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Children's Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP)

Organisation: 
Eikon / YMCA East Surrey
Job Description: 

An exciting new development has arisen as result of a government initiative to provide preventative interventions to children and young people who do not meet the normal thresholds for or will not engage with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Alongside working towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Child and Young Persons Psychological Wellbeing Practice at the Anna Freud Centre and Kings College, you will work directly with children and families with either the Eikon Charity or YMCA East Surrey. The direct clinical work will be based in a local school under the supervision of a CWP Supervisor.

4 posts:
• 2 West Byfleet based - The Eikon Charity
• 2 Redhill based - YMCA East Surrey.

About YMCA East Surrey
We’re a vibrant, local charity that helps vulnerable children, young people and adults to belong, contribute and thrive.
Our wide range of projects and activities aim to help create happy, healthy and connected communities in East Surrey.

About Eikon:
Eikon is a Surrey based charity that has been working in the local community for almost two decades, providing long-term support to some of the county’s most vulnerable young people and their families. Our vision is to develop happy, thriving and resilient young adults who can contribute positively to society.

Job Title:   Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP)

Days/Hours: Full time
CWPs receive an initial three days a week of University-led training, with a further two days a week allocated to work within their service under close supervision. During the second term, this changes to two days a week University training, with three days for CWPs to put their skills into practice within their service, supported by local supervisors and service development leads

Length of Contract:   Fixed Term 1 Year Training Contract

Location Redhill area (YMCA East Surrey) or West Byfeelt area (Eikon)

Rate of pay: £21,263.00

Responsible to:  CWP Service Manager

Main purpose of Job

This is a training role within the Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (CYP IAPT). The post-holder will work within a youth wellbeing team delivering, under supervision, high-quality, brief, outcome-focused, evidence-based interventions for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

The training and service experience will equip the post holder with the necessary knowledge, attitude and capabilities to operate effectively in an inclusive, value-driven service.

The post holder will attend all university based taught and self-study days required by the education provider, as specified within the agreed national curriculum and work in the service for the remaining days of the week using their newly developed skills.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

• Assess and deliver, under supervision, outcome-focused, psychoeducation to individuals or groups and evidence-based interventions to children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
• Working in partnership, support children, young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties and their families in the self-management of presenting difficulties, and in the development of plans for the intervention and agreed outcomes.
• Attend meetings relating to referrals or cases in treatment, where appropriate.
• Keep coherent records of all activity in line with service protocols and use these records and outcome data to inform decision making. Complete all requirements relating to data collection.
• Attend and fulfil all the requirements of the training element of the post including practical, academic and practice-based assessments.
Training
CWPs will undertake certificate level training for 1 year, hosted by Kings College London (KCL), to begin in January 2020 and subject to confirmation from HEE.
The CWPs will be trained over the course of a year to offer brief, outcome-focused, evidence-based interventions in the form of low intensity support and guided self-help to young people or parents of younger children who demonstrate mild/moderate:
• Anxiety (primary and secondary school age)
• Low mood (adolescents)
• Common behavioral difficulties (working with parents for under 8s)

Knowledge, Experience & Skills

Essential
• Evidence of working with children and young people with mental health difficulties
• Evidence of ability to study successfully at undergraduate level or the equivalent
• Demonstrates high standards in written communication
• Minimum of a second-class university degree
• Full UK driving license and access to car; must be willing to travel within a 25 mile radius of base

Desirable
• Training in nursing, social work, occupational therapy, counselling or within a specific psychological therapy
• Psychology or other health /social care/youth-related undergraduate degree
• Other relevant postgraduate degree
• Experience of working in mental health or related services
• Worked in a service where agreed targets in place to demonstrating outcomes
• Ability to manage own caseload and time

Please note: You will need to make a dual application to The Eikon Charity/YMCA East Surrey and to the university here https://apply.kcl.ac.uk/ Please follow the instructions in the KCL Application Guidance for the university application downloadable from our website.
If you are interested in finding out more or applying for the role, then please contact us at info@eikon.org.uk for an application form or go to www.eikon.org.uk  

Closing date for applications: 9am 28TH October 2019
Interviews W/C 4th November 2019

Start Date January 2020

YMCA East Surrey and the Eikon Charity are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.  The suitability of all prospective employees or volunteers will be assessed during the recruitment process

Full or Part Time: 
Full Time
Salary: 
£21,263
End Date - close of application: 
Monday, October 28, 2019
Contact Details: 

Please note: You will need to make a dual application to The Eikon Charity/YMCA East Surrey and to the university here https://apply.kcl.ac.uk/ Please follow the instructions in the KCL Application Guidance for the university application downloadable from our website.

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