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Children, Education and Skills

Newcastle upon Tyne

MST Child Abuse and Neglect Therapist

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



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£32,878 - £36,876 per annum plus on-call allowance

2 x Permanent posts

1 x Fixed Term for 12 months

The Multi Systemic Therapy Child Abuse and Neglect (MST CAN) Team are looking for the ideal candidate to join our team as MST CAN Therapist. For further information regarding the post, please see the attached job description and person specification.

The post is for 37 hours per week, working Monday to Friday, although we will need you to work flexibly on a full-time basis and also take part in the 24 hour on call system on a rota basis, typically one week in four (this will attract an on call allowance).

MST CAN is a home-based intensive treatment for families with children and young people subject to a Child Protection Plan under the category of neglect or physical harm. It is an evidenced based treatment that has been developed to work with families with complex needs, in order to increase safety and keep children at home.

MST CAN works to address specific problems and risk factors that brought the family to the attention of Children’s Social Care. The major goals are to keep families together, assure that children are safe, prevent abuse and neglect and reduce mental health difficulties experienced by adults and children and increase natural support networks.

MST CAN adopts an intensive approach (numerous sessions per week) and works with families in their natural ecology (their home, school and wider community) rather than in a clinical setting. Appointments are made to meet the family’s needs and an MST CAN practitioner is available 24/7 to all families in treatment through an on call facility.

You will have a professional qualification in a relevant field and also have experience and knowledge of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy, and/or pragmatic behavioural interventions. Full training and continuous professional development in the MST CAN model will be provided. Therapists receive weekly group supervision from the MST CAN Manager and clinical consultation from MST Services.

Training will be provided virtually and this is expected to take place in July, dates will be confirmed after interviews have taken place.

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.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dominic Wilson, MST CAN Manager, on 0191 278 2788.

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Closing date:

4 June 2020

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