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Education Wellbeing Practitioner
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Education Wellbeing Practitioner
Salary: £30,585 to £32,418 per annum | Based in Richmond | Permanent | Full-time

Achieving for Children recognise these are unprecedented times, but we continue to build capacity to support our most vulnerable groups. To do this we are continuing to attract talented professionals to join us as we continue to provide OUTSTANDING (Kingston ILACS Ofsted 2019) services.

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 looking for a qualified Educational Wellbeing Practitioner (EWP) to join our innovative and friendly Emotional Health Service in our established schools programme team.

This post will sit within CAMHS Trailblazer Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) in Richmond. This trailblazer team has been in place since September 2019 and consists of four Educational Wellbeing Practitioners (EWPs), 2 Band 6 CAMHS Practitioners, 1 Band 7 Mental Health Clinician for and a full time Clinical Lead.

The MHST work within a cluster of primary and secondary schools with a combined total population of 8,000 pupils each. MHSTs work jointly with schools and cluster leads to implement a whole school approach to mental health across the cluster, informed by the needs outlined on the cluster action plan. In Richmond, we have a specific focus on self-harming behaviours and related issues of depression and anxiety in the borough's school pupils.

The purpose of this post is to; 
  • Undertake assessments.
  • Deliver high quality CBT directed self-help low-level interventions to children and families (both group and 1:1).
  • Providing workshops and support for parents.
  • Providing consultations and training to school staff.
The post is full time, permanent and will involve working in schools across Richmond with touch down office space in Twickenham.

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 an EWP at AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as putting children and young people first.

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.

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

Please apply online including a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria for this post detailing what skills, knowledge, experience and abilities you can bring to the role, as outlined in the role profile

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Sarah Head, Service Lead for the MHST by emailing for an informal discussion.

Closing Date:13th August 2021
Interview Date: 7th August 2021

Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer, this extends to welcoming candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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.
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