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Job description

This is Fixed Term contract for 9 months , Interviews to be held on 17 th July 2020

The Team

The POWER project is made up of a multi-disciplinary and multi-skilled team, developing early interventions to prevent the escalation of children's mental health needs and reduce the risk of offending, or the need more specialist services such as Tier 4 inpatient provision. Identifying and introducing supportive measures for young people showing early stage markers of distress, enabling them to remain in mainstream education and supporting families seeking assistance.

The Role

Mental Health and Justice Workers will carry out both 1-1 direct work with young people and upskill other professionals to enable capacity building, increased understanding and implement better strategies.

With an accredited professional qualification and evidence of excellent practice, participation in casework, recording and assessment. Strong partnership working is essential for this role as it will operate in a multi-agency environment and across 3 local authorities, so the need to be flexible and develop innovative ways of working is key.

Duties include
  • Responsible for providing early interventions for children and young people displaying early indicators of potential mental ill health, to prevent escalation to more specialist services. This includes assessment plans, reviews, reports writing and signposting for onward referrals.
  • Responsible for developing a family approach, signposting to relevant agencies and the voluntary sector, enabling parents to seek support for themselves.
  • Contribute to identifying unmet need around young people's mental health, leading to whole system change. Analyse and assess the effectiveness of key interventions, recording these to monitor success of outcomes.
  • Establish plans which provide sufficient change in young persons' behaviour to enable them to remain in a mainstream educational setting.
  • Develop and deliver bespoke upskill programmes across the system, including consultancy, to enable capacity building within educational settings, residential children's homes, YOS, children's social care and pupil referral units.
  • Cultivate innovative ways of working, testing new initiatives, which assist in the development and implementation of protocols.
  • Work collaboratively with children's mental health services, Youth Offending Service (YOS), children's social care, adopting a multi-agency approach with Police, Health and others.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

Knowledge, skills and experience
  • Possesses an accredited degree or diploma level, professional qualification in the following areas, youth and community, social work, mental health, nursing, occupational therapy, special educational needs and teaching, or probation.
  • Evidence of significant continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area, delivering assurance around practice and participation in casework, recording and supervision.
  • Evidence of direct engagement with young people, with successful delivery of 1-1 and indirect interventions.
  • Proven ability to work within an evidence informed framework, with knowledge and understanding of criminogenic factors, causing young people to offend.
  • Significant experience of building strong partnerships, which are collaborative and influential in their nature and engender delivery.
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of vulnerability and safeguarding protocols.
  • Experience of developing and delivering bespoke training and consultancy.
  • Evidence of being an effective catalyst for change, early in young peoples' lives.

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide 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 ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit: https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link: https://www.workingforessex.com/benefits/

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Recruitment Team on 03330135888
Job Sector
Health & Medicine
Job Position
Registered Mental Health Nurse
Estimated Salary
£39,168.00 - £47,405.00
Chelmsford, UK Show on map
Post date
Closing date

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