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Sibling Worker

Organisation
Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust
Post date
20 November 2019
Closing date
5 December 2019
Location
Walsall
Salary
£27,500 per annum
Hours
37.5 hours
Contact email
chris.mclachlan@acorns.org.uk

If you’re looking for a new role that’s as inspiring as it is challenging, you could be part of the diverse professional team at our Black Country Hospice.

What’s it like working here?
You’ll join a supportive, multi-disciplinary team delivering psychosocial and therapeutic based support to siblings of children cared for by Acorns. We tailor our care packages to meet each child’s medical, emotional and spiritual needs and there’s time here to focus on clients– this really appeals to some people.

What you can add…
Your role would be to undertake assessments of siblings’ needs to identify desired outcomes and plan and review support accordingly. You will provide pre and post bereavement support on an individual and group basis, taking a lead responsibility for co-ordinating and delivering residential weekends, closed and open therapeutic based groups and workshops according to the identified needs of the service.

Support will be provided to you by your Family Service Manager.

About you
You will be professionally qualified (including vocational qualifications) in an area such as Social Work, BACP qualified counsellor, Community Nursing, Play Specialist, Youth work or equivalent.

You will have experience of direct work with children, providing 1 to 1 therapeutic based support and co-ordinating and delivering therapeutic based group work with children and young people. You will also have experience of managing a caseload.

Experience of supporting families who are living with a life-limited or life threatening condition or have experienced loss or bereavement is desirable although not essential. You will work some unsocial hours and be able to travel independently.

In return
There’s so much scope at Acorns to learn specialist skills and we believe that personally, you’ll grow immeasurably. We pride ourselves on the development we offer our staff, and we support learning and development, including education, for all the Care team across all of our hospices.

We offer a competitive salary, 35 days’ holiday and pension contributions; if you move from the NHS, you can keep your current NHS pension.

About Acorns
You’ve probably heard of Acorns but you might not realise the extent of our work. In the last year, we’ve supported over 787 children and more than 1223 families, including those who are bereaved. We offer a network of specialist care for life-limited and life-threatened babies, children, young people and their families, across the heart of England, both in their own homes and in our three purpose-built hospices.

Find out more

For further information and details on how to apply, please visit our website www.acorns.org.uk.

You must be eligible to live and work in the UK to be considered for this role. Any successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check for children.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 18 November 2019.

Closing date for applications: Thursday 5 December 2019

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