Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust has an exciting opportunity for a Family Team Worker to join our Family Services Team. The successful candidate will be an advocate for the children we care for, ensuring high-quality, needs-led end-of-life care that’s tailored to them and their families. Championing the needs of children with life-limiting conditions and their families is challenging and intense work. This role isn’t for everyone, but, if you’re looking for an engaging new setting for the professional skills you’ve gained in the community, there is no better place than Acorns to work.
Established in 1988, we are a registered charity, based in the West Midlands. We care for babies, children and young people up to 18 years and support their families. Our teams provide care services for the life limited or life threatened children across our region who meet our referral criteria. A majority of the children and young people that we help are not expected to reach adulthood and require specialist care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
About the role
Based at our custom-built hospice in Birmingham, you’ll join our Family Services Team to provide ongoing psychosocial and pre and post bereavement support to families going through the grief and pain of losing a child.
You’ll provide holistic care and support to families in the home, hospice or other appropriate environments. This ranges from carrying out initial holistic needs assessments and providing a range of face-to-face therapeutic work including group work to co-ordinating additional support for parents, siblings and relatives as they face the grieving process.
The role is as wide-reaching as it is rewarding. You’ll liaise extensively with external providers and experts across Acorns, supporting families from diverse cultural and social settings across the Birmingham region. Some, you’ll get to know over several years. Others could be suddenly admitted for an all-too-brief stay with us. Irrespectively, meeting their needs will be professionally invaluable and personally unforgettable.
This is an ideal move for someone in family-centred social care or nursing in the community. You may have experience of working as a Social worker, Bereavement Counsellor, Psychologist, Nurse or Family Support Worker. Professionally registered with a degree (or equivalent experience), you’re keen to build on your experience of working holistically with vulnerable groups.
Alongside experience of managing caseloads in a complex multi-agency environment, you’ll bring up-to-date child protection knowledge, good assessment skills and the emotional resilience to support families going through loss and bereavement, although previous experience of psychosocial palliative care is not essential. We’re driven by children’s needs, so you should be happy to travel, flexible about hours and ready to join an on-call rota.
What we offer
- salary of £35,752 per annum (pro rata) plus allowances
- 27.5 hours per week
- 262.5 hours (35 days) holiday per annum (pro rata)
- employee discounts from leading retailers
- employee gym discount scheme
- bike-to-Work scheme
- generous contribution to group personal pension plan or continuation of current NHS pension scheme
- NHS pension scheme life assurance or Acorns group life assurance scheme
You need to be eligible to work in the UK to be considered for this role. Any successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check for children.