Young People's Health & Wellbeing Counsellor (Lewisham)

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) 

Ref:048/18

Do you have the experience and motivation to ensure that at our Lewisham Young People’s Health & Wellbeing Service we deliver the best possible outcomes for our children and young people? 

The Opportunity

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Young People’s Health & Wellbeing Counsellor (BACP Accredited) to join our Lewisham YPHWB Service.

About us

The Lewisham YPHWB Service is a new and highly innovative service commissioned by the London Borough of Lewisham and Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver a range of universal, targeted and specialist health and wellbeing interventions to young people aged 10-19 (up to 25 years with SEND) who are resident , GP registered or attending school in the Borough of Lewisham. The evidenced based interventions delivered focus on three strands of care specific to young people’s risk taking behaviours; risky sexual behaviour, substance misuse and  poor mental and emotional health. We provide education and prevention, early help and specialist support using a blend of face to face and online digital interventions to maximise access and choice.

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 at a later date.

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, providing specialist advice to colleagues working with young people with multiple vulnerabilities. Working within the Wellbeing team you will support 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.

You will work across the Borough of Lewisham from the clinical base in Catford and outreach at various co-locations and peripatetic sites, working closely with partner agencies to ensure equitable service delivery to all young people, in particular those from vulnerable groups.

Working hours Mon – Fri, with some evening and weekend working

The Person

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 and able 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.

The Benefits

In return, we offer a range of benefits including:

• Generous annual leave • Childcare Voucher Scheme • 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: HR@Compass-uk.org

Closing date: Monday 27th August at 9 a.m.

Interviews will be held on Monday 10th September and/or Thursday 13th September

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.