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Children's Wellbeing Practitioner

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year plus HCAS
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) has an exciting job opportunity in the Children's Wellbeing Practitioner Service for a qualified Children's Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) or Education Mental Health Practitioner. Your office base will be in Stevenage and you will be expected to cover the North of Hertfordshire. We are looking for a qualified, highly motivated, innovative individual to work in a growing diverse team of Children's Wellbeing Practitioners.

The Children's Wellbeing Practitioner Team comprises of qualified Children's Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs), trainee CWPs, a trainee Senior Wellbeing Practitioner (SWP), CWP Supervisor and the Service Development Lead.

Please note that in order to be considered for this job you need to have completed the Children's Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) or Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) training. In addition, a full valid driving license and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010). You will need business insurance.

Interviews will take place on either 28th May (am) or 30th May 2024 (pm)

Main duties of the job

The individual recruited to this position will be expected to complete assessments, deliver 1-1 and group interventions and workshops as well as completing triage and attending a range of meetings and community engagement events as necessary. Some evening work will be required for the facilitation of workshops and group work. When delivering evening work you will accumulate Time off in lieu (TOIL) or you can work flexibly on that day.

About us

A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust. You'll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staff.

We put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision.Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision.

HCTis committed to being an equal opportunities employer and in order to reflect the diversity of its population, positively encourages applications from all areas of the community. We aim to be a representative organisation with regards to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, beliefs and sexual orientation and are fully committed to equality, diversity and human rights and encourage applications from all sections of the community.

You've made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we're looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.

We don't want you to miss out so we'd like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply now

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Job description

Job responsibilities

You will use your previous training as a CWP or EMHP to deliver low level mental health interventions to adolescents and the parents of children presenting with mild-moderate anxiety, low mood and behaviours that challenge. As part of this role you will be expected to triage referrals, complete initial assessments, risk assess, deliver 1-1 and group interventions, and facilitate workshops.

There will be occasions where you may be asked to work flexibly e.g. running workshops and groups after 5pm and working across more than one area when needed. Therefore, please note it is essential you have a full driving license, have access to a car and that you are confident and comfortable driving.

You will be expected to work towards set targets and use your initiative to meet the needs of the service and children and young people we serve. This role would suit applicants keen to progress their career as a CWP, working therapeutically with children and families.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • A postgraduate qualification in Child and Young Persons Psychological Wellbeing Practice
  • Evidence of working with children and young people with mental health difficulties


  • Training in nursing, social work, occupational therapy, counselling or within a specific psychological therapy
  • A minimum of a second-class bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology)
  • Other relevant postgraduate degree

Experience and Knowledge


  • Experience of providing manualised guided self-help to children and young people and parents/carers
  • Demonstrates an understanding of how mild to moderate anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties may present
  • Experience of completing initial assessments and formulations
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding Children policies and procedures
  • Ability to triage and understand which needs the service can best support
  • Experience of working as a Children's Wellbeing Practitioner or an Education Mental Health Practitioner


  • Experience of delivering group interventions
  • Experience of facilitating workshops

Skills and Abilities


  • Demonstrates high standards in written and verbal communication
  • Team Player
  • Ability to personally manage a sensitive, traumatic and potentially emotionally distressing caseload.
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time effectively and prioritise workload
  • Ability to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Ability to develop good professional relationships with colleagues inside and beyond the service
  • Ability to use supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality
  • Ability to be adaptable, agile and use initiative to meet service objectives
  • Empathy & understanding of service user issues


  • Able to speak a second language or trained in British Sign Language second language
  • Experience of making adjustments for children/young people with additional needs

Personal qualities


  • Willingness to uphold the Trust's values
  • Strong organisational & time management skills
  • Ability to plan and deliver key objectives within strict timetables
  • Willingness to undertake further Trust training
  • An awareness and commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity

Other requirements


  • Full, enhanced and current satisfactory DBS disclosure for the role
  • Eligible to live and work in the UK
  • Hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust


Starfish House

3 North Road



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