London, Greater London
£37,944 - £41,924 per year
Part-time, Temporary
Job description

As Lead Therapist and Deputy Clinical Manager, you will be responsible for the day-to-day delivery of Family Action's Off Centre 16 - 25 year old Transitions Service. We providing early access help for young people with moderate to severe mental health problems who would not be suitable for adult services. The services facilitates the transition to adult services where appropriate, improves the mental wellbeing of young people by providing timely or early interventions including individual, time limited and outcome focussed counselling / psychotherapy, accessible drop in provision, therapeutic group work and keywork support. Following a holistic assessment, the service provides a range of therapeutic interventions with a step in, step up and step down approach dependent on the complexity of the individual young adult’s issues. 


The Lead Therapist and Deputy Clinical Manager will facilitate the delivery of the service and deputise for the Service Manager as necessary. You will have significant experience of working with young people / young adults with complex mental health and psychosocial issues and providing outcome focussed interventions that support resilience and / or recovery. In addition you will have relevant line management and supervision experience to support both staff performance and service delivery. You will also support both the Service Manager and local Operational Manager in ensuring the service meets compliance / funder requirements and contribute to the strategic development of the service.


This is a maternity cover contract which will be terminated when the substantive post holder returns to work in order to enable us to give them work. This is currently expected to be in 12 months but this is subject to change.


Appointments are subject to Family Action receiving an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service that we consider acceptable.


Our Values: People focus, Mutual Respect, Excellence-in-all-we do and a Can-Do attitude.

If you can relate to these and have the necessary skills and attitude, we can offer you:

  • A competitive salary, leave entitlement and pension scheme
  • Career development opportunities
  • A full induction and on-going quality training
  • The opportunity to become part of Family Action initiatives
  • Flexible working hours
  • Managed workloads with regular supportive and reflective supervision

Person Specification

Education, qualifications and background

1. Educated to level seven or above, with a recognised professional Art Therapy qualification (i.e. Masters level).  In addition, be registered and eligible for accreditation with relevant professional body (HCPC and / or BAAT) and evidence of a commitment to continuous learning and professional development. 

2. Ideally minimum 5 years’ post qualification experience as an art psychotherapist and evidence of experience of working with children, young people and young adults with complex mental health and psychosocial issues and providing outcome focussed interventions that support resilience and / or recovery.

Abilities and skills

3. Ability to empathise with needs of young people from a range of communities and backgrounds and a working knowledge of the social issues that affect young people and impact upon their mental health and well-being.  Proven experience of delivering a range of therapeutic interventions that result in positive outcomes for young people.

4. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.

5. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of risk management, health and safety issues and pan-London Child Protection procedures and Working Together to Safeguard Children, as well as ability to work in accordance with local and organisational Child Protection and Safeguarding policies and procedures (for both children and adults)  and keep up to date as required.

6. Experience of planning, prioritising own, and others’ workload, managing multiple and competing priorities whilst meeting strict deadlines.

7. Experience of leading and motivating staff to improve their knowledge and skills continuously as well as the service that they provide. Experience of providing reflective casework supervision and line management to volunteers or staff.

8. Proven experience of developing and maintaining successful relationships with a variety of stakeholders of different professional backgrounds.

9. Proven experience in collecting and analysing data that informs the service as well as local stakeholders and funders of performance, trends, gaps in provision, risks, barriers as well as successes and produce monitoring and evaluation reports in accordance with funding specification.

10. Able to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service, including working until 8pm on Thursday evenings.

To download an application form and the documents to apply, please visit our current vacancies page. 


Closing date: 12th October 2020 at 10am

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

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Posted on: 29 September 2020
Closed date: 12 October 2020
Tags: Management, Social Work