Job Description

Salary: £24,800 pro rata plus £1,700 Island Allowance,

Location: Lionacleit school in Uist, Western Isles

Contract/Hours: Permanent / Part Time – 30 hours per week (across 4 days)

Benefits: 29 days annual leave PLUS bank holidays, Blue Light card, excellent training and developments opportunities, professional qualifications, excellent training and development opportunities, flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages, up to 7% employer contribution pension, discount portal with your favourite brands.

Vulnerable children in the UK need your help

Wherever you work in the Action for Children family, you’ll be helping to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK.

Last year, we helped more than 670,000 children and families across the UK. From direct work in communities to national campaigning, we are focused on making sure every child has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive.

Why Action for Children?

Working here is more than a job. Everyone in the Action for Children family is passionate about protecting and supporting children. It’s the sense of purpose that drives us every single day. Because we know that, when we work together, we can make a huge difference to bring lasting improvements to vulnerable children’s lives.

A bit about the role

Our service provides support to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people. Evidence shows that an early support model of delivery is most likely to deliver sustainable improvements and prevent escalation to CAMHS or counselling referrals. Action for Children have established services across the Outer Hebrides and offer regular supervision for all staff along with access to relevant training resources.

The service will be based in Uist and aims to improve the mental and emotional health of our children and young people, promoting wellbeing and resilience.

How you’ll help to create brighter futures

Some key responsibilities for the Wellbeing Practitioner role are;

  • Delivering wellbeing support, led by the needs of children/young people.
  • We deliver 1-1 support and run groups for the young people.
  • Working directly with children and young people, who can self-refer, referred from guidance staff or from partner agencies, on a 121 basis as well as through group sessions.
  • Focussing on resilience in relation to key themes such as anxiety, friendships, attendance, behaviour, mental health, physical health, impact of poverty as well as specific needs such as substance misuse, domestic violence and bereavement.
  • Working with families as needed.
  • Using CBT-based programmes, The Blues, Bounce back and Decider skills (full training will be provided).

Let’s talk about you

  • Ideally an HNC or degree in a relevant subject.
  • An understanding of the mental health issues faced by children and young people.
  • Experience of working with children and young people.
  • Experience of working in partnership with other agencies.
  • Knowledge of working to accredited programmes.
  • The ability to produce written reports to agreed standards and formats.
  • Access to a car. The job requires the ability to travel according to the needs of the job, with reasonable adjustments, if required, according to the Equality Act.

Good to know

Please note we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this role.


Diversity, equality, and inclusion

At Action for Children, we’re dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic, and disabled candidates as they are under-represented within Action for Children. We want to take deliberate and purposeful action to ensure equal opportunity to all groups in society and for Action for Children.

Don’t meet every single requirement?

If you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with the job description, we’d love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within the Action for Children family.

Male staff are under-represented within our Children Service roles. We would like to encourage more male applicants for our Children Service roles.

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Source – Wellbeing Jobs – 2023 |