Therapeutically Informed Practitioners  (Domestic Abuse)
Job vacancy

Therapeutically Informed Practitioners (Domestic Abuse)

Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation Support Service

£32,000 (pro rata for part-time)


North/West Kent (Sevenoaks, Dartford, Gravesham, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & Malling and Maidstone)


Part-time 18.5 hours per week. (2.5 days)

Contract details:

Contract initially for two years. Extension subject to continued funding.

Application closing date:


Background and Job purpose

This exciting and innovative new service will provide child-centred, outcome-focused, specialist support for children and young people, from birth to and up to 25 years old with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), residing in safe accommodation because of domestic abuse. This may include refuge, Sanctuary Schemes, move-on accommodation, and dispersed accommodation.

The role of the Practitioner will be to deliver therapeutically informed 1-1, and occasional small group, support to children and young people based on the needs, wishes and goals that they have identified. This support is likely to be for a minimum of 12 weeks and may be delivered in refuges, community settings such as youth hubs, and children and young people’s homes, as appropriate.

While your background may be in counselling, CBT, play therapy – or any other related area -we are particularly looking for therapeutically-informed, creative, strengths-focused and resourceful individuals with excellent communication skills.


For informal chat or for more information, please call Nikki Naziri on 07725 595758 or Sally Williamson on 07725 595722.

Job Description/Principal Accountabilities

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Work with district councils, housing providers, KCC and other partners to identify appropriate referrals to the service and gather relevant information to support the intervention.
  2. Work respectfully and tenaciously to establish positive relationships with CYP and their families and secure meaningful engagement.
  3. Explore the domains of resilience to understand strengths, talents, ambitions, support networks and needs.
  4. Utilise this to develop goal-based outcomes that reflect the child or young person’s wishes.
  5. Deliver a range of creative, evidence-based interventions in 1-1 and, occasional, small group settings.
  6. Explore all opportunities for talents and interests to be developed using local resources.
  7. Ensure a good level of support to children, young people and families, including onward referral to other agencies where necessary.
  8. Implement specified evaluation tools and techniques to accurately evidence the impact of the service.
  9. Keep clear accurate records and provide the required monitoring and evaluation information and any other progress reports required by due dates.
  10. Attend monthly supervision for quality assurance and personal development purposes.
  11. Consider own training needs, keeping up to date with relevant good practice, and sharing this with team members.
  12. Any other duties which may reasonably be required by the Salus Management Team.

NOTE: It is encouraged that the support is offered outside of school hours to minimise disruption to education (Monday to Friday) and delivered at times and venues that most suit the children and young people; this means after 3:30pm on weekdays or at weekends.

This job description is provided to assist the post holder to know their principal duties. It may be amended from time to time in consultation with you without change to the level of responsibilities.

Person Specification

Experience/ Skill/ QualificationEssentialDesired
Professional qualification in a related area (e.g. Counselling, CBT, Play Therapy)
Relevant qualification or evidence of training Trauma informed practice
Experience of supporting children and young people who have experienced trauma, particularly domestic abuse.
Ability to meaningfully engage parents.
Experience of working to safeguard children and young people
A good understanding of agencies and support available for families in Kent
Strong organisational ability including ability to plan workload and manage own time effectively
A high level of written and verbal presentation skills and ICT skills
Knowledge of the impact of Domestic Abuse on the development, resilience and well-being of a child or young person
Knowledge of the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma informed practice
An understanding of what constitutes Safe Accommodation
A clear understanding of Safeguarding and Data Protection legislation
Knowledge of strengths-based approaches
Knowledge of the legislative framework for tackling domestic abuse
An ability to remain calm whilst working under pressure and on sensitive and confidential issues
To be creative and proactive, able to use initiative and make sound judgements
An ability to deal with a number of tasks at once and to be flexible with work routines
A positive outlook and a result focused approach
To work effectively as part of a team

Further information

Any appointment will be made subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and Police vetting.

We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible and therefore this advert will be withdrawn when we find a suitable candidate.