Behaviour Support Professional and Mental Health Project Worker
Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK
Hours: Full Time, Part-time (4day week) and term time only options will be considered
Our client is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. Their recruitment and selection process reflects this commitment.
This role is largely focused on planning and delivery of their mental Health awareness project called Make Me Smile, a project that builds an understanding of mental health amongst primary aged children. 3 days of your week will be dedicated to the project. For the other 2 days, you will be part of our wider team delivering 1:1 interventions for children and young people (aged 4-18), and their families. This varied role will give you the opportunity to work within a fast paced, award winning psychology service, with children facing a wide range of issues.
Training will be provided on how to successfully deliver Make Me Smile, and you will work under the guidance of the Project Leader, as well as the Team Leader. This project is delivered to Year 6 children in primary schools across Oxfordshire, who then facilitate a peer-to-peer session for Year 3 children in their school, based on the project structure. This creates a filtration of coping strategies throughout the school. The same children are used as ambassadors for the school system to help create understanding, a whole school awareness and a support network. You will need to feel confident delivering the sessions to entire classes, alongside meeting with key professionals in schools to raise awareness of the project and support its implementation.
You will be working as part of a larger team, but will also frequently be on your own, delivering the project and carrying out sessions with young people. Each young person is allocated a ‘case team’ of staff and you will work under the guidance of the case lead, as well as your supervisor. It is crucial that you are able to communicate clearly to school staff, young people, and their parents/foster carers. You will be required to work within the young person’s home, their community, and at the young person’s school. Some of the families you will be supporting will have complex living situations, and may be open to social services. You will need to feel confident in being a key point of stability in the lives of these families.
Training will be provided to support you with the psychological aspects of the provision, but you will be expected to have experience of working with young people, ideally in a school or residential setting. You must be motivated to work with young people, especially those that sometimes appear distant or disinterested. You will demonstrate experiences of being a positive and persuasive presence in the life of young people.
Occasionally, you may be involved in the transition of a young person into a new school, or you may be asked to support the school and your case team to implement behaviour management strategies to ensure success of the placement.
You may be given time to conduct some research into the latest behavioural support techniques as we are always seeking to improve our service. You will need to combine creativity and analytical ability with an eye for detail. As a member of the charity, you will be asked to support the production and organisation of various fundraising events and conferences; contribute to publications of One-Eighty such as our Annual Report and understand the ethos and culture of working within a charity.
The role is as demanding as it is rewarding and exciting. No day will be the same, and no young person we work with leaves unchanged.
To be considered for the Behaviour Support Professional and Mental Health Project Worker position, you will have t he following knowledge, skills and attributes:
- Education or training in a relevant subject area e.g., psychology courses, youth work, education
- Experience of working with children with a range of challenging behaviours
- An ability to effectively communicate with school staff to enthuse them and set expectations for the Make Me Smile project
- A strong presence and confidence in standing in front of a class, and delivering Make Me Smile to Year 6 children and school staff
- A desire to work on the project, and directly with young people for most of your working week
- A passion for better mental health awareness among young people, and for the Make Me Smile project
- Ability to evidence an understanding of the need to safeguard children and young people including adhering to policies and procedures
- Experience of effective teamwork
- Ability to show resilience and clear thinking when working with challenging young people
- Competent use of MS Office Suite
- A Full UK driving licence and access to a car, able to acquire business insurance to allow you to transport young people
Start Date: 4th June 2018 (flexible)
Interview Date: From 23rd April 2018
If you feel you are suitable for their Behaviour Support Professional and Mental Health Project Worker position, please apply now where you will be taken through to their external site where at the bottom of the page you will be able to download an application form for the position and view the full description.
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