Achieving for Children is an award-winning social enterprise created by Kingston and Richmond Councils in 2014, expanding into the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead in 2017. We are responsible for delivering the entirety of children’s services in all three local authorities.
Achieving for Children has been up and running for four years, and in that time we have established a reputation as one of the leading children’s services providers in the country. We are one of the Department for Education’s eight ‘Partners in Practice’, tasked with leading improvement across the sector.
We are looking to appoint a Play and Creative Arts Therapist and/or a Counsellor to work within the Wellbeing Team. Wellbeing Practitioner posts have been evaluated nationally as being effective in getting early help and building resilience for children and young people with emerging mental health needs. The post will include holistic discussions and individual mental health assessments, followed by shared decision making with young people and their families to lead to evidence based focused interventions, supported signposting and training. As part of the Early Help services we work closely with schools, a wide range of early help, social care and CAMHS services, facilitating excellent partnership working. The post holder will also support staff in schools, and other professionals working with children and young people.
Main purpose of position:
- Be an integral part of Children’s Services, delivering high quality services to schools, children/young people and their families.
- Support the Educational Psychology and School Support Teams through working with a range of schools, and other agencies/services, including the NHS. The role is community based.
- Prompt and early assessments of children and young people who are exhibiting emotional, behavioural and or emergent mental health difficulties to identify appropriate services and interventions.
- Work in partnership with young person and their family to ensure the chosen option meets their needs.
- Contribute to the planning and delivery of training to schools to promote mental health and emotional wellbeing of children, families and the school community.
- Plan and deliver a range of evidenced-based interventions to individual children and/or groups, including, but not exclusively Play Therapy, Counselling, Mindfulness and specialist parenting groups (e.g. anxiety).
- Contribute to Achieving for Children strategic aims for vulnerable children and East Berkshire’s Local Transformation Plan outcomes.
The Wellbeing Team has a highly successful track record of year on year demand for a range of services from schools. By joining us you have the opportunity to be a part of developing creative solutions, training and interventions. We have strong links with a number of universities and are keen to promote innovative projects, including research developments.
You will need a recognised professional qualification in the field of mental health, such as a Graduate/Post Graduate Certificate in Play and Creative Arts Therapy, Filial Therapy or Counselling and meet the requirements of membership of the relevant professional accrediting body i.e. PTUK or BAPT.
If you have a passion for making a positive difference, a keenness to improve the learning opportunities and emotional wellbeing for our children, this could be the perfect match for you.
For an informal discussion please contact Rebecca Askew, Senior Specialist Educational Psychologist – Wellbeing, on 01628 796688 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check.
Closing date: 15 December 2019
Interviews: 20 December 2019