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Working in our specialist assessment & therapy service

About 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 and young people in care settings because 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 and young people, and reversing negative impacts to “Turn Children’s Lives Around”. Our standing is reinforced by being a ‘social enterprise’ which means we are driven by social objectives, not profit: every surplus we have made has been reinvested into providing every child and young person 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, young people 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, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), abuse and neglect.


You will benefit from working with a well-established, child-centred organisation that is committed to turning children’s lives around. With over 30 years’ experience, we are well equipped to support you to develop 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: Our Learning and Development team 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 development 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 are pleased to offer our valued employees access to a free online platform called Perkbox. The employee discount scheme gives you exclusive access to a wide range of retailers and services.

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.

Annual leave allowance: Our annual leave allowance which increases with your length of service.

Employee referral 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.

Staff Stories

Nicky - Senior Practitioner Social Worker

Nicky, Senior Practitioner Social Worker

Nicky provides support for fostering families, and the children they look after. How long have you worked for Five Rivers fostering service? I joined the office in Salisbury in 2014. […]

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