Clinical Lead – KidsTime Southwark Project

Our vision is for a world with good mental health for all.

Our mission is to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health.

Prevention is at the heart of what we do, because the best way to deal with a crisis is to prevent it from happening in the first place. We inform and influence the development of evidence-based mental health policy at national and local government level. In tandem, we help people to access information about the steps they can take to reduce their mental health risks and increase their resilience.

The Mental Health Foundation has secured funding from the National Lottery Community Fund for an exciting new project to deliver workshops for families where at least one parent has a diagnosed mental health problem. 

We are looking for a qualified psychotherapist with experience working with families to lead the family workshops for KidsTime Southwark. The person needs to have excellent group facilitation skills, strong experience of working therapeutically with families, an understanding of monitoring and evaluation, and the ability to work in keeping with the Foundation’s core values. The post will be based at our London office, with travel to KidsTime sessions at children’s centres in Southwark.

If you would like to know more about the post, you can contact Jane Caro, Families Children & Young People – Programme Lead on 020 803 1126

Job description

Main purpose of the job

To lead the family workshops for the KidsTime Southwark Project which is supported by a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.

KidsTime Southwark will benefit approximately 324 members of families where at least one parent has a diagnosed mental health problem. We will deliver 9 innovative drama-based group programmes across the borough. Each group programme will consist of twelve, fortnightly after-school workshops lasting two and a half hours with up to 12 families able to join each group.

Without support, children of parents with a mental health problem have a higher risk of developing mental health problems themselves, as well as experiencing poorer educational outcomes, and lower social functioning compared to other children. KidsTime Southwark aims to mitigate the impact of this intergenerational transmission of adversity by achieving the following outcomes:

  • Improved knowledge of mental health for all participants and better-informed communication between children and parents
  • Improved wellbeing, including reduced levels of stress, for children with parents with a mental health problem
  • Improved parental wellbeing and confidence in parenting abilities
  • Improved family functioning and participation in community

The project team will receive training from the Partner, Our Time, to equip them with the skills and knowledge to set up and facilitate KidsTime Workshops for families where at least one parent has a diagnosed mental health problem. The project will also explore the implementation of a peer support element to the groups to enhance sustainability and sustain create a sense of community and empowerment among the participants. 

Principal tasks and responsibilities:

Operational

Work with the KidsTime Southwark Project Manager and Drama Facilitator to plan, deliver and monitor workshops to families where one or more parent has a diagnosed mental health problem.

  • Support the Project Manager in the recruitment of participants by helping to process referrals and keep in touch with the families throughout the course of the project.
  • Make decisions about which families to accept into a workshop in collaboration with the project team.
  • Meet the new families at home or on site to introduce them to the intervention (this may be done with the Project Manager or other relevant professional).
  • Plan and lead the delivery of the workshops for 9 groups over the course of the project with support from the Project Manager and Drama Facilitator.
  • Keep a record of key issues discussed in each group, any significant incidents that occur, and any positive or negative feedback from the group for discussion with the Programme Lead - Families Children & Young People.
  • To observe confidentiality in all matters relating to group participants consistent with organisational policies and legislation and report any safeguarding issues promptly and appropriately.
  • Work with families to agree the evaluation methodology through a co-production process.
  • Assist each individual familiy in completing the baseline and follow-up questionnaires for the workshops.  
  • Participate in Project Management group meetings
  • Participate and share information about the project with the steering group
  • Support the development of a self-sustaining licencing model for KidsTime Workshops.
  • Work with the Project Manager and Grants team to assist with the collation of project data for reporting to the National  Lottery Community Fund.
  • Support the project evaluation working closely with the Project Manager and Foundation’s Research Team.
  • To keep up to date with new evidence and information about the challenges faced by families affected by parental mental ill-health and to share this with group participants, as appropriate.

