We are looking for a well qualified and committed Primary Mental Health Worker to join our team. You will primarily work with the Mental Health Support Team, which is part of the Schools Wellbeing Service. This is a schools based service working with young people, families and schools. You will be working with schools to the develop their whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing, undertaking consultations with parents/carers and staff and undertaking mental health assessments.
For an informal discussion, please contact Linsey McGill - (SWS/MHST Service Lead) at Linsey.Mcgill@brighton-hove.gov.uk
About the role
Within the role you will be required to:
To provide a school based primary mental health service for children and young people. Through a whole school approach, to work with key school staff to build on existing good practice and processes, upskill all staff and affect cultural change. With a specific reference to supporting young people with SEND, including ASC, ADHD and speech and language needs.
To offer consultation, advice and training to school professionals on all aspects of mental health and well being of children and their families, in addition to offering consultation and training to parents and carers, including those with young people with SEND.
To offer mental health assessments individually and to offer informed referrals to Specialist CAMHs and Community Wellbeing and signpost to other appropriate City wide children and family services. To work with other services in support of a whole family approach.
To offer a variety of direct, evidence based therapeutic interventions to children, young people and their families and to hold a small case load.
To deliver formal and informal training and education to all agencies involved with the emotional care of children and young people.
As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Supporting statement guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk)) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.
Part office / part home – hybrid - We are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our customers. Team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee work life balance and team collaboration. These would be part of your individual working arrangements alongside any personal preference agreed with your manager in advance of joining.
Working arrangements are subject to Government guidance at the time. Your contractual location will be the designated council office for your team and travel to and from your contractual location would be at your own expense.
For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (brighton-hove.gov.uk)
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.
Encouraging a diverse workforce
Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.
Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).