This role, jointly funded by Elliot’s Footprint and Child Bereavement UK, can make a huge difference for families going through the most devastating of experiences - the death of their child. The role ensures that families receive the support that they need when they need it. It will support families from the West Yorkshire area and be mainly based in Leeds as part of a wider service managed by Child Bereavement UK in Leeds. Some limited travel in West Yorkshire may be required from time to time.

The role will provide support and guidance for families, including helping them navigate any official processes. It requires someone who has excellent communication skills and who can listen to what a family needs, helping to give them a voice when liaising with relevant professional services such as Police, Coroners, Schools and Employers. The role will also work with families in their grief to help empower them to identify additional support services where appropriate.

The role will be varied; alongside supporting families there is an opportunity to input into training and events and - through identifying any gaps in wider community support for families - to help influence policy and development of services. 

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.

Role: SUDIC Bereavement Support Practitioner 

Hours: 30 hours per week (0.8 FTE)

Rate: £23,520 per annum (£29,400 pro rata). Offered initially on a 12-month fixed term contract, with potential for extension dependent on evaluation of post.

Reporting to: Child Bereavement UK Leeds Team Lead

Location: Child Bereavement UK Leeds. Brooklands Court Business Centre, Tunstall Road, LS17 5HZ. Flexible/Hybrid working considered.

Closing Date: 12 October 2023

Interviews: 17 October 2023, in person at Child Bereavement UK Leeds

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 Jane Hobart on [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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