Support Services

Therapeutic Lead

Compass Fostering


Location: Leicester

Salary: £42,000 – £60,000 (pro rata)

Office Location: Negotiable

Reports to: Head of Therapeutic Services

Supervisory Responsibilities: Yes

Travel Required: Yes

We are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated Therapeutic Lead, whose professional background and training is underpinned by systemic theories and of working with trauma, attachment and loss. You will have a good working knowledge in working with children and young people in the Care sector and exhibit strong leadership skills. You will be part of our holistic approach of working collaboratively, linking our Fostering, Education, Residential and Therapeutic Services together. Prior work in Residential Care is desirable. The successful applicant will receive specialist training in our AHCT approach (Assessing and Healing Complex Trauma) so that you will continue to lead and model our principles. We have a number of Residential Homes and Education settings across the country as well as a large therapeutic Fostering Service.

This is an exciting new role in which you will work in partnership with all employed and independent staff in our Therapeutic Services Team. A reflective and confidently enabling leadership stance is a good prerequisite for a successful applicant.

Compass Community Children’s Services is an independent social care and education provider with an excellent reputation for providing high quality and tailored therapeutic packages of care to young people.

Why work for Compass?
We are committed to staff retention, development and equality. Our staff have access to hundreds of discounts and benefits through Perkbox, as well as the chance to win vouchers from our REACH Awards.

As Therapeutic Lead you will;

  • Coordinate and provide oversight of all therapeutic activity across Fostering, Residential and Education across England and Wales.
  • Establish strong working relationships between all Independent Therapists, Counsellors, Psychologists and Therapeutic Practitioners.
  • Enable the development of clear communication pathways between Independents, Therapeutic Practitioners and Education, Residential and Foster Care placements.
  • Contribute to the development of the Therapeutic Service through action planning, implementation planning and delivering key outcomes and objectives.
  • Ensure all Independents uphold professional standards through accountability frameworks.
  • Deliver high quality therapeutic interventions where required.
  • Provide therapeutic training in line with the AHCT Framework for all Compass staff.
  • Engage Senior Leaders, Independents and permanent workforce to enable fidelity to the AHCT Framework.


  • Minimum 5 years recognised Post Qualifying Accredited Therapeutic qualification and appropriate registration.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the applicant’s professional registration/accrediting body.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience of involvement with the Care Systems and related agencies.
  • Showing a high-level of knowledge of the theory and practice of specialist psychological treatment as applied to the client group using this service.
  • Understanding of systemic, psychodynamic, attachment, mental health and neurodiversity principles.
  • A high level of competence in applying a psychological therapy to complex difficulties in an organisation, with staff and with clients. maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems.
  • Experience of offering teaching, training and supervision within a demanding organisational context.
  • A clear and theoretically informed approach to supervision.
  • Knowledge of guidance and legislation in relation to the client group including safeguarding.
  • Ability to apply theoretical knowledge with different cultural contexts and experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Enthusiasm, resilience, passion and good leadership skills.
  • Understanding responsibilities in protecting your own health, safety and wellbeing and that of their colleagues and others.

The recruitment process aims to create and maintain a safe workforce and contains robust vetting procedures. The successful applicant will be appointed subject to references, enhanced DBS and screening.

The Compass Community values equality and diversity across our workforce and aims to ensure our staff community is reflective of the diversity of the children and young people within our care. In support of this commitment we welcome applications from individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds.

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