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Essex County Council
Employer type
Public (Non NHS)
Chelmsford or Colchester
£46,000 to £57,000
14/12/2018 08:00
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Clinical Psychologist - Fostering Team

Job summary and Responsibilities

Please note there are two positions available, one in Chelmsford and one in Colchester.

 Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.

The Role

Essex Children and Families is recognised as a service, 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.

You will be based in a fostering team and will work, together with partners, to deliver a range of early help, family support and effective interventions which build resilience, remove barriers and enable children and young people in care to look forward to a brighter future.

You will provide highly specialist psychological assessment and therapeutic input through group work, specialist advice, training and consultation to professionals and carers. You will work with considerable autonomy, within professional guidelines and within the overall framework of children and families services’ policies and procedures. You will provide clinical overview and input through high quality specialist consultation and clinical supervision in respect of children and adolescents, carers and social workers.

  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework
  • The role will be fully supervised and supported by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist
  • You will work alongside a team of social workers and mental health coordinators
  • You will provide clinical supervision to up to three mental health coordinators

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Educated to Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specific models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, including knowledge and experience in working with attachment and trauma
  • The candidate would have had some experience and/or interest in adoption/fostering/trauma/attachment/social care cases including evidence of psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, with particular emphasis on fostering
  • Experience of delivering teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside of the Local Authority and NHS
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Evidence of continuing professional development, as recommended by the HCPC
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. attachment disorders, personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities, ADHD, Autism spectrum, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, etc).

Qualification certificates should be brought to interview.

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) your role will require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit:

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. 

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.
If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Essex Recruitment Team on 033 005 83330*
*Calls to this number are charged in the same way as calls to numbers starting 01 or 02, please check with your service provider.


Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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