Children’s Well-Being Practitioner (in Training)
Job vacancy

Children’s Well-Being Practitioner (in Training)




Flexible locations across Kent.


1 x full-time 37 hours per week.

Contract details:

Fixed 1 year term contract starting January 2024.

Application closing date:


Background and Job purpose

The Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (CYP IAPT) is a service transformation programme delivered by Health Education England and partners that aims to improve existing children and young people’s mental health services working in the community.

This is a CYP IAPT training role within the Salus Wellbeing Practitioner (schools) Service delivering, under supervision, high-quality; brief outcome focused evidence-based interventions and guided self-help for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

The training and service experience will equip the post holder with the necessary knowledge, attitude, and capabilities to operate effectively in an inclusive, value driven service.

The post holder will attend all university based taught and self-study days required by the University of Sussex and work in service for the remaining days of the week using their newly developed skills.


For informal chat or for more information, please call Sally Williamson on 07725 595722

Job Description/Principal Accountabilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Therapeutic skills
1.1. Assess and deliver, under supervision, outcome focused, evidence-based interventions to children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

1.2. Working in partnership, support children, young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties and their families in the self-management of presenting difficulties.

1.3. Work in partnership with children, young people, and families in the development of plans for the intervention and agreed outcomes.

1.4. Support and empower children, young people, and families to make informed choices about the intervention.

1.5. Always operate from an inclusive values base, which recognises and respects diversity.

1.6. Accept referrals within agreed national and local protocols.

1.7. Undertakes accurate assessment of risk to self and others.

1.8. Adhere to the service referral protocols. Under supervision signpost unsuitable referrals to the relevant service, as necessary.

1.9. Through close case management and supervision, escalate cases here the level of need becomes beyond scope, or more severe ensuring adherence to other relevant elements of service delivery.

1.10. Provide a range of information and support for evidence based psychological treatments, primarily guided self-help. This work may be face-to-face, by telephone or via other media.

1.11. Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the overall number of children and young people contacts offered, and sessions carried out per week to improve timely access and minimise waiting times.

1.12. Attend multi-disciplinary meetings relating to referrals or CYP in treatment, where appropriate.

1.13. Keep coherent records of all activity in line with service protocols and use these records and outcome data to inform decision making. Complete all requirements relating to data collection.

1.14. Assess and integrate issues relating to transitions, education, and training/employment into the overall therapeutic process.

1.15. Work within a collaborative approach involving a range of relevant others when indicated.

1.16. Work in collaboration with children, young people, and communities to enhance and widen access.

2.1. Attend and fulfil all the requirements of the training element of the post including practical, academic, and practice-based assessments.

2.2 As well as attendance at the University of Sussex for training, fulfil private study requirements to enhance learning and prepare assignments for examination, for at least one day a week.

2.2. Apply learning from the training programme to practice.

2.3. Receive practice tutoring from educational providers in relation to course work to meet the required standards.

2.4. Prepare and present case load information to supervisors within the service on an agreed and scheduled basis, to ensure safe practice and the governance obligations of the trainee, supervisor and service are delivered.

2.5. Respond to and implement supervision suggestions by supervisors in practice.

2.6. Engage in and respond to personal development supervision to improve competences and practice.

3.1. Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employer and any regulating bodies and keep up to date on new recommendations/guidelines set by the relevant departments.

3.2. Ensure that confidentiality is always protected.

3.3. Ensure clear objectives are identified, discussed, and reviewed with supervisor and senior colleagues on a regular basis as part of continuing professional development.

3.4. Participate in individual performance review and respond to agreed objectives.

3.5. Keep all records up to date in relation to Continuous Professional Development and ensure personal development plans maintains up to date specialist knowledge of latest theoretical and service delivery models/developments.

3.6. Attend relevant conferences/workshops in line with identified professional objectives.


4.1. Support the collection of data and facilitate data flow to the Workforce Development team.

4.2. Contribute to the development of best practice within the service.

4.3. Ensure a comprehensive understanding of the relevant safeguarding legislation, guidance, and best practice.

4.4. Maintain up-to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies, and procedures in
relation to children and young people’s mental health.

4.5. All employees have a responsibility and a legal obligation to ensure that information processed is kept accurate, confidential, secure and in line with the Data Protection Act (1998) and Security and Confidentiality Policies.

4.6. It is the responsibility of all staff that they do not abuse their official position for personal gain, to seek advantage of further private business or other interests in the course of their official duties.

This Job Description does not provide an exhaustive list of duties and may be reviewed in conjunction with the post holder considering service development.

Person Specification

Experience/ Skill/ QualificationEssentialDesired
Evidence of working with children and young people with mental health difficulties
A minimum of a second- class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology)
Training in nursing, social work, occupational therapy, counselling or within a specific psychological therapy
Psychology or other health /social care/youth related undergraduate degree.
Other relevant postgraduate degree
Evidence of working with children and young people with mental health difficulties
Experience of working in mental health or related services
Worked in a service where agreed targets in place to demonstrating outcomes
Ability to study as a self- motivated learner and implement training with appropriate support
Demonstrates high standards in written and verbal communication
Team Player
Ability to personally manage a sensitive, traumatic and potentially emotionally distressing caseload
Ability to manage own caseload and time
Speaks a second language
Full, enhanced and current satisfactory DBS disclosure for the role
Able to travel to meet post requirements

Further information

Any appointment will be made subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and Police vetting.