We are recruiting a Trauma Care Practitioner Therapeutic

Job Description:

To promote the recovery of children, teenagers and safe family members following a disclosure or discovery of child sexual abuse. The practitioner will work with individual clients to reduce the emotional, psychological and physical symptoms of child sexual abuse through the provision of early intervention assessment, psycho-education, strategies for acute stress symptoms and therapeutic interventions. This work will be undertaken following Crown Prosecution Service pre-trial therapy guidelines whilst clients are involved in any Police investigation/Criminal Justice Process. Some therapeutic work will take place beyond the Criminal Justice Process.


Key Tasks:

  • Practitioner will work directly with individual child victims, siblings and vulnerable adults, at Imara premises or venues in the community, e.g. school, home address. At initial sessions Practitioner will: explain IMARA’s early intervention service to family/individuals; pre-trial therapy guidelines and what this means specifically in relation to confidentiality and information sharing; gain consent from each individual to work with IMARA.
  • Identify family action plan (key tasks that family/individual face in order to get back on track with day to day life), review and evaluate plan over time
  • Provision of one-to-one therapy sessions with children, teenagers and vulnerable adults
  • Educate families regarding the impact of trauma, the potential for recovery and the promotion of prevention
  • Close liaison and partnership working with other Imara Trauma Care Practitioners
  • Close liaison and partnership working with other professionals in the safeguarding network. Attend multi-agency meetings re child or teenager e.g. Child Protection conferences and reviews; Child In Need (CIN) reviews; core group meetings; Looked After Child reviews; CAF meetings or provide reports if not attending
  • Consultation and training to professionals including Police, education staff, health staff, foster carers, residential workers and social workers, promoting an understanding of children’s responses to the impact of trauma and the experience of abuse to all stakeholders
  • Promote the profile of the project and work with clients to provide an understanding of their recovery process and their response to the service through outcome measures, feedback questionnaires, focus groups and specialist therapeutic assessments e.g. dissociation; depression.
  • Attending specialist networking meetings e.g Domestic violence and sexual abuse forum, Child Sexual Exploitation forum
  • Make referrals to other support agencies e.g. CAMHS, ongoing counselling and advocacy to support engagement.
  • Develop a proactive approach to advocacy with victims and their families e.g. building trusting relationships with them and actively facilitating self-advocacy in addition to advocating on behalf of clients when requested to do so.
  • Develop a consistent and responsive relationship with individual clients
  • Adhere to the Nottingham City Safeguarding Board policies and actively promote children’s best interests. Keep up-to-date with relevant legislation, policies and technical services to assist in performance.
  • Ensure record keeping is accurage, clear, concise, objective and timely and adheres to pre-trial therapy guidelines
  • To contribute to Imara’s funding applications and fundraising activities as required
  • To actively contribute to Imara’s monitoring and outcome measurement
  • Promotion of teamwork through good working relationships to actively maintain IMARA’s ethos of responsive, dynamic and innovative practices
  • To attend monthly clinical supervision with Imara’s external clinical supervisor
  • To attend management supervision with Director
  • Attend and contribute to Imara team meetings
  • Undertake any other duties, which may be reasonably regarded as within the nature of duties and responsibilities of the post as defined (subject to the proviso that changes of a permanent nature will normally be incorporated into the Job Description


  • Degree in a relevant field

    Post-graduate qualification in Creative Arts Therapies (drama, art, music, dance and movement, play)

    Two years post-qualifying experience

    Excellent team working skills

    Ability to communicate effectively with children, teenagers and families

    Experience working with children, teenagers and/or families

    Experience and understanding of working with children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse or trauma

    Experience and confidence in dealing with Safeguarding and Child Protection concerns

    Evidence of commitment to own continuous professional development

    Flexible, responsive individual

    Ability to work independently and use initiative

    Competent with Microsoft Word, Excel and general computing

    Confident and innovative in working in challenging situations

    Driver with own transport

    All posts are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. All candidates who are successful at interview will be asked to complete an application form for an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references before the appointment is confirmed


  • Additional training in Dissociation, self-harm and suicide, responses to trauma.

    Experience providing consultation, training and supervision


Working for a small, friendly and responsive children's charity that supports the professional development of all staff, allowing you to develop your therapeutic skills.

25 days holiday, plus bank holidays.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £24,000.00 /year

How to Apply

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Via post:  Imara 202 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3HX