London, Greater London
£21,703 - £23,905 per year (pro rata)
Permanent, Part-time
Job description

We are looking for a passionate, creative, innovative, adaptable, motivated and committed Suicide Bereavement Workers, to provide excellent-quality, safe and person-centred support to people who have been bereaved by suicide in our exciting brand new Support After Suicide service that operates within 5 London Boroughs in North Central London.

We are recruiting a total of 2.5 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) workers.  We have spilt these roles to primarily cover specific Borough's, however we will expect all Suicide Bereavement Workers to work flexibly across the Borough's to meet demand and need.

The roles are spilt at follows:

  • Camden (0.5FTE / 19 hours a week)
  • Barnet (0.7FTE / 26.5 hours a week)
  • Enfield (0.4FTE / 15 hours per week)
  • Haringey (0.5FTE / 19 hours a week)
  • Islington (0.4FTE / 15 hours per week)

What the new service will provide

Our Support After Suicide Service, aims to support those bereaved by suicide to face the immediate, acute, disorientating and painful experience of the first weeks and months after a suicide.  The service aims to support those immediately affected by suicide e.g. families and friends but also to those who have been exposed to suicide e.g. neighbours, schools, colleges, social groups and healthcare professionals.

We provide support to people bereaved by suicide who live, work or study in the London Boroughs of Camden, Barnet, Haringey, Islington and Enfield. However we also provide support to people who live outside of the Boroughs but are affected by a suicide that occurred within the Boroughs. The service will co-locate with our Camden Advocacy Service based in Camden with Suicide Bereavement Workers being mobile workforce based at home and delivering support in the community. The service operates on weekdays, delivering flexibly up to 8pm meeting needs of those in work/education.

The service provides the following types of support


  • 121 psycho-social support via face to face, telephone, email or text support
  • Practical support, including support to dealing with the police, funeral arrangements or visiting the place of death as well as accessing legal advice or financial support , Advocacy and liaison support, such as offering to accompany clients at inquests, dealing with the media, advocating for clients by speaking to professionals or statutory agencies on their behalf
  • Provides verbal and written information
  • Proactive signposting and onwards referral
  • Follow ups at anniversary dates
  • Bereavement peer support groups
  • Remembrance and memorial events
  • Awareness raising and presentation sessions around the impact of suicide, support after a suicide and suicide prevention
  • Providing group support sessions after a suicide e.g. to school based staff

What we are looking for in a Suicide Bereavement Worker?

Essential Skills and Knowledge

  • Experience of working in a service which has delivered support to at least one of the following groups – Support for those affected by suicide, Support for Carers or Support for people affected by bereavement and loss
  • Experience of working in a service in a health or social care setting
  • Work proactively and collaboratively with others and be creative, adaptable, and bring a positive enthusiasm to you work
  • Able to work on your own initiative
  • High levels of resilience and the ability to self-monitor
  • The ability to cope with emotionally demanding and stressful situations
  • The ability to work flexibly and mobile service across the London boroughs that the service covers and provide support as required up to 8pm during the week
  • Experience of dealing with and reporting Incidents/Accidents/Near Misses and safeguarding reporting
  • The ability to assess, plan and monitor support to achieve & evidence recovery and service outcomes
  • Excellent time management skills with ability to plan and prioritise a complex workload
  • Demonstrate a significant knowledge and understanding of the needs of people with mental illness and be familiar with best practice developments
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate confidently with colleagues of all levels
  • The ability to engage with and place people using our services, at the heart of everything we do
  • The ability to uphold the Rethink Mental Illness’ values of Understanding, Expertise, Commitment, Hope, Passion and Openness
  • Hold an NVQ 3 / QCF Diploma in Health & Social Care or a related subject
  • Excellent IT skills – proficient in the use of Microsoft Office

Desirable Skills and Knowledge

  • Lived experience of bereavement by suicide
  • Experience of delivering training and awareness raising sessions
  • Experience of working with external academic evaluators to review a service
  • Experience of working with trauma or have had trauma informed training
  • Good knowledge of the NCL boroughs
  • Experience of providing advocacy
  • Completed suicide prevention/bereavement training e.g. ASIST, SafeTalk, PABBS etc
  • Experience of working with people who self harm
  • Knowledge of the theories of grief and have experience of supporting people with loss
  • Experience of supporting mental health carers

Just a couple of final things,

We welcome applications from everyone, applicants with lived experience, LGBTQ+, people with a disability, or who are BAME are actively encouraged to apply. We are proud to have also been awarded Disability Confident employer status and therefore we ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to everyone.

We reserve the right to change the closing date without notice depending on the number of responses received.

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Posted on: 16 March 2020
Closed date: 01 April 2020
Job ref: RETLG517221
Tags: Support Worker

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