Job Description

Would you like to join our team as a Project Worker in Barnardo’s Cymru, working across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, with young people aged 14 – 25 years, in our First Episode Psychosis Service?

Young People experiencing a first episode of psychosis, can require intense support to help them recover and prevent a further relapse. Working alongside their medical and therapeutic care, we provide a service to assist in their social recovery.

Who are the First Episodes Psychosis Service?

The Service is funded through Cardiff and Vale University Health Board to work across the locality, as part of the Youth Psychosis Service, ‘HeadRoom’.  The service is an innovative and integrated partnership between the National Health Service (NHS) and Barnardo’s.

The service works to develop targeted, goal focused support plans with young people that are person centred and aimed towards enabling them to access mainstream and specialist services. The service aims to enable children and young people to develop their life skills, reach their potential, develop resilience and recovery in their mental health.

What does the Job Role involve?

You will use an assertive community outreach approach to engage and support young people. As part of this role your duties will include:

  • Working 1:1 with young people and deliver group activity sessions helping them achieve goal focussed positive outcomes.
  • Supporting young people to access community services and resources including access to education, employment or training.
  • Participating in key identified training.
  • Supporting the development and raising awareness of the service.
  • Developing and maintaining stakeholder relationships with young people, families, organisations and agencies.
  • Managing your own case load.
  • Support the maintenance of excellent service records and data.
  • Support the preparation of timely service reports.

You will have:  (Essential Criteria)

  • Experience working with vulnerable young people with mental health difficulties and knowledge of the issues affecting their lives.
  • Experience of planning, evaluating and undertaking individual and group work interventions with children young people and families.
  • Experience of preparing and maintaining accurate records, reports and evaluations, assessments and risk assessments.
  • Experience safeguarding children young people and vulnerable adults.
  • Experience of working across a range of agencies, developing positive partnerships and pathways necessary to support sustainable long term improvements for the individual.

Additional Information:

Please include as much relevant detail in your application to demonstrate how you fulfil the requirements of our Project Worker job role, as outlined above and in the Job Description/Personal Specification.  Experience can be from previous employment, education, training, volunteering etc.

When completing your application please refer to your skills knowledge and experience in relation to the Person Specification, Job Description and Additional Information document (if applicable). This should be done with an understanding of the context of the service described.

Although this contract has a permanent status, please be aware that this post is subject to continued funding and therefore should this funding not be extended further, you may be subject to a redundancy consultation or a TUPE arrangement.

Within Barnardo’s the job title for this role is Project Worker 1, this will appear on the job description.

Need more information?

If you require any further information about this opportunity, please contact Hayley Smith on 029 2057 7074.

Barnardo’s offers a hybrid working model covered under our `Work from Anywhere’ Framework, therefore vacancies advertised with this as an opportunity are open for applicants to either work from home or any location within the UK, including Barnardo’s Hub/Office that is a reasonable distance from your home address.


Barnardo’s believe in creating equality of opportunity in the workplace and supporting people to manage their work-life balance; we are therefore open to offering flexible working arrangements.

About Barnardo’s

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 candidates as they are under-represented within Barnardo’s.

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