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Children & Young Persons Keyworker
  • Employer: Hertfordshire County Council
  • Reference: C/S/20/133740
  • Published: Fri 18/09/2020, 12:50 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 04/10/2020, 22:52 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £27,741 - £39,880 pa
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Hertfordshire

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Children & Young Persons Keyworker

Keyworker(s) – National Keyworker Pilot

Transforming Care Team


£27,741 - £39,880 pa career grade scheme, dependent on experience (equivalent to NHS Band 5/6) *

37 Hours Per Week | 18 Months Fixed Term or Secondment

4 Positions

Hertfordshire County Councils Children’s Services are pleased to be able to recruit four Keyworkers, (alongside two Consultant Keyworkers). These exciting new roles will form part of a national Keyworker Pilot developing new ways of working in partnership with NHS England, HCT PALMS and HPFT CAMHS. Importantly the project will be driven by the lived experience of young people and their families, therefore Herts Parents Carer Involvement (HPCI) and our Young Commissioners are critical partners to shaping how we work in the future.

The NHS Long Term Plan includes commitment that “by 2023/24 children and young people with a learning disability and/or autism with the most complex needs, will have a designated Keyworker. The plan responds to recommendation made by Dame Christine Lenehan in her report ‘These are our Children’. Initially keyworker support will be provided to children and young people who are inpatients or at risk of being admitted to hospital. Keyworker support will also be extended to the most vulnerable children with a learning disability and/or autism, including those who face multiple vulnerabilities such as being looked after or having been adopted. Keyworking will also support children and young people in transition between services and through key stages in their lives.

All STP’s (Sustainability and transformation partnerships) were offered the opportunity to submit an expression of interest in taking forward a Keyworker pilot. Hertfordshire was recognised for having a solid track record and for submitting a well thought through bid. We have been granted funding to roll out our innovative keyworker pilot from October 2020.

Keyworkers will be hosted in the Transforming Care Team situated within the 0-25 Together Service, the role will be person centred and will work across education, health and social care, embedding the principles of Transforming Care as well as SEND reforms enshrined within Children and Families Act (2014).

We are looking for four system changers to work with two Consultant Keyworkers and work with our Children, young people and their families and carers in a person centred way. To help bring their voices to life and achieve their outcomes. 

You will be either be a professionally qualified and registered practitioner Social Worker, Mental Health Nurse and or Learning Disability Nurse, Clinical/Counselling/Educational Psychologist, Teacher, Family Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Child Psychotherapist or Behaviour Analyst/Positive Behaviour Practitioner. Or you will have significant relevant and or transferable skills and experience as well as meeting the Personal Specification and Core Competencies.

You will be a reflective professional with a thirst for learning new things. You will bring relevant experience of working with CYP who have Autism and or a learning disability and are often seen to have behaviour that challenges.

You have and can continue to work intensively with CYP, their families, carers and network of professionals.
You will be passionate about working co-productively and have experience or a passion for personalised care planning including setting up personalised budgets based on assessed individualised needs.

You will be an innovative individual with a passion for working to meet individual personalised needs.

Please read the attached Keyworker Job Outline and apply by evidencing how you meet the Personal specification and Core Competencies.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact
Steph Durkin – Service Manager Transforming Care Team on 07733 388730

Vicki Jeffery – Project and Commissioning Manager Transforming Care Team on 01438 844069

For a discussion about the National and Regional Disabilities and Autism Programme please contact:
Hannah Mann – Senior Children and Young People’s Manager, Learning Disabilities and Autism Programme, NHS England and NHS Improvement – East of England on 07725 490518


Closing date: Midnight 4th October

Interview date: 12th and 13th October


* This position is on HCC Terms & Conditions unless seconding from the NHS