General

  • To promote and support the achievement of the Foundation’s mission, goals and values.
  • Act as a positive ambassador for the Foundation and the KidsTime Workshops in all opportunities.
  • Maintain a high standard of probity in professional, personnel and financial matters, maintaining good relations with colleagues and external partners and to act in accordance with the Foundation’s code of conduct, safeguarding policies, and other relevant organisational policies.
  • Uphold and promote the Foundation’s commitment to equality and diversity and the value of lived experience.
  • Work closely with the Foundation’s Safeguarding Lead and the nominated Safeguarding representative of the London Borough of Southwark to ensure the highest standard of safeguarding for all participants in the project.
  • Work alongside the Foundation’s Comms and Media Team where necessary.
  • Undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required.

Key relationships

  • Line management by the Project Manager and support by Our Time where applicable.
  • Clinical supervision provided by the Programme Lead - Families Children & Young People.
  • Internally to support the development of the Foundation’s activities in this area of work and the scale-up and the sustainability of the KidsTime Workshops.
  • Guidance on strategic and operational issues will be provided by the Project management group.
  • Working relationship with the London Borough of Southwark and representatives from other relevant agencies to ensure all operational issues relating to the project are timely and well organised.
  • Working relationship with the project team, Our Time, referral agencies and the Foundation’s research team.

This Job Description is not contractual and is liable to change over time

Person specification

Essential Criteria

Experience

  • Experience of working with families in a mental health capacity.
  • Experience of working in partnership and co-production in the field of mental health and/or working with families.
  • Experience of group facilitation in a relevant field.
  • Experience of working clinically in a systemic or multi-family setting, for example a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) therapist, family therapist or other professional with experience of mental health.
  • Experience of supervising facilitators involved in the delivery of group sessions.
  • Experience of effective monitoring techniques in the field of mental health.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to engage easily with parents and children together in mutually respectful discussion of difficult topics.
  • Ability to react calmly to any confusing or challenging situations at the workshops.
  • Ability to recognise and respond to children's and parents' varying needs at the appropriate level.
  • Ability to recognise and intervene when children are either in an unsafe situation, or when the level of response to a child is inadequate or inappropriate.
  • Ability to recognise how a range of different mental health difficulties might impact on other group members during the workshop, and respond appropriately.
  • Ability to work with parents in a group context to challenge shame and stigmatisation, encourage pride and facilitate problem-solving.
  • Ability to engage and utilise the positive potential (particularly in cross-family relations) of the multi-family context.
  • Ability to develop a sense of community and a strength-based approach in which the family become more aware of their own resources and the resources of the group as a whole
  • Ability to facilitate group exercises with children, young people and adults, creating a safe space, developing and modelling appropriate boundaries.
  • Ability to explain complex, and potentially distressing topics in a straightforward and understandable way.
  • Ability to work under pressure, whist maintaining a safe, fun, playful atmosphere.
  • Ability to describe, explain, and discuss aspects of mental illness and its treatments in a mutual manner, and in a way which is acceptable and understandable to parents and children.
  • Excellent group facilitation skills and the ability to lead with a non-judgemental attitude.
  • Evidence of effective communication skills, written and spoken, appropriate for a wide range of audiences.
  • Strong commitment to the issue of mental health and commitment to respecting diversity in all its forms.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively within a team and also with a degree of independence.

Knowledge

  • Understanding of the impact of parental mental illness on the children, and the three needs expressed by children: a good explanation of what mental illness is, someone they trust to talk to, and to know they are not alone.
  • Knowledge of the challenges in the lives of children and young people who have a parent with a mental health problem.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding policies and procedures and an ability to react appropriately and consult with the relevant professionals when a safeguarding concern arises.
  • Knowledge of health and social care services, public health and local government bodies.
  • Knowledge of appropriate ways to seek the views and knowledge of stakeholder groups, including people with lived experience of these issues.

Qualifications

  • Degree or equivalent qualification or significant experience in the field of mental health.
  • UKCP registered family or systemic psychotherapist or the equivalent.

