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Senior Child Mental Health Practitioner, Ref: 50062204

RAFT, County Hall, Newport

Grade 12, £39,810 to £42,089 per annum

Contact: Telephone 01983 823134 or email callcentre@iow.gov.uk if you need further information about applying. Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.

Vacancy Reference: 50062204

Closing Date: 05/03/2021

Hours: 37 per week   

Contract Type: Fixed term for 6 months covering maternity


The Local Authority is enhancing its Resilience Around Families Team (RAFT).  RAFT currently comprises of substance misuse workers, an adult mental health practitioner, family worker and a policing coordinator. The RAFT teamwork throughout Children’s Services, supporting social care professionals to provided targeted, meaningful support when required.


The child mental health practitioner will complete assessments and screenings in relation to emotional and mental health to establish what level of support and or intervention is required. They will be allocated a small caseload and provide advice and support for social workers who are working with young people who have mental health issues (whether these are diagnosed or not), which could be the result of trauma, known to Children’s Services as a ‘Child in Need’, subject to Child Protection planning and Children in Care and Care Leavers. This will include delivery of time-limited interventions to children and young people known to the service who are experiencing emotional health and wellbeing difficulties, which will include group work. Alternatively, it might entail referring to other services for onward assessment or support.


For further information or an informal discussion please contact Carly Bain, the RAFT Team Manager on 01938 821000 or carly.bain@iow.gov.uk.


Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.


This council and its schools recruit according to the council’s Safer Recruitment policy and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.


The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination, we actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.  The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer and is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community.


In addition to the above, the Isle of Wight Council is a Disability Confident Employer. This means that providing an individual meets the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared themselves as disabled, they will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.


In the interests of efficiency and economy, no further communication will be sent to you unless you reach the final shortlist. This means that if you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion.


Please note that this role falls within the strategic partnership between the Isle of Wight Council and Hampshire County Council. The employer will be the Isle of Wight Council and employment is on Isle of Wight terms and conditions. Hampshire County Council delivers, on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council, all of its children’s services functions and did so for an agreed period of five years from 1 July 2013, the original five year partnership arrangement under direction of the Secretary of State finished in 2018 but has been extended voluntarily by both local authorities for a further five years.


The management reporting line for this role is ultimately through Hampshire County Council Children’s Services Director/Assistant Director and managers who take operational responsibility for children’s services.