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Wellbeing Practitioner (6565)

Social Care

Salary: Circa £25,758 per annum which includes Islands Allowance 

Contract/Hours: Permanent, full-time (working 37 hours a week)  

Location: Outer Hebrides / Western Isles

Perks: Annual leave of 29 days (pro-rata) PLUS public holidays, flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages, annual staff awards, 7% employer contribution pension scheme, employee discount portal with all your favourite brands, check out more on our careers portal. 

Closing Date: Midnight on 2nd February 2022 - if we receive a high number of applications, we may have to close earlier than advertised. 

We're thrilled that you're considering a career with Action for Children so here's what you need to know…. 

About Us 

At Action for Children, we believe that every child should have a safe and happy childhood. Last year, we helped more than 600,000 children and families across the UK. We work to ensure their voices are heard, and campaign to bring lasting change to their lives. 

About the Role: 

Our service provides support to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people. Evidence shows that an early support model of delivery is most likely to deliver sustainable improvements and prevent escalation to CAMHS or counselling referrals. Action for Children have established services across the Outer Hebrides and offer regular supervision for all staff along with access to relevant training resources.

The service will be based in the 4 secondary schools across the Western Isles and aims to improve the mental and emotional health of our children and young people, promoting wellbeing and resilience.

We have 2 positions available – 1 to be based 4 days a week on Lewis and 1 on Harris and the other to be based for 3.5 days a week on Uist and 1.5 days on Barra.

As a Wellbeing Practitioner, you'll be: 

  • Delivering wellbeing support, led by the needs of children/young people.
  • Working directly with children and young people, who can self-refer, referred from guidance staff or from partner agencies, on a 121 basis as well as through group sessions.
  • Focussing on resilience in relation to key themes such as anxiety, friendships, attendance, behaviour, mental health, physical health, impact of poverty as well as specific needs such as substance misuse, domestic violence and bereavement.
  • Working with families as needed.
  • Using CBT-based programmes (full training will be provided).

What You'll Bring: 

Our job description for the Wellbeing Practitioner outlines the requirements of the role but the ‘must-haves' are: 

  • Ideally an HNC or degree in a relevant subject.
  • An understanding of the mental health issues faced by children and you people.
  • Experience of working with children and young people.
  • Experience of working in partnership with other agencies.
  • Knowledge of working to accredited programmes.
  • The ability to produce written reports to agreed standards and formats.
  • Access to a car. The job requires the ability to travel according to the needs of the job, with reasonable adjustments, if required, according to the Equality Act.

Working here is so much more than a job. Whether this is a career change for you or the next step in your journey, we'd love to hear from you. 

We work together to reach our vision of safe and happy childhoods. A diverse workforce enriches the lives of the children and young people we work with and we welcome applications from everyone. We value and celebrate our differences and as an inclusive workplace we want everyone to be themselves. 

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice. 

We can't wait to hear from you – stay safe and happy.  

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Application Process: There are 5 sections for you to complete:

Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information, Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration. 

Top Tip... Refer to the job description when writing your Supporting Statement.  

Interview Date: Wednesday, 9th February – this date can change in special circumstances, but we do our best to stick to this. 

Talent Pool: We'd like to hold your details in case similar jobs come up but do let us know if you'd rather we didn't.  

Contact: Emma Goodwin on 01923 361725 who will be happy to support with your application. 

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