Children in Care Mental Health link worker

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Sleaford Area Office (negotiable)
£32,306 to £39,027 pa
Closing date
3 Jul 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are excited to advertise two newly created roles within Lincolnshire’s Children and Young People’s Complex Needs Service (CYP CNS).

The two successful recruits will work together and with other members of the CYP CNS and with staff from Lincolnshire’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, (CAMHS), to provide dedicated time to each of the six Local Authority run Childrens Homes within Lincolnshire, one of which is specifically for CYP with moderate to severe Learning Disability; and two of which will be opening during this coming year.
The CiC MH link workers will also make links with CYP placed in childrens homes outside of Lincolnshire.

The postholders will provide mental health consultation and support and training to Childrens Home staff and their managers. They will work with CYP CNS staff and CAMHS staff to provide trauma-informed training and support to all staff and managers working within Lincolnshire’s Childrens Homes, so that a consistent approach to understanding children’s presenting behaviours and emotions can be embedded within each home.

The CiC MH link workers will provide direct assessment and intervention as appropriate and will work to ensure that the needs of each child within a home are considered when working out a whole system approach to best support and meet the needs of the CYP in each of the homes.
It is anticipated that some of this “whole system” approach will include enabling carers, staff and managers to think together about the whole process of a child coming into a Childrens Home to then coming out again and being supported where possible to either return to live within a family based home environment or an appropriate supported living environment, dependent on their age.

Therefore the successful applicants will need to show evidence of having worked with care experienced children and young people ie children who are in foster care; are in residential care homes; attend residential school provision and they will also ideally have experience of working within or working closely with a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

The posts are based with the Lincolnshire CYP Complex Needs Service which is a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency service which currently comprises clinical psychology, forensic psychology, assistant psychology; Specialist Therapists – Harmful Behaviours; speech and language therapy; CAMHS assistant practitioners (YOS); CAMHS practitioner – Leaving Care; Positive Futures workers.

The CYP Complex Needs Service already has an established consultation and training role within Lincolnshire County Council’s (LCC) Future4Me Service and LCC’s Childrens Services and the addition of these two posts will enable there to be dedicated consultation and training time for all six of LCC’s Childrens Homes. The expectation is that, once good working relationships have been established with each of the Childrens Homes and a consistent therapeutic approach achieved throughout the homes, then the role can expand out to include support, training and consultation to foster carers and birth families and kinship families who are keen to support their child back into a family based / supported living environment.

As well as extensive experience of working with children and young people with a range of needs, (including mild to profound Learning Disability), the successful applicants will need experience of working with different agencies, services and professionals. They will need excellent communication skills to ensure strong links are developed with Childrens Home staff and managers; with carers involved with the CYP; with services providing input and support to these CYP.

LPFT’s CYP CNS actively encourages CPD and supervision for all staff and there will be training that the successful applicants will be able to access, and clinical and line management supervision will be provided.

For informal queries please contact
Rachel Smith, Team Coordinator, CYP Complex Needs Service

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