up to 12 young people between the ages of 10 and 18 years who may have experienced various forms of abuse, display associated trauma related behaviour(s) and who may be subject of appropriate legal orders.

You will join our Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist in providing the Clinical/Forensic Psychology aspect of the MDT mental health assessment, provide formulation and evidence based interventions as appropriate. You will provide specialist developmental assessments to help understand underlying neurodiversity, learning difficulties which may be impacting on the young person's presentation along with consultation and training to staff within and outside of the service as required.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide the Clinical Psychology aspect of the LPFT's multi-disciplinary mental health assessment and intervention service provision to young people resident in LSU.
  • To develop and provide a range of clinical psychology assessments and interventions. To act as case coordinator / lead professional where appropriate.
  • To provide therapeutic interventions to young people within LSU who have been the victims of sexual abuse who are presenting with sexually concerning behaviours.
  • To provide specialist developmental assessments.
  • Experience in and ability to provide at least 2 therapeutic interventions (such as DBT, CBT, DDP etc).
  • Responsible for implementing policies as set out by LPFT CAMHS and the Health Trust and the LSU.
  • To provide effective supervision to more junior psychologists working within LPFT and to trainee clinical and /or forensic psychologists on placement.
  • To receive regular clinical and professional supervision from a more experienced child clinical/forensic psychologist and regular line management supervision.
  • To assist with the provision of specialist placements for trainee clinical and/or forensic psychologists and to be the lead supervisor as appropriate.
  • To provide teaching on the Trent Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
  • To provide clinical / forensic psychology advice, consultation, and training to LSU staff, to other CAMHS staff to assist them with providing psychologically based interventions.

About us

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire. Employing around 2,800 staff, and serving a population of over 766,000, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England, in an area heralded as a fantastic place to live and work. We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of 'outstanding' for well-led and 'good' overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We're really proud of this!

We are also leading the way in transforming care, with multi-million-pound transformation of patient environments and radical redesign of community services.

This is the time to join and help redesign our services of the future. We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions. We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The Child Clinical/Forensic Psychologist will provide clinical psychology assessments and interventions for young people resident within the LSU and will provide training and consultation to LSU staff as appropriate.
  • The Child Clinical/Forensic Psychologist will work autonomously, within the Heath Trusts and the HCPCs and the BPSs professional guidelines, as well as liaise and work closely with other CAMHS and Child Psychology staff, other LSU staff and other staff who work internal and external to the Trust and who provide services to children, young people and their carers and families.
  • The Child Clinical/Forensic Psychologist will lead on offering trauma informed approaches to care and multi-factorial formulation within the CAMHS LSU care package and will assist with the provision of a comprehensive rolling programme of evidence-based psychological therapies and mental health promotion, taking into account the needs for individual support to ensure inclusion and engagement with assessment and therapy.
  • Psychological health and wellbeing will be promoted through education and specialist Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service provision, including psychological interventions for sexually harmful behaviours.
  • The Child Clinical/Forensic Psychologist will work with LSU staff to support them in working consistently with the young people and enabling staff to consider the dynamics of a young persons relationships in order to reduce escalating behaviours.

Person Specification



  • Good honours degree in Psychology
  • HCPC accredited professional psychology qualification ie clinical psychology and/or forensic psychology
  • Registered with HCPC


  • Other related academic qualifications
  • Additional training related to assessing risk eg SAVRY J-SOAP II ERASOR
  • Additional training re: working therapeutically with young offenders and their families and carers
  • Additional training related to assessment of young people presenting with sexually concerning behaviours - AIMS2 AIMS under12's
  • Supervision training for doctorate level clinical psychology trainees and/or for masters level forensic psychology trainees
  • Additional training in child neurodevelopment including assessment of autistic spectrum disorders contributing to ADHD assessments
  • Training in being an Expert Witness in court proceedings
  • Registered with BPS
  • Member of Division of Clinical Psychology / Forensic Psychology
  • Eligible for chartered status as a clinical and / or forensic psychologist



  • Experience of working with children and families where there are psychological concerns
  • Experience of working with children and young people and families where there are mental health concerns
  • Experience of working with young people aged from 10 years to school leaving age
  • Experience of working with young people who have experienced abuse - physical, sexual, emotional
  • Experience of working with children and young people with a range of disabilities and special needs from mild to extensive difficulties including learning difficulties physical difficulties
  • Experience of providing psychology assessments of children and young people, including risk assessments, taking into account the context of their living situations which may include - living with biological parents with separated parents with other relatives with foster carers living in residential settings in-patient settings EBD schools - residential and non-residential.
  • Experience of using a range of specialist psychology assessment skills which includes:- oUse of standardised questionnaires. oUse of risk assessment tools ouse of psychometric assessments of intelligence, memory, social functioning executive functioning oUse of behavioural assessments. oUse of observational methods of assessment.
  • Assessment by interviewing
  • Assessment by analysis of archive material
  • Experience of developing and providing therapeutic interventions and intervention packages for children and young people presenting with offending behaviours for children and young people with mental health concerns.
  • Demonstrate specific expertise in the use of at least 2 of the following therapeutic models:- oDialectical Behaviour Therapy oCognitive-behaviour therapy oSchema therapy oSolution focused interventions oTherapies for post traumatic stress oSystemic therapy oAttachment therapy oCreative therapies
  • Experience of providing psychology advice to parents and carers and staff concerning the care and/or therapeutic provision for children and young people presenting with offending behaviours with mental health concerns
  • Knowledge of and experience of child protection and safeguarding issues and procedures
  • Experience of working within multi-disciplinary and multi-agency settings
  • Experience of providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Experience of providing teaching and training to other psychologists and other unqualified and qualified people


  • Experience of working with children, young people and families where there are concerns about sexually harmful behaviours
  • Experience in carrying out attachment work with young people and their carers
  • Experience of offering post trauma interventions eg EMDR trauma focused CBT
  • Experience of completing neuro developmental assessments including autism assessments contributing to ADHD assessments
  • Experience in writing reports for Court and giving evidence as an Expert Witness
  • Experience of providing supervision to other psychologists / professionals who work with young offenders and their carers and families



  • Knowledge of relevant child protection, safeguarding, mental health legislation, youth justice legislation and its implications for clinical practice when working with young people, young offenders and their families/carers
  • Knowledge of professional Guidelines set out by:- HCPC, The BPS, The Health Trust. Capable of interpreting these guidelines and policies and taking action as appropriate to provide efficient and effective, evidence-based therapeutic assessments and interventions for children and young people and their carers and families detailed risk assessments

Employer details

Employer name

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Lincolnshire Secure Unit


NG34 7TY

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