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School Mental Health Practitioner/Counsellor

We are looking for a School Mental Health Practitioner/Counsellor to work 2 days a week at Parlaunt Primary School in Langley, Berkshire. The post holder will deliver a range of one-to-one clinical interventions, provide Place2Talk self-referral service as well as other elements of the ‘whole school approach’, including working with parents, schools staff and liaison with external agencies.

£12,000 per annum (pro rata from FTE of £30,000)
Permanent – 2 days per week (TBC)
Parlaunt Park Primary Academy
Parlaunt Park Primary Academy, Kennett Road, Langley, Slough, Berkshire, SL3 8EQ

Closing Date:  Sunday 10th February 2019 at 11.59pm
Interview Date: Tuesday 19th February 2019
Start Date:  May 2019

In order to apply for this vacancy, you will need to download and complete an Application Form. 

Please send your completed application form to Jobs@place2be.org.uk before the deadline stated above in order to be considered for this position.  Please ensure that you clearly state which role it is that you wish to apply for in your email.

Place2Be is the leading children's mental health charity providing in-school support and expert professional development to improve the emotional wellbeing of children and young people, families, teachers and school staff.

Place2Be provides children’s mental health services in 282 primary and secondary schools, and last year provided in-depth training in a further 31 schools, reaching a total school population of over 135,000 pupils.

Our teams provide a range of services in our partner schools to build resilience early in life through counselling, creative work and play and support a child’s ability to engage in school life.  Our work, focused on early intervention, is part of the ‘comprehensive CAMHS system’.

Through our professional development programme, we are training c1200 Counsellors on Placement each year who build their mental health and counselling skills and experience through practice in our partner schools. We also provide a range of professional development programmes on mental health and wellbeing for school leaders, teachers and other professionals who work with children and young people, so we can help to build ‘mentally healthy’ schools and communities where all children can thrive and flourish. 

We continue to pilot, trial and explore new ways in which we can develop our practice as well as share learning, expertise and findings from the robust evidence and evaluation we gather. HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is our Royal Patron and Place2Be is one of the founding charity partners of Heads Together. We also work collaboratively with a range of charities and expert organisations to leverage best-in-class knowledge and expertise to inform, develop and improve outcomes for the children, families and schools we support.

We ask our staff team to share our core values of perseverance, integrity, compassion and creativity, and to have the skills and patience to support some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and families.

Overall Purpose:

We are looking for a School Mental Health Practitioner/Counsellor to work 2 days a week at Parlaunt Primary School in Langley, Berkshire.  The post holder will deliver a range of one-to-one clinical interventions, provide Place2Talk self-referral service as well as other elements of the ‘whole school approach’, including working with parents, schools staff and liaison with external agencies. 

The successful candidate will effectively manage all aspects of the Place2Be provision in partnership with the school and the Trust, ensuring that the children and young people are provided with therapeutic and emotional support.

For further details, please view/download the full Job Description and Person Specification.

In accordance with our safer recruitment policy we do not accept CVs and will only consider applicants that have completed our application form. 

If you are a current Place2Be Counsellor on Placement or employee and wish to apply for this role, you are required to notify your manager/supervisor of your intention to apply and get them to submit a letter of recommendation supporting you in your application.  Please ask your manager/supervisor to contact the Recruitment Team for a recommendation template.

Place2Be is committed to equal opportunities and anti-discrimination practices and we positively encourage applications from all sections of the community.  Because we are keen to reflect the diversity of the partner schools we work in, we are particularly interested in attracting male candidates, as well as candidates from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

Benefits include: Enhanced Annual Leave entitlement - Learning and Development Programme - Company Pension Scheme (4% employer contribution and 3% employee) - Life Assurance 4x gross annual salary - Employee Assistance Programme - Cycle purchase and season ticket loan schemes - Childcare and eye care vouchers - Mobile phone discount

All successful applicants will be asked to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS.

Please note that vacancies may be closed early depending on response rate.  We aim to get back to everyone with the outcome of their application, however, if you do not hear back within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.  We are unable to provide feedback on applications that have not been shortlisted.

Registered charity number 1040756 (England and Wales) SC038649 (Scotland)

Registered Company number 02876150

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