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Therapeutic Social Worker - Essex Region

Job Reference: J187-A-21-8391

Cambian Group
Complex Care
Up to £38,890 DOE

Mental Health Practitioner – Essex region

Salary: Up to Band 7 (Depending on experience & Qualifications)

Permanent: Part time 3 days per week

Location: Covering across a number of Specialist Residential Children`s homes (Complex Care) in Colchester, Takeley, Great Dunmow and Dunmow

Cambian Group, the UK’s largest provider of specialist services in children’s residential care, education, mental health rehabilitation and learning disabilities, is looking for a dedicated individual to join the company as a Mental Health Practitioner. The post will require someone with previous experience of working in CAMHS settings, specifically within Looked After Children’s services.


We offer excellent training and career progression opportunities as well as a variety of staff benefits.


Job Role


You will be providing a clinical service to young people placed within community residential setting by assessing and identifying their needs and meeting them through using a consultation model. The consultation sessions offer the team around the young person the opportunity to review the young person’s emotional wellbeing and/or behavioural presentation, discuss concerns and therapeutic approaches that will be delivered through the care team. You will be supporting with issues such as challenging behaviours, aggressive outbursts, self-harm, low mood & suicidal ideation, PTSD, ADHD, anxiety, attachment issues, relationships between the young people in the home, protective behaviours etc.

The aim is to work collaboratively with the management and staff of the residential homes in developing and sharing a vision of the therapeutic work which enhances a young person’s life opportunities and choices and helps them maximise their strengths. The Mental Health Practitioner will play a key role in the continuous assessment of young people’s mental health and in supporting staff through the delivery of appropriate training and workshops that upskills staff working with the young people to be able to better meet their emotional needs. The Mental Health Practitioner is also available to de brief staff that are experiencing difficulties with processing traumatic events.


Dependant on your experience you may be required to supervise other Mental Health Practitioners, Clinical Psychology Trainees, Healthcare Students, and Assistants.


Candidate Profile


We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated,forward thinkingMental Health Practitioner to join our friendly team.



  • Registered with the relevant professional organisation (HCPC, NMC, SWE)
  • Be a strong team player, with excellent communication skills
  • Have excellent communication, organisational and time management skills


  • Previous experience in working with Looked After Children (LAC) is advantageous
  • CAMHS experience

Successful candidates will have to meet the person specification in order to be offered this post. All candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and reference checks.

Cambian is an equal opportunities employer.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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