Newcastle upon Tyne

MST CAN Team Manager

Please note that in all cases written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers BEFORE the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise



Full time

£42,821 - £46,845 per annum

1 year fixed term contract to cover maternity leave.

Do you have a passion for supporting children and families to achieve their potential? Can you play a key role in managing the MST CAN Team, leading a team of MST CAN Therapists completing intensive work with families?

If so, this opportunity could be for you. We are looking to recruit a Multisystemic Therapy Child Abuse and Neglect Team Manager (MST CAN). MST CAN are a specialist service that is an important part of Newcastle’s Edge of Care Services, the team is well established and works alongside another MST team.

MST CAN is a community based model family intervention directed at families with children experiencing physical abuse and neglect. The approach is targeted at those families where there is a recent abuse episode and children are at risk of becoming Children in Care.

MST CAN requires the team to work intensively with families as well as the other systems around the family. Caseloads are limited to 4 families for each team member. You must be able to participate as part of a 24-hour per day, 7 days per week on-call supervisor rota. The role is full-time, 37 hours a week, and the model is delivered flexibly to meet the needs of families.

You will be expected to attend and successfully complete an MST 5 Day residential orientation training course and two 4 day MST CAN specific training programmes (unless already trained in MST).

This is an exciting time to work in children’s services in Newcastle. Through our innovative work as part of the DFE’s Strengthening Families Protecting Children programme (read more about our work with the DfE and Leeds City Council) we are implementing the Family Valued approach across our service and city to transform how we work with children, families and partners. Family Valued is a relational and restorative approach to services, focusing on strength and values. MST CAN will play an important role in these changes through the intensive work they complete with families with some of the most complex issues.

We are looking for a highly focused and experienced individual with strong professional credibility and extensive specialist experience in family-based behavioural and systemic interventions with families where physical abuse and or neglect issues are present. You will have significant experience of providing supervision and line management to practitioners offering such approaches and will be available on call as part of a rota to support the MST CAN Therapists. You will be qualified in social work or an equivalent, relevant profession with significant, successful managerial and service development experience.

In return you will be supported to develop and progress your career within Newcastle City Council.

In addition, you will receive:

• A dedicated 5-day induction

• Generous annual leave in addition to Bank Holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually

• A range of flexible working options

• A generous Flexi Scheme

• Access to wellbeing initiatives

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Andrew Burden, Service Manager, Long Term Social Work on 01912115845. You can hear more about how we work at Newcastle at

We are committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment. This post is working in regulated activity. If you are successful we will undertake additional recruitment checks which will include a check to see if you have had any criminal convictions, a check of police information and we will check the barred list(s). It is a criminal offence for a barred individual to apply for a job in regulated activity.

As this post involves working with children, vulnerable adults or dealing with sensitive information, written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers before the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise.

Do you think you have what it takes to join our team and contribute to improving outcomes for children? Apply today.

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Fixed Term

Closing date:

20 May 2021

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