We are delighted to have been awarded a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund and are now starting the process of establishing a new bereavement support service in Birmingham. This is an exciting opportunity to join the team at Child Bereavement UK as we look to recruit two full-time Bereavement Support Practitioners to join the new service in Birmingham which will provide bereavement support to individuals, couples, families and in group settings.

The post holders will support the Bereavement Support Service Lead in the provision and evaluation of a service that ensures families and professionals can access high quality bereavement support in situations where a baby or child of any age has died, or where children or young people up to the age of 25 are bereaved.

The Bereavement Support Practitioners will:

  • Work with the Bereavement Support Service Lead in providing and evaluating the service to support parents bereaved of a baby or child, of any age or children and young people up to the age of 25 bereaved of anybody important to them.
  • Support the Bereavement Support Service Lead in developing and establishing Child Bereavement UK’s service as a source of advice and support for families and professionals across the region.
  • Manage a caseload and provide a programme of individual and couple sessions and to develop and provide facilitated Groups for Parents bereaved of a baby or child.
  • Contribute to the provision of a programme of individual and family support sessions, Groups for Families, Groups for Young People and school liaison.

Child Bereavement UK offers a generous package of benefits including an employee assistance programme, 5% pension contribution and life assurance scheme. 

Applicants should have a recognised, health, social care, or counselling qualification, experience in working with children, young people and families, excellent communication skills and be passionate about supporting bereaved families and those whose roles bring them into contact with these families.

The successful candidate will be required to complete a DBS check. 

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Rate: £28,000 per annum (3-year fixed term contract)

Reporting to: Bereavement Support Service Lead - Birmingham

Base: Hybrid working from Child Bereavement UK’s Centre in Birmingham and home

Closing date: 29 May 2024. Interviews will be held on 3 June in person in Birmingham

If you are interested in knowing more please see the job description and person specification or contact [email protected]

Applications should be by CV accompanied with a short covering letter, detailing which post you are interested in applying for and how your experience fits the role. Please email to Jane Hobart [email protected]

Applications will be reviewed, and interviews offered, on an on-going basis. We reserve the right to close the role prior to the closing date, should a suitable applicant be found, so please submit your application as soon as possible.

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