The Role

Senior Clinical Practitioner – Systemic Psychotherapist / Clinical Psychologist / Equivalent Profession

Every child and young person deserves a good start in life. But for some children, these formative years aren’t going as well as we’d hope – and that’s where Children’s Social Care comes in. We’re there to try and get things back on track for children, young people and their parents and we have opportunities for suitably qualified mental health staff to be a key part of this crucial work.

We’re looking for a Senior Clinical Practitioner to support our Clinical Services Manager and focus on particular areas of practice development such as our work with the family courts and our training programme for social workers.  The posts are suitable for UK registered therapists and mental health professionals such as systemic therapists, clinical psychologists or those with equivalent qualifications.

You will be working within a systemic framework providing clinical expertise to assist social work staff to manage risk and improve outcomes for children, young people, and their families. You’ll provide clinical assessments and interventions to the most vulnerable children and their families and provide consultation and clinical expertise to social work  and YOS colleagues and other professionals. Analysing complex clinical data, you will monitor the effectiveness of the interventions being offered to each child, and the reports you produce will be used to assist with making the right decisions for children in care proceedings or in the criminal justice system.  Senior Clinical Practitioners will have opportunities to create change at a more senior level and across systems and provision of supervision to other clinical staff.

These roles have the scope to transform the lives of every child, adolescent, parent and carer you come into contact with. You will therefore need to have a solid grasp of a range of interventions and a proven record of working systemically to create change for children and families.  We are particularly keen to meet applicants with skills in working with adults as well as with children, and who have skills in psychometric assessments.

We can offer you quality clinical supervision, resources, training and support to do the job well. Our approach engenders a shared sense of accountability, reflective space and support.  Southwark as a borough is committed to actively anti-racist practice with children and families and creating an anti-racist working environment and we are particularly keen to attract applicants who will improve the extent to which our workforce represents the population we serve.

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at an enhanced level is required.

For further information and to arrange an informal discussion, please contact:

Dr. Jenny Taylor, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Clinical Practice – / 07935 517195





Recruitment Timetable

Closing date: 26 April 2021 at 11:59pm

Interview: week commencing 3rd May 2021 via video link