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Child & Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner
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Child & Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner
Salary - £34,794 - £37,842 | Based in Kingston/ Twickenham | Fixed term for 1 year  |  36 hours

There’s never been a better time to join Achieving for Children (AfC), we were awarded OUTSTANDING in our October 2019 Kingston Ofsted inspection.

If you have the skills that will enable us to continue to enhance our practice and improve outcomes for children further,  we want to hear from you. We are looking for bright, enthusiastic people who have the passion and the drive to make a positive difference to children’s lives. By recognising and championing strengths we know we can make a real difference. It’s a genuine team effort in AfC. That’s why we want talented people, like you, to join us and help create a brighter future for children and families. 

About the role

We are currently recruiting four Child & Adolescent Mental Health Practitioners to be part of our exciting new Mental Health Support Team in Schools. These are exciting new roles which will sit between our new Education Well-being Practitioners and Mental Health Clinicians within the team. 

As a Child & Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner your duties will include:
  • Undertaking child mental health assessments and delivering high quality therapy to children and families in schools and other community venues.
  • Providing consultations to a wide range of school staff 
  • Providing training to school staff on mental health topics
We have the following role opportunities: 
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner for Richmond secondary schools (experience of SEND beneficial)
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner for Richmond primary schools (music / drama / art therapist)
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner for Kingston secondary schools (experience working with self harm)
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner for Kingston primary schools (experience of SEND beneficial)
About AfC
We are a not-for-profit social enterprise owned by three local authorities (Kingston, Richmond and Windsor & Maidenhead), we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. To find out more about us click here

About you
To be a Child & Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner for AfC you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people. In addition we will expect you to demonstrate the following points:
  • Qualifications as a therapist as per the job profile
  • Experience working with children and adolescents with mental health problems, ideally in CAMHS
  • You are passionate and driven
We offer you high quality support and development opportunities. Our learning and development offer was highlighted as a key strength by Ofsted when they visited in October 2019. The schools team is closely linked with the Emotional Health Service and you will benefit from working with the wider multi-disciplinary team and their CPD opportunities.

About our benefits
When you join AfC you will have access to:
  • Positive and supportive working environments - We have a highly supportive working environment in which managers are challenging and supporting in equal measures. 
  • Positive work-life balance - Access to employee benefits and support forms part of our health and wellbeing offer.
  • A competitive salary and access to LA pension scheme - Our salaries are benchmarked against other local authorities.
  • A range of staff benefits and discounts managed via your own app - Staff can enjoy a wide range of discounts on sports and leisure activities and everyday shopping through AfC My Place.
  • Professional reflective supervision - Regular, high-quality reflective supervision which helps to build confidence is available to all. 
  • Strong Management - A strong performance management culture, with an equally strong focus on practice learning is embedded across the organisation. 
  • A fantastic learning and development offer - A clearly set out and accessible learning and development pathway, offering an extensive range of training and learning opportunities is accessible for all. This includes funding for post qualifying courses.
To find out about all of the breadth of benefits of working for Achieving for Children click here 

Start dates
Achieving for Children have fixed start dates, candidates are advised to prepare for this should a job offer be accepted to ensure eligible continuous service is not affected.

To apply

Before applying please refer to the role profile and ensure you meet the essential criteria. You will then need to complete the online application, adding a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria outlined on the role profile. Please state in your application if you are applying for particular roles.

If you would like more information about this role please see our role profile.

If you would like to find out more about these exciting opportunities please contact Jo Steer (Head of Service) on or Hully Wolderufael (Clinical Specialist for Schools Programme and Psychotherapist) on 

(COVID-19) - information for job applicants

Given the ongoing situation, we have not set a closing date for this job vacancy. We are unable to currently advise when interviews will be arranged. We feel that this is the correct and responsible decision to make in these exceptional circumstances in view of:
  • increased demand on the time of the council staff in response to the pandemic·
  • the need to support more vigilant public health measures.
We appreciate that applicants will want further information. However, as this is an unprecedented situation, arrangements for undertaking these interviews will require careful consideration.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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. 
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