Skip to main content

This job has expired

Senior Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist - Children in Care

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
12 Mar 2024
Child Family Health Devon (CFHD) has developed an innovative, integrated model of childrens community services and are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly and dedicated pathways. Come and join us in beautiful Devon!

You will join a strong, enthusiastic and supportive group of professionals who will be your peers, your phone a friend network and your inspiring colleagues. This gives a real sense of professional collaboration and support which will be an asset to your daily work and your development

In line with transformation, we are excited to be developing our Psychotherapy provision across the county.

We are looking for an experienced Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist to join us in a seniorrole (8a) full time in our Child in Care Team pathway, providing mental health provision to children and young people in care. Ideally this role would be based in South Devon / Torbay with the ability to travel to and work in Exeter one day per week.

Its an exciting time of change as we develop our pathways under iThrive and expand our therapeutic offer. We are passionate and committed to providing high quality services across Devon to improve outcomes for children and young people and are keen to find the right colleagues to join us.

We are able to consider a part time role if needed, please discuss this with us.

Main duties of the job

As a Senior Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist, you will be offering high-quality complex assessments and psychotherapy to children and young people in care, their families where appropriate, and their professional networks. You will bring advanced assessment, formulation, therapy and consultative skills to the pathway as well as applying your specialist knowledge to wider service development contributions.

There will be CPD opportunities to support your development and a commitment to supporting your career progression at this stage in relation to consolidating your supervisory role and leadership skills as well as further expanding your clinical knowledge and skills.

You will have regular clinical supervision and separate line management. You will be supported with a job plan with opportunities to use a breadth of skills including research and service development. There is a growing, friendly network of Child & Adolescent Psychotherapists working across CFHD with a new Principal CAPT also joining us, bringing increasing opportunities for shared CPD and professional support. We are committed to supporting the growth of the profession and the provision of Trainee placements.

We encourage interest from candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences, both personal and professional.

About us

Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD) comprises an Alliance of NHS organisations working together to improve health outcomes for children and young people in Devon.

CFHD provides integrated care and treatment for children and young people across physical and mental health which are provided by Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust and Devon Partnership Trust. We are working closely with other organisations and providers to ensure we deliver locality and county-wide based integrated access to all of our services, based on the i-Thrive Framework.

CFHD works closely with our local universities of Plymouth, Exeter & the Peninsula Medical School where we support students in clinical training placements and in addition support our own staff to undertake post graduate training.

Our integrated care and treatment has been developed and refined in partnership with children, young people and their families/carers.

Our children and young people say

We would like the people who work for Children and Family Health Devon to be understanding, patient and respectful. They should be trustworthy and make us feel safe and comfortable. It is important that they use their skills and experience to listen carefully in a non-patronising and non-judgemental way. When staff are positive and friendly, they help to create an environment that is informal and without pressure.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be a qualified and experienced Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist ready to move into a Senior role. You will have a passion for working with children, young people and families with complex needs. You will have the knowledge and skills to undertake complex assessments and deliver skilful psychotherapy interventions. You will have experience in supporting the development of others through supervision and training and be keen to further develop this. You will be a reflective practitioner with strengths to bring to a multi-disciplinary team and consultative work. You will be committed to service user participation and collaborative working with children, young people, parents, carers and families. You will have a good understanding of safeguarding across the lifespan and be able to assess and respond to clinical and safeguarding risks as needed. You will be motivated to further develop your leadership skills to contribute to quality improvement and service development within your pathway and the wider service.

Child in Care Team

(insert details)

The appointed Senior Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist will join a county-wide multi-disciplinary team of enthusiastic, motivated, and committed professionals from a wide variety of disciplines eager to include Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy in the mix. The team keeps the experience of the child or young person at the heart of all assessments, interventions, and consultations.

The Child in Care team is part of a Child and Family Health pathway focussing on the needs of children and young people who usually have high numbers of adverse childhood experiences and present in a complex way (Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences Pathway). Within this pathway we link with colleagues from Child in Care Nursing and the services for young people with Drug and Alcohol (ab)use and Youth Justice as well as the local Secure Childrens Home. Within wider CFHD we link with other pathways such as: locality CAMHS, Neurodiversity, Learning Disability, Communication and Interaction. Outside of CFHD our primary links are with the two local Social Services departments (Devon and Torbay) as well as schools, paediatricians, and GPs. An interest in, and experience of, multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working is therefore crucial to the role.

The Child in Care team currently provides initial mental health assessments for children and young people in to care and consultations to the systems around the child. Moving forward we shall also be providing direct therapeutic interventions for some children and young people in care. We have an emphasis on using evidence-based interventions where there is an evidence-base (and increasing the evidence-base where there isnt). We will be looking at when and how it is possible to provide therapeutic interventions (including psychotherapy) for children and young people even if the ideal settled context is not present.

Within the team you will contribute to case discussions, bring your specific knowledge and skills to formulation discussions, offer supervision and consultation, and of course offer child and adolescent psychotherapy to some children and young people in care. There will be an opportunity to develop specialist areas of interest such as working with babies and very young children unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people neurodiversity or anything else relevant to the needs of children and young people in care. There will also be opportunities to offer supervision in the pathway. You will be willing to provide clinical supervision to Trainee Psychotherapists as well as Band 7 colleagues (where there are posts) and colleagues from other disciplines and other parts of the pathway where appropriate.

As a Senior Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, you will require a high degree of professional autonomy and self-management. You will use your clinical leadership, audit and research skills to take a lead in areas of service development to support a culture of quality improvement. Within Child and Family Health Devon there is a thriving research community and recently we have taken part in national research projects about mindfulness parent-led interventions in anxiety and PTSD in Children in Care. You will contribute to team discussions and complex case consultations, bringing formulation skills as well as knowledge and experience to support the team processes, reflections, and formulation.

Ideally you will provide leadership in the South Devon and Torbay locality for the Child in Care Team with support from the Principal Clinical Psychologist (Clinical Lead) and Managers and a Senior Mental Health Practitioner (still to be appointed).

Person Specification



  • Doctorate Level ACP accredited training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
  • Full member of Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP).
  • Post qualification specialist therapy/assessment training relevant to children and young people
  • Post qualification training or proven equivalent experience in supervision.



  • Experience of working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers, including using goal-based care and routine outcome measures in practice.
  • Experience of working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team and across agencies
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of child mental health problems, across the whole age range, reflecting all levels of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal abuse Experience of undertaking specialist mental health assessment and therapeutic interventions for children and young people with highly complex mental health problems including risk assessments
  • Experience in providing effective clinical supervision, teaching, training and assessing in clinical practice.



  • An Enhanced DBS Check will be required for this role.
  • Ability to travel across Devon.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Lescaze Offices

Shinners Bridge



Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert