Senior Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner

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Closing Date: 10/08/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Full Time
Location Middlesbrough
Salary £32,306 Per Year
Company NHS Jobs

Job Description

We are currently recruiting 1 x Full time Senior Education Mental Health Practitioner or Senior Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner post to start with our organisation in September 2022.

Candidates for this role must have at least 2 years post qualification experience working within the role of either an Educational Mental Health Practitioner OR Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner; this must be detailed with the application, stating the details of the qualification and the relevant experience within those specific roles.

Candidates who have already received the Supervisory qualification needed to perform this Senior role will not need to attend further formal training (detailed below) The salary is negotiable based on qualification and experience.

Successful candidates will enrol on an educational programme specifically for the role in partnership with Northumbria University. The Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision is specifically designed for professionals who are in, or will be required to adopt, Clinical Supervision roles within services participating, in the Children and Young Peoples’ Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (CYP-IAPT) initiative including Mental health support teams.

The course is taught over one year (12 months) and will include a mix of university contact, remote/online teaching (eg. lectures, tutorials), independent study and service-based supervision practice.

Main duties of the job

Job Purpose

The post-holder will work in InsideOut as part of a wider team of practitioners, delivering, with supervision, high-quality; brief outcome focused evidence-based interventions for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties. These may include psycho-education, self-help and work with presentation such as anxiety, low mood and anger.

The post holder will also clinically supervise and case manage EMHP practitioners within the InsideOut MHST and the post involves close collaboration with the Service Managers. Attendance and input into Peer Supervision, Management Meetings, Referrals Huddles, and Team meetings.

About us

The Link is a professional mental health and emotional wellbeing provider. We provide therapeutic services to children, young people and families across the North East including Redcar & Cleveland, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Stockton on Tees and Darlington. Our services include a wide range of workshops and training, therapeutic assessments, one to one therapeutic interventions including specialist therapies and Children and Young People Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) evidence-based therapies.

Voluntary and community sector providers have formed a partnership to create the South Tees Mental Health Support Team, also known as The InsideOut MHST. The partnership members include.

  • The Link
  • Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind
  • The Junction Foundation
  • A Time 4 you
  • ABC Counselling
  • Changing Futures North East
  • Redcar and Cleveland Mind

The partnership is fully supported and working in collaboration with NHS TEWV and will work directly into schools alongside existing provision, to support mild to moderate mental health and wellbeing needs. This partnership approach will help embed a culture of openness around mental health, forge stronger links between education settings and the wider Mental Health offer in South Tees and ensure children and young people can access appropriate support and stay in education

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To provide, under supervision, assessment, including risk assessment, of children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
  • To support management of the waiting list playing a proactive role in prioritisation, assessment and signposting.
  • To work with families involved with social care liaising closely with Social Workers and other professionals working across Children, Young People and Family Services.
  • To select and deliver a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions for children, young people and families experiencing mild to moderate or moderate to severe mental health difficulties delivered in collaboration with the child, young person and family.
  • To work within CYP IAPT Delivering with and Delivering Well Values and Standards.
  • To work within the principles of CYP IAPT ensuring the appropriate use of routine outcome monitoring tools
  • The post holder will be expected to supervise EMHP practitioners and support trainees within the team.
  • To provide advice to other members of staff and trainees and act as a role model
  • To make use of referral pathways following assessment for children, young people and families requiring other services, including statutory and voluntary agencies.
  • To explore and evaluate clinical treatment using evaluation tools, contributing to evidence-based practice.
  • Working in collaboration to support children, young people and families in the self-management of presenting difficulties.
  • Working in collaboration with children, young people and families to develop effective treatment plans and agreed outcomes.
  • To operate within the Service Referral to Discharge Protocols.
  • Through close case management and supervision, escalate cases where the level of need becomes beyond scope, or more severe ensuring adherence to other relevant element of service delivery.
  • Provide a range of information and support for evidence based psychological treatments. This may include guided self-help. This work may be face-to-face, by telephone or via other media.
  • Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the overall number of children and young people contacts offered, and sessions carried out per week in order to improve timely access and minimise waiting times.


  • Receive clinical supervision and case management weekly in relation to course work, competencies and clinical work to meet the required standards.
  • Prepare and present case load information to supervisors and case managers within the service on an agreed and scheduled basis, in order to ensure safe practice and the governance obligations of the trainee, supervisor and service are delivered.
  • Respond to and implement supervision suggestions by supervisors in practice.
  • Work within the boundaries of service delivery and support to meet the requirements of the service needs.
  • Engage in and respond to personal development supervision to improve competencies and practice

Partnership Working

  • To create and maintain effective working relationships with Headteachers, Deputy Heads, SENCO’s, Pastoral Teams, mental health champions and wider teaching staff by providing advice and consultative support on emotional and mental health issues, and in relation to appropriate referral pathways for children, young people and families experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
  • To liaise effectively with other local providers, including statutory, voluntary sector organisation and third sector organisations on behalf of the child, young person or family.
  • To build effective working relationships with other local children’s mental health providers including statutory and third sector CaMHS and support the development of pathways of support.


  • Responsible for safeguarding children and promoting the welfare of children and young people at all times and operating within local policies and procedures.
  • Under guidance and support taking appropriate safeguarding action to protect children and young people at risk of significant harm.
  • Under guidance and supervision to identify and support families in accessing Early Help Services.
  • To share appropriate information with parents/carers or other agencies regarding the child’s wellbeing and progress keeping within the boundaries of Confidentiality and Information Sharing protocols.

A Professional and Ethical Service

  • To maintain appropriate clinical notes and records on Lamplight and in line with The Link Policies and Procedures.
  • To undertake relevant Continuing Professional Development as required for the purposes of continued professional accreditation or registration and as identified through The Link’s professional development and Appraisal system.
  • To undertake clinical supervision and case management as per The Link’s supervision policy and in line with the appropriate professional body – BABCP
  • To work within The Link’s GDPR and Information Governance policies and procedures.
  • To ensure safe and secure working environment for self and others and to take action as necessary within Health and Safety and other guidelines.
  • To adhere to all The Link’s Policies, Procedures and Guidelines.
  • To promote and value the rights, responsibilities and diversity of people using the service.


  • Mapping/updating of existing local services for signposting and review/update existing service directory. Continue to welcome spotlight sessions for external providers during whole team meetings or attend their team meetings.
  • Engage caseload to increase effective stakeholder participation in service design and delivery and increase attendance at participation events/groups.
  • Regular promotion and marketing of children’s mental health, prevention and early intervention linking in with local/national campaigns
  • Work in partnership with The Link Charitable Trust

This job description is designed to identify principal responsibilities only. The post holder is required to be flexible in development of the role in accordance with changes in The Link’s organisational objectives and priorities.

**The work The Link CIC carries out within the social sector is very much a social approach, therefore to ensure safe working practices our organisation works hard to continuously monitor and review our delivery model and ensures our workers have a protected caseload at all times **

Person Specification

Case Management and Clinical Supervision


  • Under supervision demonstrates a willingness to challenge assumptions and practice and with guidance can provide alternative and creative solutions.
  • Demonstrates commitment to deliver high quality services.
  • Demonstrates a willingness to undertake clinical supervision and case management; also delivering clinical supervision and case management.
  • Shows responsibility for continuous professional development



  • Holds a recognised qualification through CYP IAPT in CWP or EMHP


  • Holds a recognised qualification through CYP IAPT in Supervision
  • Holds a Psychology or other Health/social care/youth related undergraduate degree
  • Holds a recognised membership of a relevant professional body (i.e. HCPC/BACP/BABCP/BAAT/UKCP/BPS)
  • Is accredited with a relevant professional body (i.e. HCPC/BACP/BABCP/BAAT/UKCP/BPS)

Therapeutic Practice


  • Demonstrates an understanding and ability to work with low-intensity CBT approaches and willing to support the implementation of The Link/ InsideOut MHST model and integrate within practice.
  • Demonstrates and understanding of assessment and risk
  • Shows a willingness to work flexibly to meet the needs of both service, children, young people and families and university requirements
  • Ability to work with an agreed caseload and manage agreed targets and performance measures
  • Demonstrates an understanding of childrens mental health



  • 2 years post qualification experience as a practising Education Mental Health Practitioner OR Childrens Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Experience of working with children and young people
  • Demonstrates an understanding of CYP IAPT
  • Experience of working within a childrens mental health service


  • Demonstrates an understanding of The Link/ InsideOut MHST service, including referral pathways and criteria for access

Partnership Working


  • Demonstrates an ability to effectively build and manage relationships with referrers both within schools and community
  • Strong working relationships with school leadership teams to support and maintain contracts
  • Demonstrates a consistently positive attitude to working within The Link/InsideOut MHST
  • Demonstrates a willingness to work collaboratively with children, young people and families
  • Has the willingness to work under supervision to develop good therapeutic relationships with children, young people and families.

Child Protection and Safeguarding


  • A clear understanding of LSCB policies and procedures and commitment to the safeguarding of children and young people

Personal Qualities/ Communication/ IT


  • Ability to work within a dynamic and developing service
  • Demonstration of self-motivation and motivation of others
  • Ability to work confidently and competently under pressure
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written and the ability to understand and respond to requirements of different audiences
  • Shares information, skills and practice when required
  • Excellent case recording, report writing and case presentation skills
  • Demonstrates competency in using The Google suite and Microsoft Office
  • Experience in using database systems to record sessions and notes

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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