Youth Justice Mental Health Practitioner

Employer
Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Redhill
Salary
£35,391 to £42,503 a year Incl 5% Fringe HCAS
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Profession
Practitioner
Service
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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Are you looking for a new challenge where you can make a difference in the lives of vulnerable young people aged 10-18 with offending behaviour? To assist young people who are also at risk of exploitation, County Lines, substance misuse and have complex needs, to overcome the obstacles they face and to achieve their potential.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker to join Surrey & Borders NHS Foundation Trust (SABP) in the newly transformed Reaching Out service as part of the Assertive Engagement Pathway. Reaching Out service focuses on engaging and supporting the most isolated and vulnerable children and young people through a multi-agency network.

We are looking for clinicians who are creative, highly motivated, show initiative and are passionate and committed for ensuring high quality services for people with mental health needs.

There are 2 full-time posts covering the county of Surrey with SABP bases across the county. SABP are offering a Golden Hello of £1,000, On appointment you will receive a payment of £500 in the first months pay. After 12 months the second payment will be made on the first year anniversary of employment in the existing role the employee joined our Trust. Full T&C's are attached.

Main duties of the job

To manage a caseload of young people referred to the service, working collaboratively with the Youth Justice Service to provide consultations and mental health assessments for young people.

To build a trusting relationship to develop a deeper understanding of the needs of young people and be able to signpost or refer to more appropriate services. This role will involve outreach into the community to meet young people in their own or choice of environment.

To work in partnership with young people, families/ carers and the Youth Justice Serviceregarding decision making and planning to help them to make informed decisions, to enable them to clarify and express their needs and to co-produce solutions.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Excellent opportunities will be available for training and professional development both locally, within SABP network and across the entire alliance including the Tavistock and Portman.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job responsibilities

My job makes better lives by supporting vulnerable children and young people where there are multi-agency concerns about their ability to access emotional wellbeing and mental health support which could significantly enhance their ability to reach their full potential. My role will be vital in working closely with other services and agencies in engaging vulnerable children and young people across Surrey who are at risk of or engaging in the following:

Offending behaviour

CSE

County lines

Substance misuse or involvement

Homelessness

Job Overview

This role will be part of the Assertive Engagement Pathway within the Reaching Out Service. The Reaching Out service focuses on engaging and supporting the most isolated and vulnerable children and young people through a multi-agency network.

You will work collaboratively with the Youth Justice Service within a borough/ locality to provide consultation for the team and to assist young people to fulfil their potential and to make a successful transition to adulthood.

You will have demonstrable expertise working with children and young people aged between 10 and 25. A key part of this role is building relationships and trust with children and young people. An important requirement of a successful candidate is the ability to creatively adapt their approach to engage with each individual and be approachable, friendly and tenacious. Through building a trusting relationship, the Reaching Out Mental Health Practitioner will be able to develop a deeper understanding of the needs of the children and young people and being able to signpost or refer to more appropriate services. This role will involve outreach into the community to meet children and young people in their own environments.

Job Purpose

To manage a caseload of young people referred to the service in order to assist them to overcome the obstacles they face and to achieve their potential. These young people are already working with the Youth Justice Service.

Work in partnership with young people, families/ carers and the Youth Justice Service regarding decision making and planning to help them to make informed decisions, to enable them to clarify and express their needs and to co-produce solutions.

Key Responsibilities

The post holder will work closely with the Youth Justice Service during office hours. You will also work in collaboration with CAMHS Forensic Community and our Criminal Justice, Liaison and Diversion Team.

You will respond to requests for Youth Justice Service consultation and when referred, you will assess and jointly case manage young people presenting with emerging mental health difficulties and/or behavioural /neurodevelopmental needs.

* Work in accordance with SABP policies and procedures to safeguard and promote the welfare of young people and to protect the public.

Follow lone work according to SABP policy and safety procedures.

*Participate fully in the Trusts performance review and personal development planning process on an annual basis.

To undertake any other duties at the request of the line manager which are commensurate with the role including project work, internal job rotation and absence cover.

Being comfortable lone working with children and young people.

Ability to engage and build relationships with vulnerable children and young people, who will often have complex backgrounds.

Persistence and tenacity in building rapport and relationships with children and young people, who struggle to communicate and trust.

Being able to think creatively about how to engage with vulnerable children and young people.

Good understanding of broad age range, life stage, and ability to adapt approach to suit needs.

Being a consistent and reliable advocate/voice for a young person.

Understanding a young persons needs/challenges and signposting to appropriate services to support that young person.

Understanding of the criminal justice system and linking in with SCC Teams and wider support networks to create an action to plan to prevent children/young people from re-offending.

To liaise with colleagues and other professionals or agencies as required, including attending case conferences, planning meetings etc.

Being able to work with families in a way which is helpful to that young person.

Being willing to do outreach work and travel across the county to see young people within their environments such as home, park, cafes.

Must hold a current driving license and have access to a car for work purposes.

IT skills including ability to use a computer.

Ability to accurately and concisely document notes and risks onto system after sessions.

Ability to conduct risk assessments, identify changes to clinical risk and implement actions to ensure a persons safety.

Knowledge of responsibilities in relation to the Childrens Act.

Knowledge and awareness of Safeguarding procedures and the experience of developing a plan of care to safeguard an adult or child.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree or diploma level qualification in Nursing, Social Work or Occupational Therapy
Experience Essential
  • 2-year post qualification experience of working in the community with young people with mental health difficulties and their families.
  • Experience of and ability to undertake, mental health assessments, risk assessments and implementation of risk management plans.
  • Use of outcome measures to evidence good practice.
  • Demonstrable expertise working with young people aged between 16 and 25.
Desirable
  • Suitable for someone who has excellent communication skills and an adaptable, non-judgmental approach enabling them to establish rapport and trust with vulnerable children and young people from a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Lived experience or awareness of the broad range of challenges these vulnerable young people face such as bullying, risk exploitation, traumatic events, poor support, criminal activity, county lines and gang culture, is essential. Successful candidates will have the ability to work well individually and as a member of a multidisciplinary team whilst knowing their own limitations.


UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Address
Gatton Place

St. Matthews Road

Redhill

RH1 1TA

Employer's website
https://www.sabp.nhs.uk/working-for-us (Opens in a new tab)

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.

325-C9325-23-3430
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