Childrens Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs)

Alliance Psychological Services Limited


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Job overview

Alliance is a leading local children's mental health service delivering psychological support and emotional well-being services in a range of educational and community settings. We support a whole school/college approach to improving mental health and wellbeing. We provide psychological therapies to children and families with multiple and complex needs.

Our Mental Health Support Teams were first established in September 2019. Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees (HaST) Trailblazer were one of the first pilot sites for the Government endorsed Mental Health Support Teams, and as a service we are now well established in 40 schools across HaST. The successful candidates will join a team of Educational Mental Health Practitioners, Childrens Wellbeing Practitioners, Therapeutic Parenting Practitioners and Clinical Supervisors.

Please see attached advert for full information.

Main duties of the job

You will be qualified to deliver low-intensity evidence-based CBT interventions and hold a recognised CYP IAPT or IAPT qualification. You will be working as part of a newly established MHST working alongside Trainee EMHPs (Educational Mental Health Practitioners) delivering and developing a range of groupwork and 1:1 interventions with both children, young people and parents and building the offer of mild-moderate mental health interventions. You will be committed in supporting a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing. This exciting opportunity comes with a commitment to support CPD and personal development.

We would also welcome applications from adult trained Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) who may have experience of working with younger people/adults, or those qualified who have no experience and would be happy to undertake additional CPD to support career progression into transforming childrens mental health and wellbeing services alongside our teams.

About us

Alliance offers first rate training and development opportunities, flexible working (where appropriate), 38 days annual leave per annum/pro rata, EAP health scheme and a 3% contributory pension scheme.

Alliance Psychological Services has organisational responsibility for safeguarding all children in its CYPF services, part of this is to follow safer recruitment of staff for all appointments. It is also a requirement that all staff understand it is each persons individual responsibility and are committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children. Please note that due to the nature of the duties of these roles, an enhanced criminal records disclosure will be sought in the event of a successful application. Alliance Psychological Services Limited is committed to promoting equal opportunities in our employment practice and service delivery. We are signatories to the Mindful Employers Charter. Alliance also has Investors in People status and is a Living Wage employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Alliance is a leading local childrens mental health service delivering psychological support and emotional well-being services in a range of educational settings. We support a whole school/college approach to improving mental health and wellbeing. We also provide psychological therapies to children and families with multiple and complex needs. Our service transformation is through effective leadership and partnerships, the delivery of evidence-based therapies, use of routine outcome measures and in full collaboration with children, young peoples and families.

As part of the National Trailblazer for transformation of mental health and emotional wellbeing in schools, Hartlepool & Stockton (HAST) CCG and Partners have been awarded funding from the Department of Education, NHS England and Health Education England to implement Childrens Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) in Schools. We are delighted that we are lead employers working in collaboration with other partner organisations to implement and deliver services within our local area.

The Mental Health Support Teams are intended to:

  • Deliver evidence-based interventions for mild to moderate mental health and emotional wellbeing needs
  • Support senior mental health leads in educational settings to develop and introduce their whole-school or whole college approach to mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Providing timely advice to staff and liaising with external specialist services so that children and young people can get the right support and remain in education

Job Purpose

The post-holder will work within a MHST supporting the delivery of the key aims and functions of the team as stated above. You will be delivering high-quality; brief outcome focused evidence-based interventions for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties, including psycho-education, self-help and work with a range of presentations such as anxiety, low mood and behavioral difficulties. You will hold the necessary knowledge, attitude and capabilities to operate effectively in a diverse and value driven service. The post holder will deliver LI CBT interventions both individual and psycho-educational groupwork to children, young people and parents and within both an education and community setting.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

To provide assessment, including risk assessment, of children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

To support management of waiting lists playing a proactive role in educational settings.

To operate within Alliance Service Referral to Discharge Protocols and within a Consultation Approach to supporting settings and children in getting the right support at the right time.

To make use of referral pathways following assessment for children young people and families requiring other services, including statutory and voluntary agencies, working closely with Schools Cluster Leads in the development of pathways to specialist CaMHS Services.

To explore and evaluate clinical treatment using evaluation tools, contributing to evidence-based practice

To deliver groupwork in school and community settings with the aim of facilitating the learning of others i.e EMHPs, teaching and support staff and supporting the sustainability of evidence informed programmes within these settings.

