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Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

Child and Family Social Worker in CAMHS

Job Type



South West



£28,313 - £34,094

Posted Date

4 July 2024


Closing Date

22 July 2024

Are you a registered Social Worker who thrives on working with children and families? Would you like to become part of a new workforce initiative to support families with social and emotional needs in our Child and Family Mental Health Service?

If yes, we would like to invite you to join us in an exciting opportunity to work in the engagement and stabilisation pathway across our community and acute care teams!

You will be a key member of the multi-disciplinary team working directly with children and families who have a high level of social care needs alongside (and often underpinning) mental health difficulties. You will work to forge and develop collaborative working relationships with partner agencies to promote high standards of clinical practice when working with all young people and their families/carers. You will offer advice and guidance on risk and safeguarding to the team, completing assessments of risk and referring to the social care teams where needed.

Main duties of the job

You will hold a clinical caseload where you will co-ordinate care planning, and take part in the duty rota where a more immediate response from families or referrers is needed. Experience of supporting families experiencing acute distress would be highly beneficial. Excellent communication skills will also be a core required skill.

If you would like to develop your skills in working with young people and families who experience chronic and enduring mental health needs, as well as working with neurodivergent children and families, this is an ideal opportunity to transfer your current skills and learn new ones. We'll make sure that you gain the right expertise and through our Clinical Competency Framework, we'll guide you and support you in your new role, consider appropriate further training needs and offer excellent clinical supervision and line management support.

To work as a Child & Family Social Worker in CAMHS

To work as a core member of the engagement and stabilisation pathway to help families with a high level of social needs and associated emotional distress and difficulty.

To be a specialist resource for the team on safeguarding risks e.g. exploitation, family discord and parent/carer distress.

To liaise with relevant agencies in the delivery of care to young people and their families

To work with colleagues within Child and Family Mental Health Services to ensure delivery of comprehensive packages of care for families with social system needs.

Working for our organisation

At Dorset HealthCare we’re on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We’re a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here – it’s one of the reasons the CQC rated us ‘outstanding’ in 2019. It’s also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you’re looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We’re an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you’ll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don’t know. And you’ll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Prince’s Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

Applications from candidates that require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are unfortunately ineligible to apply for this position.

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