Birmingham, West Midlands
£23,388 - £25,987 per annum (plus allowances)
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The Children’s Society has been helping children and young people in this country for over 130 years. We run local services that support children when they are at their most vulnerable and in desperate need of help. We’re there for children, every step of the way. 

This role sits within our Youth Impact directorate, which works to provide one-to-one support for children who need support. Your role will be to help us maintain and develop innovative practice to support our work in our services around the country.

A fabulous opportunity has developed within The Children’s Society for an Emotional Health & Wellbeing Senior Practitioner at the successful Pause service delivered, in partnership with Forward Thinking Birmingham.

You will be part of the innovative ‘Pause’ service staff and volunteers team with mental health experience to provide interventions for children and young people from 0 – 24 years old. The Pause service utilises early-intervention approaches to enhance CYPYA mental health and wellbeing, allowing access to timely and flexible support. We offer a truly different way of delivering access to mental and emotional health support. We don't want young people to feel like they have to reach crisis point to get the help they need. We don't want young people to feel like they don't deserve a place to go because their worry is 'too small.' We don't want young people to have to wait to receive the care they deserve.

We are looking for a Senior Practitioner that:

  • Has experience of management and supervision of staff and volunteers,
  • Has a genuine passion and working knowledge of young people and mental health,
  • Is energetic, adaptable, able to offer innovation and ideas to support this evolving service, 
  • Has a background or worked in Health Care, Education, Youth Work or Social work,
  • Can provide direct low level therapeutic support that is person centred,
  • Can work at various locations across Birmingham,
  • Can work on regular Saturdays and some evenings.

It is imperative that the successful applicant has a good working knowledge of Mental and Emotional Health Issues that young people face today, including interventions on how to support young people in overcoming these challenges. Due to the fast-paced environment and use of computers for clinical record keeping, you will need to have a good level of IT skills.  You will need to have experience of young people participation on all levels.

The Children’s Society runs over 100 local services that help thousands of young people who desperately need our support, and we campaign to get laws and policies changed to make children’s lives happier and safer. 

Every day we’re changing the lives of children in this country for the better – and with your help, tomorrow we can be there for even more. 

The Children’s Society is committed to safeguarding and protecting the children and young people that we work with.  As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks.  We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practices across our services.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 20th October 2021  

Interviews will be held on the week commencing 25th October 2021

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Posted on: 13 October 2021
Closed date: 20 October 2021
Tags: Social Care/Development, Support Worker