- Full Time
Are you passionate about the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people?
Are you looking for an exciting new opportunity to learn new skills to support children and young people in achieving their potential?
Swindon Trailblazer (Project Me) is looking for 3 highly motivated individuals to train as Education Mental Health Practitioners to join existing Mental Health Support Teams across schools in Swindon.
In line with the government's priority to increase access and availability of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people, the new Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) role is an exciting opportunity to deliver evidence-based early interventions for children and young people, working across both educational settings and healthcare sectors in England.
Successful candidates will be employed on a full-time basis by and based with Swindon Trailblazer where the Mental Health Support Teams are located to deliver mental health support across a range of educational settings in the region. Successful candidates will be expected to attend a full-time educational programme delivered specifically for the role in partnership with the University of Exeter (PG Dip or Dip in Education Mental Health Practice).
For this post you will be employed by Barnardos and recruited to a Project Worker One (NHS Band 4 equivalent) post while in training, with guaranteed employment on qualification, and a progression to a Project Worker Two post (NHS Band 5 equivalent).
Applicants for a trainee position must demonstrate in their application:
- An ability to work at degree level or have an equivalent level of relevant experience, with a proven record of previous learning or formal study in child development, wellbeing or mental health.
- Extensive experience of working with children and young people.
- An understanding of the educational system in England.
- Good verbal and written communication skills to enable effective working across a range of education setting.
The training programme for this post starts in September 2021, is 12 months in duration and will consist of academic and supervised practice learning across mental health services and educational settings, such as primary and secondary schools, and further education colleges.
Delivery of the programme will be provided through a combination of taught days at Exeter University, independent self-guided study days and experience gained in education wellbeing and mainstream mental health services. It is expected that there will be approximately 30 days during the year that face-to-face attendance at Exeter University will be required; expenses for travel to Exeter will be paid according to Barnardo's Expenses Policy. During training, the post-holder will work under supervision to gain experience across healthcare and educational settings to enable them to gain the level of competence required to deliver high-quality, evidence-based early interventions for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems.
Please find attached an additional information sheet, person/role specification and a generic Project Worker 1 Job Description.
When completing your application please refer to your skills knowledge and experience in relation to the Person Specification, Job Description and Additional Information document. This should be done with an understanding of the context of the service described.
At Barnardo's we believe in children no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Please read about our basis and values following the link below. You will be asked questions relating to them as part of the recruitment process for this role.
Barnardo's is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce for staff and volunteers. We actively encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and male candidates as they are under-represented within Barnardo's.