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Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Counsellor

  • Service: Lewisham Young People's Health and Wellbeing Service
  • Location: Lewisham London
  • Salary: £28,788 - £33,012 (p.a. inclusive of London Weighting Allowance)
  • Type: Full time (37 hours)
  • Ref: 017/20

Do you have the experience and drive to ensure we improve the lives of vulnerable children and young people in Lewisham? 

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

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 base in Catford, you will work closely with partner agencies to ensure equitable service delivery.

The role will involve occasional evening/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, 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.

The Benefits

In return, we offer a range of benefits including:

  • Generous annual leave
  • Employee Assistance Programme and OH Service
  • Excellent Learning & Development opportunities and career progression
  • Generous contributory Pension Scheme

To apply, please download and complete our application form. We would also be grateful if you would complete our equality monitoring form.

Closing date: Sunday 12th July 2020

Interview date: Wednesday 22nd July 2020

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.

Established for 30 years, Compass is a national charity which works in communities across the UK providing services spanning substance misuse treatment and rehabilitation, early interventions for vulnerable young people, school aged health programmes and associated prevention as well as treatment and health promotion initiatives.

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