We're thrilled that you're considering a career with Action for Children so here's what you need to know….

About Us

At Action for Children, we believe that every child should have a safe and happy childhood. Last year, we helped more than 600,000 children and families across the UK. We work to ensure their voices are heard, and campaign to bring lasting change to their lives.

About the Role:

Keeping families who are experiencing difficulties safely together is a vital part of our work. As a Functional Family Therapist you'll be working in our Functional Family Therapy Team covering East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and East and West Dunbartonshire. The Functional Family Therapy Team will provide weekly one-hour, home-based family therapy sessions to clients and will utilise the Functional Family Therapy model with families with teenagers at risk of care or custody between the ages of 8 and 18.

Therapists will be required to carry a caseload of around 10, providing services anywhere from 12 to 20 weeks but always in strict accordance with the programme manual issued by Functional Family Therapy Inc.in Seattle. This position requires flexibility in hours to meet families when they are available.

As a Functional Family Therapist, you'll be:

  • Meeting families where they are and working with them to achieve positive change.
  • Being flexible and innovative in your approach, some twilight working required.
  • Learning and adhering to the FFT model to ensure a consistently high-quality service is offered.
  • Developing strong relationships with other agencies to ensure families get the best chance of success.
  • Participating in weekly group supervision in a supportive environment.
  • Providing a responsive and flexible service for families and having autonomy over your diary to schedule this.
  • Being part of a team culture where staff are encouraged and supported to work within their hours and to use TOIL and leave to support wellbeing.
  • Genuinely working with families from a strength and respect based approach.
  • Receive training in Functional Family Therapy.

What You'll Bring:

Our job description for the Functional Family Therapist outlines the requirements of the role but the ‘must-haves' are:

  • A degree or relevant professional qualification in Family Therapy, Social Work, Counselling or equivalent qualification is required.
  • Appropriate registration where relevant.
  • A proven track record of working effectively and flexibly with families.
  • An ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Willingness and enthusiasm to learn. 
  • Delivery in line with a proven evidence-based model.

Working here is so much more than a job. Whether this is a career change for you or the next step in your journey, we'd love to hear from you.

We work together to reach our vision of safe and happy childhoods. A diverse workforce enriches the lives of the children and young people we work with and we welcome applications from everyone. We value and celebrate our differences and as an inclusive workplace we want everyone to be themselves.

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.

We can't wait to hear from you – stay safe and happy.

Application Process: There are 5 sections for you to complete, Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information, Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration. Top Tip... Refer to the job description when writing your Supporting Statement.

Talent Pool: We'd like to hold your details in case similar jobs come up but do let us know if you'd rather we didn't.

Contact: Lynsey.Munro@actionforchildren.org.uk  in our recruitment team who will be happy to support with your application.

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