Brighter Futures for Children
37 hours per week – 2 Year Fixed Term Contract
Some flexible working required depending on service needs
Brighter Futures for Children is an independent, not-for-profit-company, wholly owned by Reading Borough Council. Our responsibility is to deliver quality children's services, early help, education and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services to children and families in Reading.
We are looking to recruit to a new multi-disciplinary team, who will use a trauma-informed, systemic approach with adolescents ages 10-17 years where the primary concern is their emotional and mental health and who are not attending school or are only attending part-time. This approach requires flexibility and adaptability, and above all a passion for working with children and young people in educational settings.
Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) is a term used to describe the behaviours of a group of children and young people who have severe difficulty in attending school due to emotional factors, often resulting in prolonged absences from school.
You will be part of this new team and your role will involve
- Working in ‘co-production’ with the young person, family members, school staff, school systems and the wider professional network
- Working in a flexible manner, paying attention to individual and contextual factors and uncovering some of the functions served by school avoidance
- Supporting children, young people, schools and families to understand reasons for non-attendance and emphasising the need for a rapid return to school alongside good support, reasonable adjustments, and adaptations within the school environment
You should hold one of the following:
- a psychology degree
- have completed an approved conversion course
- have completed a master’s degree
and eligible for the British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).
You should also have experience of working with children and young people within an educational, health, social care, youth justice, childcare or community setting, particularly those with mental health issues.
Internal candidates may apply, but must seek agreement before applying from their Line Manager for the secondment.
For more information and a confidential discussion please contact Corina Crowley on 07789996272
If you are interested in this role, please complete the application form by clicking on ‘apply online’ button below.
Closing date for applications is Monday 13th December 2021
Interview Date – 10th and 11th January 2022.