Pause Practitioner

  • St Mark's Rd, Chaddesden, Derby DE21, UK
  • Full-time
  • Service type: Family Support
  • Pay scale: Zone 3 Grade F
  • Department: Young People & Families
  • Pay zone: Zone 3 - Rest of England (excluding NE)
  • Contractual type: Full time - permanent

Company Description

At Catch22, we are proud of our reputation as a modern and progressive employer. Our 1,300 colleagues and 300 volunteers work at every stage of the social welfare cycle, supporting over 60,000 individuals from cradle to career.  Our work spans education, social justice and rehabilitation, children's social care, family support, social action and getting people into work.

Pause works with women who have experienced – or are at risk of – repeated pregnancies that result in children needing to be removed from their care.  The programme gives women the chance to pause and take control over their lives, breaking a destructive cycle that causes both them and their children deep trauma.  

Pause seeks to work with women in a way which addresses everybody in their lives - fathers of their children, partners, family members and friends - as well as services like Children's services, housing, the NHS and the justice system.  Partnership underpins our work, with the women, with local areas and with policy makers and service providers.

Pause Derbyshire is delivered by Catch22 working in collaboration with Derbyshire County Council.  It has been structured as a 'Social outcomes contract' with the council committing to pay for successful outcomes. Up-front funding is provided by Bridges Outcomes Partnerships, a specialist social impact investor with extensive experience of delivering outcomes contracts.

Job Description

Are you an ambitious, creative and influential practitioner who is passionate about reducing the number of children being removed into care by supporting women to bring about change in their lives?


As a Pause Practitioner, you will be responsible for implementing a range of interventions and support measures as part of an integrated package of health, therapeutic and social support. Pause is specifically designed to address the complex needs of women, through intensive support, to enable change in their lives, and ultimately reduce the numbers of children being removed into care. You will work systemically in delivering a relationship based programme where frequency, tenacity and creativity are central.

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You’ll be a big part of a small team, where everyone takes a flexible and collaborative approach to work, and is committed to improving outcomes for vulnerable and marginalised groups

Like Pause, you will be passionate about changing entrenched social issues, and will respond by ‘doing things differently’. You will play an integral part of a team where everyone takes an energetic, flexible and collaborative approach to their work, and are committed to improving outcomes in society. 

Key responsibilities:

·        Work effectively as a team member of Pause Derbyshire to ensure fidelity and integrity to the model through delivery of the Pause Framework elements (for example: assertive outreach with women delivered in a bespoke trauma informed approach; women are supported to use a form of effective contraception that is acceptable to them and supports them to achieve the sustained pause in pregnancy needed for the programme);

·        Undertake an effective, flexible, intensive outreach approach to engage with Pause women; 

·        Support the development and maintenance of effective local pathways with key agencies, e.g. sexual health, housing and mental health;

·        Ensure an evidence base is applied to practice through a collaborative assessment of a woman's needs and strengths;

·        Develop focused, bespoke and creative interventions that meet the woman’s needs and objectives and ensure that any financial spending on women is aligned with their goals as set out in their care plan;

·        Ensure outcomes are achieved through the use of the Pause Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Framework and that data and recording is completed to a high standard;

·        Ensure all practice matters relating to child protection or vulnerable adults are dealt with promptly and in line with local safeguarding;

·        Represent Pause at relevant events;

·        Embed a continuous learning ethos within individual and team practice including involvement in reflective practice discussions and demonstrating and maintaining healthy and professional boundaries.

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·        Relevant professional qualification and/or experience e.g. nursing, social work, mental health, education, criminal justice, youth work,, therapeutic practice, counselling, criminal justice  or equivalent;

·        Professional registration (if appropriate);

·        Evidence of continuing professional development;

·        A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring check (DBS) enhanced level.

Experience and knowledge:

·        Experience of working with families/individuals who present with a range of complex needs (mental health challenges, drug and alcohol misuse, domestic violence) and demonstrate an ability to create rapport and build effective relationships;

·        Experience of case management including assessments, care planning and reviews with  clients with complex needs;                           

·        Knowledge and understanding of a range of evidence-based approaches including systemic practice, social learning theory, attachment and loss, relationship and strength based interventions;    

·        Knowledge of adult safeguarding, childcare legislation, local Child Protection Procedures, and an understanding of child development, parenting capacity and risk and protective factors.           


Additional Information

Salary £31009 per annum

Candidates must hold a full and valid driving license and have access to their own vehicle due to the nature of the role as supporting women throughout Worcestershire.

Interview will be held on 5th October the specific arrangement for this will depend on the latest government advice in light of Covid-19 pandemic.  

This role is subject to an enhanced DBS check

See the benefits of working for Catch22 here.

Unless otherwise stated, interviews will be arranged as suitable candidates are identified, so early application is strongly advised.

At Catch22 we value equality, diversity and inclusion. We are wholeheartedly committed to the principle of equality of opportunity, both as an employer and as a provider of services. Diversity and Inclusion is part of what we do every day, working to deliver our vision to build a strong society where everyone has good people around them, a purpose, and a good place to live.

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