To select and deliver a range of appropriate low-intensity therapeutic interventions for children young people and families experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties and delivered in collaboration with the child, young person and family

Working in collaboration to support children, young people and families in the self-management of presenting difficulties.

Working in collaboration with children young people and families to develop effective treatment plans and agreed outcomes.

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

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

To work with families involved with social care liaising closely with Social Workers and other professionals working across Children, Young People and Family Services.

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

Training and Supervision

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

Apply learning from any CPD training to practice

Collaborate in clinical supervision and case management, to meet the required standards.

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

Respond to and implement supervision suggestions by supervisors in practice.

Work within the boundaries of service delivery and support to meet the requirements of the service needs.

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

Partnership Working

To create and maintain effective working relationships within the MHST and develop close working relationships with partner agencies including staff in educational settings, by providing advice and consultative support on emotional and mental health issues, and in relation to appropriate referral pathways for children, young people and families experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

To liaise effectively with other local providers, including statutory, voluntary sector organisations and on behalf of the child, young person or family.

To build effective working relationships with other local childrens mental health providers including CaMHS and support the development of pathways of support.


Responsible for safeguarding children and promoting the welfare of children & young people at all times and operating within local policies and procedures.

Under guidance and support taking appropriate safeguarding action to protect children & young people at risk of significant harm.

Under guidance and supervision to identify and support families in accessing Early Help Services

To share appropriate information with parents/carers or other agencies regarding the childs wellbeing and progress keeping within the boundaries of Confidentiality and Information sharing protocols.

A Professional and Ethical Service

To work within CYP IAPT Delivering with and Delivering Well Values and Standards

To work within the 5 Principles of transforming children, young people mental health services, including participation, evidence-based practice, raising awareness, collaboration through routine outcome monitoring tools and proactively engaging with individuals to improve access

To maintain appropriate clinical notes and records on PCMIS and in line with Alliance policies and procedures

To undertake relevant Continuing Professional Development as required for the purposes of continued professional accreditation or registration and as identified through Alliances professional development and Appraisal System

To undertake clinical supervision and case management as per Alliance supervision policy and in line with the appropriate professional body - BABCP

To work within Data Protection Act 2018, GDPR and Alliance Information Governance policies and procedures

To ensure a safe and secure working environment for self and others and to take action as necessary within Health and Safety and other guidelines

To adhere to all Alliance Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

To promote and value the rights, responsibilities and diversity of people using the Service

This post may require some late evening work to meet service demand.

This job description is designed to identify principal responsibilities only. The post holder is required to be flexible in developing the role in accordance with changes in Alliances organisational objectives and priorities.

Person Specification

Therapeutic Practice


  • Demonstrates an understanding and ability to work with low-intensity CBT approaches and willing to support the implementation of Alliance model and integrate within practice.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of assessment and risk
  • Shows a willingness to work flexibly to meet the needs of both service, children, young people and families and university requirements.
  • Ability to work with an agreed caseload and manage agreed targets and performance measures
  • Demonstrates an understanding of childrens mental health

Child Protection and Safeguarding


  • A clear understanding of LSCB policies and procedures and commitment to the safeguarding of children and young people

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to work within a dynamic and developing service
  • Demonstration of self-motivation and motivation of others
  • Ability to work confidently and competently under pressure



  • Demonstrates an understanding of CYP IAPT


  • Post qualification experience as a practicing counsellor/psychological therapist
  • Experience of working with children and young people
  • Demonstrates an understanding of Alliance children, young people and families service, including referral pathways and criteria for access
  • Experience of working within a childrens mental health service
  • Experience of working within educational establishments



  • Holds a recognised qualification in Low-Intensity CBT Interventions
  • Holds a recognised membership of a relevant professional body (ie BACP/BABCP BAAT/UKCP/BPS)


  • Is a qualified Childrens Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (CPWP)
  • Is accredited with a relevant professional body (ie BACP/BABCP/BAAT/UKCP/BPS)

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name

Alliance Psychological Services Limited


Alliance Psychological Services Ltd

24 Yarm Road



TS18 3NA

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Date posted

23 April 2021

Pay scheme



£24,500 to £27,000 a year



Working pattern


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Job locations

Alliance Psychological Services Ltd

24 Yarm Road



TS18 3NA

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