Below are opportunities and vacancies that our members are currently advertising.
Candle Child Bereavement Service - Child Bereavement Worker
This is a fantastic opportunity to work at a leading Hospice who aspires to a world in which all dying people and those close to them have access to care and support, whenever and wherever they need it. St Christopher’s Hospice was founded in 1967 by Dame Cicely Saunders and formed part of the modern hospice movement. Proudly celebrating over 50 years and with a turnover of over £20 million, we provide invaluable care and support to over 7,500 people across the five London Boroughs of Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.
We have a truly rewarding position that has arisen for an experienced Children’s Counsellor to join our warm and dedicated team. The Candle Child Bereavement Service provides one-to-one and group counselling for children and young people experiencing loss through death. The team also provide specialist training, advice and consultancy services to schools and other organisation’s working with children facing bereavement, and offer an advice service to parents and carers.
As a Candle Child Bereavement Worker, you will play an integral part in the team providing time limited one to one bereavement counselling to children, young people and families referred to the Service by parents, carers and professionals. You will participate in, and when required lead group counselling, and assess the bereavement needs of children within the family context, to suggest or make referrals on to other agencies as appropriate. You will need to maintain professional boundaries as well as be able to respond with empathy and understanding to families who are managing the death of someone close to them.
To succeed in this role
- You will hold a Level 4 qualification and registration in counselling, and possess significant post qualification experience of working therapeutically with children and young people in a context that includes families.
- It is important that you have experience of working in a health care, social care or school setting.
- You will have experience of working with bereaved children and their families, showing curiosity, warmth and sensitivity at all times.
- You will have the ability to communicate and liaise effectively with parents/carers and professionals concerning bereaved children, both verbally and in writing.
- It is important that you demonstrate a flexible working style to accommodate individual differences in children according to age, culture, family context and nature of death.
- You will be team-oriented, while having the ability to work well on your own initiative.
We welcome applications from everyone regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, faith and religion, disability and age, although we are underrepresented across the organisation with Black, Asian, and minority ethnic and LGBT employees, and thus we encourage applications from these groups.
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Isobel Bremmer - Candle Child Bereavement Service Lead, on 0208 768 4533 or I.Bremner@stchristophers.org.uk.
For more information, please visit the St Christoher's Hopsice website.
Department: Candle Child Bereavement Service
Hours: 22.5 hours plus out of hours group work
Salary: £36,354 - £40,760 per annum FTE
Closing Date: 5th July 2021 at Midnight
Interview Date: 15th & 16th July 2021
In the event we receive a high amount of applications, we reserve the right to close the job earlier than the initial closing date.
Living On Bereavement Service - Family Support Worker
We are looking to appoint a Family Support Worker, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, who has a professional qualification in Health, Social Care or Education and has experience in working with Children and Young People. It would be desirable that the applicant has experience of working with bereavement.
You will need to be comfortable working independently as well as within a team. The ability to work on your own initiative without supervision is essential. Dealing with matters of a sensitive and confidential nature, this role demands strict confidentiality both internally and externally at all times.
We require someone with an approachable manner who is able to think on their feet and deal with enquiries that come in on a day to day basis.
You will be responsible for managing a caseload, keeping notes, liaising with other professionals, services and schools as well as involved in supporting training workshops for other professionals.
Excellent use of English language (both written and verbal) alongside patience, resilience and good listening skills.
Key Tasks and Responsibilities:
To work with the Lead Family Support Worker and Clinical team to support and provide a bereavement psychosocial support service for children, young people and families when someone they love has died
To collaborate with relevant Health and Social Care and other professionals to provide guidelines/protocols and pathways. To provide a psycho-social and flexible needs-led support service for bereaved children and families.
To include assessment of needs and provision of relevant support, information and advice. This will include some evening and weekend work.
To be involved with the planning and running of family events.
To liaise with GPs, primary care teams, schools, Children’s Services and other partners to provide a cohesive package of care for these families.
To receive referrals and assess the needs of children and their families, working flexibly, collaboratively and in way that recognises their strengths and maximises these.
To offer individual and family sessions matching the form of intervention to the identified need. To see children, young people and parents individually and in small groups to provide emotional support in helping them build resilience, self-esteem, coping mechanisms and in being able to express and communicate their feelings.
To prepare families for the dramatherapeutic grief groups for children and families and contribute to the running of these groups.
To develop and facilitate self help groups for parents and young people.
To work alongside and support the volunteer ‘buddies’ on the project.
To raise awareness of the service, establishing and developing key networks, and relationships with local schools, services and professionals.
To undertake supervision on a regular basis provided by Living On
To facilitate training sessions in Childhood Bereavement and in grief and loss to schools, services and professionals.
To record and keep clinical notes of all contact and sessions with families, children and young people, following Data Protection and GDPR regulations and guidelines.
To work within the policies of Living On and safeguarding regulations. Children’s Act (1989, 2004), Children and Social Work Act 2017 and Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2018
To have a fully enhanced DBS
A commitment to further Childhood Bereavement training if this has not already been gained.
To Evaluate and audit your work within the clinical service
• Experience of working with Children and Young People
• Experience and knowledge of working with Bereaved children, YP and families
• Knowledge/qualifications in bereavement and working with loss and change
• Experience of working within a charity or children’s service
• Experience of working with children and young people one to one.
• Exceptional Listening skills
• Exceptional written and oral communication
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Sensitivity and being able to talk about death and dying
• Team player
• A therapeutic or counselling qualification would be desirable
Location: Chelsfield Village
Reports to The Board of Trustees
Hours: 18 hours per week
Pay: £29,250 per rata
Closing date 30 July 2021
If you are interested in finding out more about this role and applying for the position please email your CV and contact details to: firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out a bit more about us please visit our website www.livingon.org.uk