Job Description

THE ROLE – Part-time (22.5 hours per week) / Permanent / Job description and job pack are available to download from our website

Many of the young people that we work with have had adverse or traumatic experiences which have dramatically shaped how they relate to other people and services, including us. The aim of Reflective Practice Supervision is to support the staff and managers in how we respond to that. This strengthens relationships between managers, staff and young people and promotes development and good practice. YMCA DownsLink Group offers Reflective Practice Supervision to all staff groups as a part of its commitment to becoming a more ‘trauma informed’ organisation. This means recognising that the way we work is influenced by the close proximity we have to trauma and supporting vulnerable young people who may find engaging with support difficult.

We are looking for a Reflective Practice Supervisor to join our enthusiastic and supportive team of supervisors who facilitate individual and group Reflective Practice Supervision across the organisation. This role specifically will be working to offer Reflective Practice Supervision groups to our supported accommodation teams. In addition, you will work closely with both the Head of Safeguarding and Head of Therapeutic Services to develop and deliver our Trauma Informed approach across the organisation as well as liaising regularly with the Reflective Practice Supervision (RPS) Team around attendance, bookings and all supervision administration.

This is a hybrid role, working on site and from home – the groups will be run either in-person or remotely online depending on locality and team requirements. You will be working flexibly over the week – with the need to work during the evening (8pm) or in the early morning (7am) for some groups. Your shift pattern is yet to be confirmed and can be discussed at interview. We will also consider a job share for this role if this is of interest – please do apply.

WHO YOU ARE – We know that there are great candidates who will not fit everything we have described below, or who have important skills we have not mentioned. If that is you, please do not hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

The successful applicant will be a qualified Social Worker / Social Work Practice Educator or will have a Recognised Diploma or Degree in Counselling or Psychotherapy. You will need to have a recognised qualification in Supervision and currently be practicing as a Supervisor or Social Work Practice Educator, and/or have had this experience within the last three years. In delivering the role, you will have knowledge and understanding of reflective practice supervision, theories of social care, Trauma Informed Practice and proven experience in safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. You will already be able to work effectively and professionally with supervisees and to provide containment, support, and advice. In addition, you will have strong organisational / time management skills with the ability to think systemically and work effectively across multiple teams as well working in or alongside Children and Adult Social Care.

The closing date for this role is midnight on 17 February 2023. Please note this is a rolling advert; applications will be reviewed regularly, and suitable applicants will be invited to attend interviews on a rolling basis. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.

If you would like any further information or an informal discussion about this post, please contact

To apply, please ensure you complete an online application form, including your responses to the questions and upload a copy of your CV. Should you require any assistance with our application process, please email us at

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure (including the Children’s barred list and the Adults’ barred list) via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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