JOB VACANCY: SeeSaw – Children and Families Practitioner (p/t)

Role summary: Due to the forthcoming retirement of a member of the clinical team we have an exciting opportunity to join a small, committed and experienced team which supports children, young people and families before and after the death of a parent or sibling. SeeSaw is a local well respected registered charity which has been providing a service for Oxfordshire families since 2000.

We are looking for candidates with experience of working with children and young people. You will have a special remit for supporting children and families when a parent or carer or sibling is terminally ill. We are particularly keen to hear from people who have worked in palliative care, hospitals or other medical settings; the most important quality is the ability to communicate effectively and to make and sustain supportive relationships with families.

Our practitioners liaise with professionals from palliative care, schools, social care and children and young people’s mental health services. You will work with other members of the team to provide group work and family activity days. You will also have a caseload of individual children and their families. You will be able to work collaboratively and on your own initiative, have a qualification in health care, social work, counselling, psychological services or education, knowledge of therapeutic interventions in grief work, and skills in communicating with and training professionals.

Application pack is available by contacting the Office Manager on 01865 744768 or by email at

Job location (usual place of work): SeeSaw, Bush House, 2 Merewood Avenue, Oxford OX3 8EF

Pay rate: £32,009 fte Part time 30 hours

Pay is pro rata?: Yes

Job title: Children and Families Practitioner

Applications close on date: Friday 31st January 2020 (12pm)

Hours are: Part time

Contract is: Permanent

Job description:

Job title: Children and Families Practitioner

Job summary
• To support the psychological and emotional needs of children when a parent or sibling is terminally ill
• To support bereaved children
• To undertake family assessments
• To support professionals contacting SeeSaw for help with bereaved children
• To contribute to the training and education provided by SeeSaw

Responsible to The Director

Accountable to The Board of Trustees

Duties and responsibilities specific to the post:

Clinical practice
• To support bereaved children, young people on an individual, group or family basis as an integral part of the SeeSaw team
• To manage a caseload of complex family situations arising during the terminal illness of a parent or sibling.
• To provide direct support to a caseload of children and their families after bereavement.
• To participate in organising SeeSaw’s family events
• To liaise with other professionals working with families such as GPs, health visitors, teachers, social workers and community palliative care professionals.
• To understand the, cultural and religious influences on the experience and expression of grief and how this may impact clinical practice.
• To keep records and case notes in accordance with SeeSaw’s code of practice.

Education and training
• To contribute to SeeSaw’s education and training programme for professionals and others who may be involved in providing support to families before and after bereavement.
• To contribute to the development of SeeSaw’s in-house training materials.
• To participate in the training of SeeSaw volunteer support workers.

Research and evaluation
• To maintain regular records and monitor all aspects of the work: service provision, training and consultancy using SeeSaw’s database. This will contribute to service evaluation, provide annual statistics and illustrate the demand and need for the post.
• To contribute to SeeSaw’s evaluation of clinical work.

Networking and liaison
• To develop and maintain relationships with key colleagues working with families in statutory and non-statutory services within Oxfordshire.
• To provide advice to professionals in contact with children before and after a death.
• To develop relationships with those providing a similar service in other children’s bereavement services.

Continuing professional development
• To participate in supervision and the personal appraisal process.
• To maintain and develop own specialist knowledge and skills base and to keep up to date with relevant developments in research and clinical practice.

General duties and responsibilities
• To work collaboratively with the SeeSaw team to provide SeeSaw’s services to children and families.
• To work flexibly in response to the needs of the service.
• To work within SeeSaw’s and statutory policies.
• To raise awareness of the work of SeeSaw across Oxfordshire.
• To support SeeSaw’s fundraising activities
• To undertake any other reasonable tasks related to the aims of SeeSaw and to contribute positively to the overall work of SeeSaw, in negotiation with the Director and Trustees

Advert Children and families post January 2020

Application Form Children and Families Practitioner January 2020

Children and Families Practitioner January 2020

To apply, please contact: Completed application form, CV and a covering letter saying why you are applying for the role to