Clinical Lead, Fostering - South Essex - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £57,869 per annum
Closing date: 11 Dec 2022
Location: Basildon
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 9687
Role: Social Care
About the role

Clinical Lead, Fostering - South Essex

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £57,869 per annum

Location: Basildon

Working Style: Fixed-base worker

This role will cover South Essex.

Here in Essex, we continue to raise the bar about practice and our investment in our workforce is second to none. It’s an exciting time to join us. Not only have we been named Outstanding by Ofsted, we are delighted and at the same time humbled to have been crowned Social Work Employer of the Year for the second time in the last three years!


The Opportunity

Children and Families is recognised as a service in which social work can develop and prosper, with a culture of collaboration, integrity and compassion; promoting the development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families; protecting them from neglect and abuse. Working together with partners delivering a range of early help, family support and effective social work interventions which build resilience, remove barriers and enable children and young people to look forward to a brighter future.

The Fostering Service is accountable for providing stable, enduring, and supportive fostering placements for children who are unable to live with their birth families. The Clinical Lead will be responsible for being part of an area-based social work team, supporting children in their placements and leading the development of a trauma-informed, therapeutic approach to practice.

Providing specialist advice and training to professionals and families/carers the Clinical Lead will take an active contribution to the strategic and operational development of the trauma-informed, therapeutic approach to care.

The role will implement changes and continually evaluating the service to improve the area of work, while maintaining continual delivery of the highest possible levels of service quality.


Organisational Accountabilities

Roles at this level will be focused on delivering results in a specific functional area. They will hold expertise on the application of policy and improvement of service delivery. These roles have clear team budgets and targets set within the overall service requirements. The role is accountable for:

  • Operational planning and performance review, to maintain exceptional service delivery and ensure the political objectives and priorities of the council are met
  • Working collaboratively within and across functions and thinking commercially to support the delivery of best possible outcomes for our customers, on a financially sustainable basis
  • Maintaining and nurturing collaborative relationships with other teams in the function and external organisations that support the delivery of annual plans
  • Implementing changes and continually evaluating the service to improve the area of work, while maintaining continual delivery of the highest possible levels of service quality.
  • Managing complex issues and resources to meet the needs of customers and deliver the best possible outcomes
  • Effective utilisation of digital technologies and innovation across the function
  • Celebrating Equality and Diversity and ensuring it is considered as part of all decisions taken
  • Using professional expertise to translate goals and plans into ways of working that comply with relevant legislation and statutory requirements, manages a level of appropriate risk
  • Delivering exemplar customer interactions to individuals and communities which support strong relationships and a reputation for achieving outcomes and resolving issues


 Service Accountabilities

  • Work alongside an extended team of social workers and mental health coordinators, as well as local providers of mental health services, to enhance the emotional and psychological wellbeing of children and young people who have suffered trauma, developing nurturing collaborative relationships.
  • Active contribution to the strategic and operational development of the trauma-informed, therapeutic approach to care.
  • Provide specialist advice and training to professionals and families/carers, which develops approaches to maintain children in their placements, resolving issues and supporting positive outcome.
  • Provide group clinical consultations to teams involved with children looked after or support mental health coordinators to provide this service.
  • Highly specialist assessments of therapeutic and placement needs where required.
  • Provide clinical supervision to a number of mental health coordinators.
  • Working with considerable autonomy, within professional guidelines and the overall framework of Children and Families Services’ policies and procedures, as well as within the guidelines of their professional body.
  • Working collaboratively across services and to support the delivery of the best possible outcomes for our children, young people, carers, and Social Care colleagues.
  • Implementing changes and continually evaluating the service to improve the area of work, while maintaining continual delivery of the highest possible levels of service quality.
  • Using effective utilisation of digital technologies and innovation across the function.
  • Celebrating Equality and Diversity and ensuring it is considered as part of all decisions taken.



Budgetary responsibility (direct or indirect impact): None

People management (including direct reports): Clinical supervision responsibility for mental health coordinators.

Special Conditions : Receive regular clinical professional supervision from a more senior clinician and, where appropriate, from other senior professional colleagues.


The Experience You Will Bring

A qualified practitioner with significant experience of working within the field of children and young people mental health.

Clinical backgrounds and qualifications required;

  • Clinical or counselling psychologist; Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology
  • Systemic psychotherapist; MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapist; Degree Masters Doctorate
  • Mental Health Nurse with clinical therapy training; MH nurse RNMH (+ clinical therapy training) will require NMC pre-registration programme of study.

Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. PTSD, personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities, ADHD, Autism spectrum, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, etc.).

Interest in trauma/attachment/strength-based and solution-focussed approaches and a keenness to promote stable and secure placements for children either in foster care or returning to their family networks.

Evidence of continuing professional development and registration with the relevant governing body.

Previous experience and/or interest in adoption/fostering/trauma/attachment/social care, including evidence of psychological assessment and treatment of service users across the full range of care settings.

Experience of delivering consultations, training and/or supervision.

Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.

Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside of the Council and NHS.

Evidence of multi agencies/multi professional working.

The ability and drive to be proactive in developing effective working relationships with social care and other professional colleagues is essential to the success of this role.

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Why Essex?

Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

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