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Job Description

Job Title:Systemic Family Therapist
Service:Fostering Service
Agency:Lika Family Fostering
Reporting to:Registered Manager
Supervisory responsibilities:None
Contract type:Subcontractor 
Salary Range:£50/hr


  • Lika is a new and growing foster agency based in Croydon, South London.
  • Lika recruits foster carers for children in local authority care, and supports foster carers to develop their skills and knowledge to care appropriately for these children.
  • The aim is to recruit carers from the community which these vulnerable children have lived in, to bring back a sense of family and cohesion to their journey through foster care.
  • Lika matches children and young people to these carers once approved. It is out aim to create the best placement for these young people, to create safe and loving homes to help young people recover from trauma and to form new relationships.

Purpose of the role:

  • This post has been developed both to ensure that foster carers, who are caring for children with the highest complexities, have a wrap around therapeutic package, and to support early intervention and preventative work to prevent breakdown.
  • The post holder will work within a systemic framework in a small fostering agency, leading on the delivery of a therapeutic service to children, young people, and foster families.
  • The post holder will have relevant training and experience, and the ability to deliver a service to a diverse community.
  • The post holder will take a non-pathological, creative and flexible approach, working with foster families in their homes and other community settings as required. In addition to providing direct therapeutic interventions, the post holder will offer consultation to fostering social work colleagues, local authority social workers, health and education professionals and others.
  • The post holder will lead on identifying training needs and be part of the development and delivery of training programmes.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

    • To provide therapeutic consultation and support as it relates to the Looked After Children referred to the service. To contribute to the assessment of risk and the formulation of the therapeutic (Level 4) packages created at point of referral into Lika.
    • To follow the therapeutic (Level 4) package requests and requirement’s, as set our by the Lika Management, to foster carers and looked after children, through the provision of direct work and assessments of therapeutic need, and through providing consultation and advice to colleagues providing a service to foster families.
    • To use Systemic Family therapy, Attachment and Social Learning Theory principles in interventions and in group supervisions.
    • To help prevent placement breakdown by providing therapeutic input through the provision of evidenced based early interventions.
    • To lead in all group supervisions, helping carers to be explicit around their dilemma’s and the groups creation of new ideas and actions to be completed.
    • To be fully conversant with all relevant legislation, policies and guidance in relation to all areas of activity within Fostering Services, Children and Young People’s Services, both local and national.
    • To identify training needs within the service and the department and to contribute to the development and delivery of training programmes in response to this need.
    • To have regard for the particular needs of children from black and minority ethnic groups and unaccompanied asylum seeking children, ensuring that the work processes and the overall ethos of the therapeutic service is, reflective of their requirements and needs.
    • To ensure high standards of record keeping.
    • To respond to child protection concerns that arise in the course of interventions, in line with child protection procedures and guidance.
    • To develop non-pathological and creative ways of working to meet the emotional and mental health needs of all Looked After Children.
    • To deliver a flexible service in order to meet the needs of the service users by working in the home, school and community settings as well as at the service address.
    • To produce comprehensive, analytic reports for a range of arenas, including court, and to present reports in court, including acting as an expert witness for the Department where required

To engender a culture of safe working practice to ensure Lika Family Fostering’s compliance to its health and safety responsibilities, you are required to ensure that your own actions ensure your own safety and does not put other people at risk by reason of your own acts or omissions (Section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work Act).

Person Specification:

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the following qualifications, skills and experience:

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Professional qualification in a therapeutic discipline (preferably systemic family therapy).
  • BACP, UKCP or equivalent membership with therapeutic registered body.
  • Significant relevant experience of working with vulnerable groups and individuals, including experience of working within diverse ethnic communities.
  • Understanding of a range of therapeutic interventions to children, young people and families, within a systemic framework.
  • Knowledge of the factors affecting the emotional well being of children in need and looked after children, including issues of attachment, separation and loss, and ability to respond to these.
  • Knowledge and understanding of, and ability to respond to, the needs of children and families from a diverse range of communities, in an inner city environment.
  • Ability/experience in providing consultation to those involved in the child/young persons system of concern, including the skill and experience to provide advice to a range of professionals

Attitudes and Abilities:

  • A value and belief that foster children should have the best possible care from the state
  • A value that it is never too late to create change and difference in anyone, especially a child
  • A drive to create and maintain an outstanding service, for all foster families and for all children in care
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as own initiative with consistent self motivation
  • A high level of applied literacy and numeracy
  • An ability to maintain judgment when working under pressure
  • Proven ability to plan and prioritise workloads
  • Ability to communicate clearly and appropriately at all levels both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work in a non-pathological manner, to identify and promote the strengths, resources and abilities of clients.
  • Skilled in undertaking assessments of therapeutic need and contributing these assessments to childcare planning in a multi-disciplinary context.
  • Skills in group work, including parenting programmes and other techniques such as social learning theory and brief therapy.


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