Desirable Criteria

  • Masters level qualification in a mental health-related field.
  • Strong analytical skills and knowledge of evaluation methods to input into the overall evaluation dimension.
  • Knowledge of the KidsTime Workshops intervention.

REQUIREMENTS OF ALL ROLES AT THE MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION

  • Willingness to work flexibly to meet the reasonable needs of the Mental Health Foundation
  • Commitment to working in accordance with the Mental Health Foundation’s values
  • Prepared on occasions to work unsocial hours
  • Self-sufficient in use of information and communications technology
  • Ability to self-manage a full and varied workload.

COMPETENCIES FOR WORKING AT THE MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION

We expect all employees to be able to use these competences to a high level in their roles. During the recruitment process, at interview stage, we look for evidence of all these competencies.

  • Expertise, knowledge and analysis
  • Communication, influencing and promotion
  • Relationships and partnership working
  • Service focused
  • Business aware
  • Strategic thinking and decision making
  • Leadership
  • Adaptability and personal responsibility
  • Innovative and creative
  • Committed to personal development

Equal opportunities information

As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sections of the community, whatever your background.

We value each and every person in our team and are very good at working with people. Our workforce is made up of talented individuals from all sections of the community and we are committed to providing a working environment that encourages, and is supportive of, workers with mental health problems. We therefore welcome applications from anyone with personal experience of mental distress or learning disabilities, and positively encourage people with experience of using mental health services to apply.

We believe the way in which we effectively work together will enable our charity to fulfil its mission.

This commitment to equality and diversity means that we benefit from the widest range of experience and talent, and are fully representative of the world in which we live. We aim to create a working environment in which everyone is treated in a non-discriminatory manner.

Recruitment agencies may be employed as appropriate. We ensure that all such agencies operate an equal opportunities policy comparable to that used by us.

Benefits of working for us

The Mental Health Foundation is a great place to work and offers generous benefits.

All our members of staff are entitled to the following benefits. Please note that some of the benefits are available after a qualifying probation period.

Pension

We consider it important to encourage people to save for their retirement and therefore we provide staff (after successful completion of a probation period) with a 10% pension contribution paid into an Age on Personal Pension. Contributions can be invested in a variety of funds according to your investment preference, or alternatively a default fund is available. Staff will also receive death in service life cover at four times salary.

Annual leave

Staff receive 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays.

Maternity/parental leave

Enhanced maternity/parenthood leave entitlements are in place, including extended maternity leave and benefits. Available after a qualifying period.

Flexible working/work life balance

The right to request flexible working is available to all employees. There are a number of different flexible working arrangements available throughout the organisation, which can be arranged by mutual consent.

Child Care Vouchers

This is a flexible way to meet the costs of your childcare. Part of your salary can be given up or ‘sacrificed’ in exchange for Childcare Vouchers. Within specified limits, these vouchers are non-taxable and exempt from National Insurance contributions and therefore present a saving for employees who receive them as part of their total employment package. The Childcare Vouchers received are then exchanged, in whole or part, for the approved and registered childcare services you use.

Sickness/absence

We are required to make statutory sickness payments (SSP) where staff qualify. We also have our own sick pay scheme, including full pay for a period subject to certain conditions.

Employee Assistance Service

At times staff members may face and need help with a variety of issues throughout their lives. As part of our commitment to staff members we provide a 24/7 independent and confidential counselling and information telephone service, free of charge. Support is available on a range of issues including legal, financial, emotional, health issues and work-related concerns.

Season ticket loan

Interest free loans are available to purchase season tickets for the journey between home and work.

Cycle to Work Scheme

The Cycle to Work scheme is a UK Government tax exemption initiative introduced in the Finance Act 1999 to promote healthier journeys to work and to reduce environmental pollution. It allows employers to loan cycles and cyclists' safety equipment to employees as a tax-free benefit.

Through the scheme, employees will be able to purchase a bike of a value of up to £1,111, repaid over 18 months through deductions from your gross monthly salary. The loan will be interest free and the benefit will be offered after successful completion of the probationary period.