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Service Manager - Slough Schools

Place2Be is seeking to recruit a highly skilled Service Manager for this one day a week post who will be instrumental in managing and developing service delivery, an effective ambassador for the mental health needs of young people and someone with a proven record of stakeholder engagement.

£8,000 per annum (pro rata from FTE of £40,000) 
Permanent – 1 day per week (day TBC) 

Closing Date:  Sunday 03rd February 2019 
Interview Date: Tuesday 12th February 2019 
Start Date:  Monday 25th February 2019

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

Please send your completed application form to 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 over 280 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 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:

Place2Be is seeking to recruit a highly skilled Service Manager for this one day a week post who will be instrumental in managing and developing service delivery, an effective ambassador for the mental health needs of young people and someone with a proven record of stakeholder engagement. The post holder will have the ability to lead and supervise therapeutically trained staff to deliver a ‘whole school approach’ to mental health working in conjunction with school leadership teams.

Enabling and facilitating the culture whilst supporting the development of the ‘holistic approach’ and applying systems and services recently established to both promote positive mental health as well as identify mental health issues and intervene early on in the life of a problem before it becomes entrenched. Working closely with, and developing further, partnerships with external services such as CAMHS and other agencies providing services within partnership schools.

For this one-day post, the post holder will work across three projects in the Langley Schools Trust  - The Langley Academy; The Langley Academy Primary, and Parlaunt Park Primary Academy: all in Langley, Berkshire - and will provide managerial and clinical supervision directly to School Project Managers.  Leading on the collaboration with the Trust leaders and the Head Teachers in each of the schools, the Service Manager will also deliver training which may include Mental Health Champions as well as twilight and INSET training for staff teams. 

The post holder will be instrumental in forging and sustaining positive professional working relationships with the leaders and staff in the Trust and well as securing the effective embedding of these new projects in the schools.

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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