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Development Worker - (Changing Faces Practitioner)

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Applications are invited for a Changing Faces Practitioner (CFP) for children and young people with disfigurements and their families. Changing Faces is the leading UK charity that supports and represents people who have disfigurements to the face, hand or body from any cause. The role of the CFP / Children and Young People (CYP) will be to offer advice, information and emotional support for children and young people who have any condition or injury that affects their appearance, to provide psychosocial support to their families, and to advise other professionals in health, education and social work in relation to their work with children and young people with disfigurements. Training will be provided by Changing Faces, and supervision will be received from a qualified clinical psychologist. The administrative base for the post will be within the Paediatric Clinical Psychology Service (Specialist Children's Services) at the Royal Hospital for Children (RHC) in Glasgow. Since RHC provides regional, supra-regional and national services for children and young people from health boards outside Greater Glasgow and Clyde, (for example, Lanarkshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire & Arran, Forth Valley), some travel is likely to be required. You will be responsible for delivering the Changing Faces Charity package of intervention including the application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, counselling skills or other appropriate therapeutic techniques, as well as offering training in social skills development to develop resilience and coping with the emotional impact of disfigurement. In addition, they will be required to advise and support healthcare and education staff in relation to their responses to children and young people with disfigurement, contributing to creating an awareness for professionals, of issues affecting children and young people who have a condition or injury that affects their appearance, promoting a culture of confidence, positivity and acceptance around disfigurement. The post involves working with a paediatric population spanning the age range from pre-school to adolescence. Possible areas of focus include Burns, Plastic Surgery, Cleft Lip and Palate, and Dermatological conditions, and the CFP will link with the relevant RHC specialist teams providing these services. Candidates will have a relevant qualification in Education, Health, Social Services or a relevant discipline. They will have knowledge of complex body image or health concern issues for children and young people, as well as experience of working directly with children and young people, and their families. This is a fixed term post for 18 months in the first instance, subject to review. Audit of clinical outcomes and cost effectiveness will be an integral part of the CFP post. Informal enquiries will be welcomed by Sue Robinson, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Paediatric Clinical Psychology Service on  ( Phone number removed ) , email ( Email address removed ); or Rob Murray, Changing Faces Scotland Manager on  ( Phone number removed ) , email ( Email address removed ) This post requires membership of Disclosure Scotland's PVG Scheme. PLEASE READ AND SAVE THE CANDIDATE APPLICATION PACK BEFORE SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION. The hours of this post are worked Monday to Friday 900am to 500pm

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