Children's Mental Health Co-ordinator - Working for Essex
Salary: £45,217 to £54,395 per annum
Closing date: 04 Jun 2024
Location: Colchester
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 16902
Role: Social Care
About the role

Children's Mental Health Co-ordinator

Permanent, Full Time

£45,217 to £54,395 per annum

Location: Colchester

Working Style: Community-based worker

Closing Date: 4th June 2024

Children and Families service is recognised as a service in which practice can develop and prosper, with a culture of collaboration, integrity, and compassion; promoting development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families; protecting them from neglect and abuse. Working together with partners delivering a range of early help, family support and effective interventions which build resilience, remove barriers, and enable children and families to look forward to a brighter future.

The Child Mental Health Worker will deliver creative and dynamic support for children and young people, who are experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties. This will include using a range of therapeutic interventions that will take into account the holistic needs of the family.

We currently have two vacancies covering the Colchester and Clacton areas 

The Experience You Will Bring

· Hold an accredited degree or diploma level, professional qualification in mental health nursing or equivalent and evidence of excellent practice, participation in casework, recording and assessment.

· Significant experience of working with a range of therapeutic intervention models with children and young people.

· Strong track record of engagement with children and young people, with successful delivery of 1-1 and indirect interventions.

· Evidence of being a catalyst for change in children, young people and their families’ lives.

· Deep knowledge and understanding of vulnerability and safeguarding protocols.

· Initiate and support new and innovative ways of working to engage children, young people and their families in partnership with colleagues, and/or other front-line professionals and third sector partners.

· Deliver advice, support and consultation in respect of children and young people’s mental health issues, perspectives and frameworks to colleagues and other professionals.

· Raise knowledge and awareness of child and adolescent mental health issues and preventative strategies across the service.

· Responsible for maintaining up to date records of activity on case files, produce reports, attend court and give verbal presentations as required. Where applicable, actively participate in relevant meeting regarding the family.

· Build strong working relationships across the organisation and partner agencies.

· Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

To read more about us please visit: Children & Families

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The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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