Young People’s Health & Wellbeing Counsellor
Lewisham Young People’s Health & Wellbeing Service
Salary circa £30,000 p.a. (inclusive of London Weighting)
Full-time (37 hrs)
Do you have the experience and drive to ensure we improve the lives of vulnerable children and young people in Lewisham?
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Young People’s Health & Wellbeing Counsellor (BACP Accredited) to join our Lewisham YPHWB Service.
Commissioned by the London Borough of Lewisham, we provide a highly innovative service, delivering a range of evidence-based interventions to young people aged 10-19 (up to 25 for Looked After Children or those leaving care or with SEND), with a focus on emotional health and wellbeing, substance misuse and sexual health.
Our aim is to create an integrated and easily accessible service that enables young people to manage their own health and wellbeing either independently or with support to reduce the likelihood of escalation to specialist services.
About the role
As a Health & Wellbeing Counsellor, your role will be to deliver structured counselling to young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health concerns and/or participating in complex risk taking behaviour. Working within the Wellbeing team, you will provide specialist advice to colleagues working with young people with multiple vulnerabilities, as well as supporting all functions of the service, including outreach and group work.
You will also provide professional consultation across the wider children and families network across Lewisham, including workforce development training for health promotion.
Working both on an outreach basis and from the clinical base in Catford, you will work closely with partner agencies to ensure equitable service delivery.
The role will involve occasional evening/weekend working.
You will be a BACP accredited Counsellor who is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people and supporting communities to improve health outcomes for families. You will be skilled in engaging professionals via training, coaching and mentoring, with the ability to challenge resistance. You will also have experience of working directly with children and young people with additional needs, using evidence based practice to facilitate sustainable behavioural change.
In return, we offer a range of benefits including:
• Generous annual leave • Employee Assistance Programme and OH Service • Eye tests for VDU users • Excellent Learning & Development Opportunities and career progression • Generous contributory Pension Scheme
To apply please send completed application and equality monitoring forms to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: Wednesday 9th January at 9 a.m.
Interview date to be confirmed.
Compass is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and you should share our commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. We value diversity at Compass and welcome applications from all sections of the community.