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Children and Young Persons Practitioner

  • Full time
  • £21,500
  • Greenock Inverclyde
  • Closing 3rd August 2020

  • Advertised from 17th July 2020
  • Permanent 37 hours per week.


Giving children and young people the foundations they need to thrive.

The role

We have an exciting opportunity for two young person's practitioners to be part of the establishment and delivery of our School Aged Counselling Service, opening on 1st Sept 2020. Part of a brand-new initiative in Inverclyde you will work alongside a team of counsellors and through effective intervention, management of cases and assessment of needs you will ensure safe care and agreed positive outcomes with children aged 5-18yrs. The service will be delivered predominantly in a mix of primary and secondary schools across the area but also where necessary in homes and community settings.

As part of the role you will provide early help and targeted support to promote and improve the mental health, emotional resilience and wellbeing of children and young people aged 5 to 18 years who are negatively affected or at risk of being affected by poor mental health. The service will deliver a combination of preventative activities, early help groups, including Action for Children's evidence-based Blues Programme, and more intensive support including 1:1 supports.

You will be work as part of a skilled team including counsellors and will establish close working arrangements with schools and NHS services including CAMHS.

You will make a difference by:

-Delivering a high-quality service to children, young people and their families, based on an assessment of need and is outcomes driven.

-Working as part of a team or a wider multi-disciplinary setting.

-Demonstrating the ability to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.

-Supporting and understanding transitions for children and young people.

-Understanding and reflecting in daily practice and outcome focussed approach to working with children and young people.

-Engaging with young people and their families within the realms of confidentiality.

-Helping children and young people better understand their own behaviours and emotions whilst building positive relationships.

You will need:

-SVQ Level 3 (or SVQ Level 2 and working towards level 3) or HNC in discipline relating to Children and Young People e.g. Health and Social Care or Mental Health.

-Experience of working to support emotional wellbeing and good mental health with children and young people.

-Working within a multi-agency social care, schools, early years or health environment and applying safeguarding procedures.

-Ability to keep the child and or young people as the focus and ensure their feelings and wishes are represented in meetings and record keeping.

The way we work

We work to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. Have a look at our behaviours and values to understand more about the way we work here.


We want our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, a comprehensive employer-matched pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts on our dedicated benefits portal. Find out more about our exclusive Action for Children benefits here.

For safe and happy childhoods

At Action for Children, we protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. Last year, we helped more than 387,000 children and families across the UK.

Application notes

For further information and to apply, please visit our website

Closing date: 3 August 2020

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.

Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons particularly people with Disabilities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.