Welcome to the Centre for Systemic Social Work.

The Centre for Systemic Social Work (CfSSW) promotes systemic practice in social work settings across children’s services. Systemic practice offers a theory of change that is able to engage with the complexity and challenges faced by vulnerable families. This is where child protection and other high risk situations are a feature. The centre teaches systemic skills development programmes for practitioners, supervisors and leaders. Find out more.

Caroline Pipe
Clinical Director for the Centre for Systemic Social Work

Helen Bowring
Partners in Practice Programme Manager

New Opportunities

Lead Clinician – Teaching

  • £49,916- £57,335

We have an opportunity for a qualified systemic psychotherapist to work at the forefront of innovations in Children’s Social Care, leading and teaching a range of systemic training courses in various locations including the South West, North West and London. You’ll be backed by excellent educational resources and high-quality supervision, and will have scope to innovate, contribute to curriculum design and offer consultation and guidance to other professionals in creating system change.  Your own continuing professional development will be a priority, and you will have considerable flexibility in organising your work patterns. This is a highly flexible role and we are open to the discussion of flexible working patterns and location.
For further information regarding this opportunity please contact Caroline Pipe, Clinical Director, Centre for Systemic Social Work: Caroline.Pipe@lbhf.gov.uk or 07825 242819.

 Practice Leaders Programme

The 2021 cohort of the Practice Leadership Development Programme is now open for applications. 
This programme is led by Clare Chamberlain and the Centre for Systemic Social Work and prepares participants for a role as a practice leader within children’s social care. 78% of the 2017 cohort have been appointed to a Practice Leader role. 
Applicants should have a social work qualification and be a head of service (or equivalent) looking for opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in preparation for a practice leader role (assistant director or equivalent). 
The closing date for applications is 30 April 2021.
To request a copy of the programme brochure and application form please email: centreforsystemicsocialwork@rbkc.gov.uk

Our programmes

Practice Leadership Programme

Programme Overview

Certificate in Systemic Social Work Practice with Children and Families

AFT accredited at Foundation Level

Certificate in Systemic Social Work Practice with Children and Families - Intermediate Level (Year 2)

15-day intermediate systemic practice course

Systemic Social Work Supervision and Management

15 day course we aim to be AFT accredited at Foundation Level

Systemic Leadership

Programme Overview