Mental Health Co-ordinator - Fostering - Working for Essex
Salary: £41,552 to £50,290 per annum
Closing date: 10 Jul 2022
Location: Harlow
Hours: Part-time
Req ID: 7411
Role: Social Care
About the role

Mental Health Co-ordinator - Fostering

Permanent, Part Time

£41,552 to £50,290 per annum

Location: Harlow

Working Style: Community-based worker

Closing Date: 10th May 2022

Please note this is part time role 18.5 hours per week

Here in Essex, we continue to raise the bar about practice and our investment in our workforce is second to none. It’s an exciting time to join us. Not only have we been named Outstanding by Ofsted, we are delighted and at the same time humbled to have been crowned Social Work Employer of the Year for the second time in the last three years!

Children and Families is recognised as a service in which social work can develop and prosper, with a culture of collaboration, integrity and compassion; promoting the development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families; protecting them from neglect and abuse. Working together with partners delivering a range of early help, family support and effective social work interventions which build resilience, remove barriers and enable children and young people to look forward to a brighter future.

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The role

The Mental Health Coordinator will ensure an easy access and direct mental health service for children and young people, who are suffering emotional and mental health difficulties and for their families and carers. This position involves advising qualified, experienced social workers and social work managers on children and families’ mental and emotional health issues.

The successful candidate will have an accredited professional qualification (see Skills, Knowledge and Experience) and evidence of excellent clinical practice, participation in casework, recording and assessment. Strong partnership working is essential for this role as it will operate in a multi-agency environment.

Service/Functional Accountabilities

· Provide a specialist mental health assessment and treatment service for children, young people, their families and carers, using a range of therapeutic options. This post will also be involved in the assessment of fostering placement needs for both children and foster carers.

· Assess children’s and young people’s suitability for mental health and emotional wellbeing services and take part in their planning and review processes.

· Work collaboratively with Children & Families colleagues to offer advice, support, consultation and training around their work with children and carers within the quadrant.

· Initiate and support new and innovative ways of working, projects and groups to engage carers, children, young people and their families in partnership with Children & Families colleagues, other frontline professionals and third sector partners.

· Raise knowledge and awareness of children and young people’s mental health issues and preventative strategies across Children & Families colleagues.

· Responsible for maintaining up-to-date records of activity on case files, produce reports, attend court and give verbal presentations as required. Actively participate in case discussions, professionals’ meetings, team around the child / placement meetings, strategy meetings and statutory reviews (as applicable).

· Build strong working relationships across the Council and with members of other statutory organisations and voluntary agencies.

· Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

· Possesses an accredited degree or diploma level professional qualification in at least one of the following: psychotherapy / mental health youth and community work or social work.

· Evidence of significant continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area, delivering assurance around practice and participation in casework, recording and supervision with current membership of relevant professional order / association.

· Significant experience of working in a recognised model of therapeutic intervention with children, adults and families.

· Evidence of direct engagement with young people and adults, with successful delivery of 1-1, group and indirect interventions.

· Significant experience of building strong partnerships, which are collaborative and influential in their nature and engender delivery.

· Deep knowledge and understanding of vulnerability and safeguarding protocols.

· Experience of developing and delivering bespoke training and consultancy.

· Evidence of being a catalyst for change, early in young people’s lives.

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

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