Mental Wellbeing Support Worker (Fixed Term until 31 March 2023) – PKC08861
£30,276 – £33,599
REACH, Lewis Place, Perth
In Perth and Kinross we have embarked on an innovative and exciting transformation to provide services for young people who are Looked After or at risk of becoming Looked After and therefore “on the edge of care”. REACH promotes a multi-disciplinary approach to providing community based support to young people and to their families and will reduce reliance on traditional residential care options for vulnerable young people.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Mental Wellbeing Support Worker to be based within the REACH Team to work with children and young people across Services for Children, Young People and Families.
This post is funded through the Community Mental Health Fund and is initially funded on a temporary basis and is a fixed term post until 31st March 2023. It is anticipated that funding will be secured to make this a year long funded post from start of employment. It is also hoped additional funding may be secured after this initial period to extend this post further.
The Mental Wellbeing Support Worker will support children and young people to help them understand and manage mild emotional and mental health difficulties and promote positive mental health and wellbeing.
In addition to working directly with children and families, the post holder will be expected to work closely with the Specialist Mental Health Worker and other professionals and staff within the REACH Multi-disciplinary team.
The Mental Wellbeing Support Worker will also work closely with internal and external partners to provide mental health support and form a key part of the support plans for children and young people.
Working within a Hybrid Model this post will be based at home and within the REACH building, Lewis Place, Perth and covers the whole of the Perth & Kinross area. Home visits are frequently undertaken and therefore having a full, current driving licence is essential.
The Mental Wellbeing Support Worker role requires a qualification of HNC/SVQ3 in Health and Social Care or equivalent. Experience in supporting children and young people experiencing mental health issues is also essential.
An awareness and understanding of child and young people mental health issues and the impact of trauma is essential. You will have a good understanding of Child Protection work.
You will be able to evidence a strong commitment to multi-agency working and be a skilled and confident communicator; able to fully contribute to assessment reports and in Professional Meetings, Child Protection Case Conferences, Core Groups and Children’s Hearings.
As a person, you will be compassionate and have empathy for the children, young people and families who you support. You will also be organised and able to work flexibly to meet service need.
This role will cover the whole of the Perth & Kinross area and you will work with a variety of professionals to foster a multi disciplinary and whole family approach.
If this sounds like a role where you could share your relevant experience and make a positive difference then we would like to hear from you.
If you would like any more information regarding this vacancy, please contact Ger McKendrick, Team Leader, on 01738 474590.
When completing your application for this post, please ensure that you provide contact details (including e-mail addresses) for two referees. One should be your current or most recent employer.
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A healthy work life balance is important to Perth & Kinross Council and we provide supportive management and flexible working arrangements to help you achieve a healthy work life balance. You will have access to training and support for continued professional development.
Some jobs may have been traditionally carried out predominately by one gender, but we would encourage you to apply if you meet the requirements, irrespective of your gender.
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