Working in our specialist assessment & therapy service

Our Assessment and Therapy team is made up of multi-disciplinary experts who collaborate to assess and improve child and adolescent mental health. We offer unique insights into children in care settings – our practice has developed alongside the growth of Five Rivers’ education, fostering and residential services. We are committed to mitigating the impact of adverse childhood experiences on children that come into our care and ensure we reverse any lasting impacts to “Turn Children’s Lives Around”.Our standing is reinforced by being a ‘social enterprise’; we are driven by social objectives and the surplus we make is reinvested into the services we provide such as providing every child in our care a comprehensive assessment. We operate through a regionally-based in-house team of clinical practitioners, complemented by an affiliate network of trusted specialists across the country. The variety of roles available include in-house counselling psychologists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, research, referral and administration specialists. Our network of affiliates is expanding to cover a wide range of psychological approaches from developmental psychotherapy and play therapy to Trauma-focused CBT – to name a few in high demand.

Our practitioners play a vital role in the development of Five Rivers’ unique and highly regarded practice model of Attachment and Trauma-Informed Integrated Care, but our support is not limited to children in Five Rivers’ services: our expertise is increasingly needed by local authorities to help children and families in a wide range of fostering, adoption, specialist and mainstream education settings. Our team is actively engaged in research projects with partners such as The Anna Freud Centre and UCL to ensure we help inform the sector both nationally and internationally about ‘what works’ with children who have experienced trauma, abuse and neglect.

You will benefit from working with a well-established, child-centered organisation that is committed to turning children’s lives around. With nearly 30 years’ experience, we are well equipped to be able to support and develop you in your role.We know how demanding and challenging our work can be. We value our people and want to recognise and reward you for the work you to. Some of your rewards and benefits include:

On-going training and learning: we have a dedicated learning and development team who are committed to sourcing and delivering up to date, quality training opportunities. We continually look at new learning initiatives to make sure we’re providing the best continuing professional development we can. We also prioritise and discuss your personal training goals to ensure you’re getting the most out of your career.

Simply Health Cashback Scheme: you will automatically be enrolled in the Simply Health Cash Plan scheme which means you can claim back the cost of your everyday healthcare appointments. The membership also allows you free, immediate access to a 24/7 GP telephone helpline.

Employee discount scheme: we value you, so we offer you access to a free online platform called Perkbox. The employee discount scheme gives you exclusive access to discounts and freebies.

Employee assistance programme: we know how demanding our lives can be and that life isn’t always plain sailing, so we take great care in supporting and caring for you. You will automatically have access to free, confidential, 24/7 counselling.

Long service and recognition scheme: We appreciate the invaluable contribution our employees make, so we recognise and reward loyal service. Our recognition scheme provides additional holiday entitlement for length of service and financial recognition for ten years and above.

A competitive salary in line with your skills and experience:

Annual leave allowance: we appreciate how important it is to have a break. We offer a generous annual leave allowance which increases with your length of service.

Refer a friend financial incentive scheme: we know how important having the right workforce is and we’re confident your network includes professionals who could bring expertise and experience to our work. We offer financial rewards for successful appointments to our staff from your network.

Our values are more than a set of adjectives. We are invested in and take in nurturing an environment where we have a shared understanding of how we would all like to be treated.Our experienced, self-motivated staff work in a caring, supportive environment with a shared vision for how we can achieve our mission to turn children’s lives around. Our teams are forward thinking and ambitious; we are all striving for excellence. Committed to providing high-quality, stable foster homes, we work with integrity and show a strong commitment to improving the outcomes for looked-after children. We take an adaptable approach to our work and we’re always respectful of one another.

Chloe, Research Assistant

Chloe is a research assistant supporting our Assessment and Therapy Service.

How long have you been at Five Rivers?

I joined in 2015 as a Trainee Therapeutic Practitioner in a Residential care home after graduating in Psychology.

Have you always worked in Children’s Care?

No – I have previous management experience in hospitality! After I graduated I felt I wanted to do something where I could use my degree to help others rather than just doing something that’s all about profit.  After joining, I was promoted quickly to Shift Leader, then Key Worker then Senior Child Care Worker then appointed Deputy Manager in June 2016. I have always enjoyed the management side of things and I want to support the staff as well as the young people we work with but I decided not to go for Registered Manager – that was not for me. I needed to use the skills I have got to support my next move. I started to look out and this Graduate Research Assistant role came up from the company!

What’s the best thing about your job?

I like to see all the progress our young people make, helping them to achieve their individual goals and expectations. I also enjoyed being a part of each child’s future transitions, helping to nurture the skills they require for the next chapter of their life journey. I’ve also had a lot of fun – working at the home brought out new talents such as dressing up as Santa, making enough chicken nuggets to feed an army and perfecting my bottle flipping skills! Now I have set myself a career goal to get a Master’s in Health Psychology – I want to focus on mental health and supporting people to have a more positive lifestyle.

What are your career aspirations and how could Five Rivers help you reach them?

I am not 100% sure of my end goal as yet, I am fairly open-minded as to where my Masters will take me. Five Rivers are very supportive of me doing a Masters and my boss is keen to help me achieve this goal with his advice and guidance. Ultimately, I would like to use my knowledge, experience, and opportunities to help those who are less fortunate than myself, specifically in mental health. When you see the progression of a young person and how you can support them into a much more positive lifestyle, that in itself makes it all worthwhile.

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