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Senior Practitioner

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North West




Posted Date

29 April 2024

North Lancashire

Closing Date

12 May 2024

We're looking for two Senior Practitioners to work in the MHST's in North Lancashire. We wish to appoint people who want to make a difference to the emotional wellbeing of children and young people in schools. We're seeking people with relevant professional qualifications and direct experience of working with child mental health. The role involves providing evidence based therapeutic interventions to children, young people and their parent-carers and working in partnership with education settings.

Successful candidates will be employed on a full-time basis to deliver mental health support across a range of education settings in North Lancashire. The service base for the North Lancashire MHST is located at 39 Northgate, White Lund Industrial Estate, Morecambe, LA3 3PA.

Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) are a national programme jointly delivered by the Department for Education, NHS England and NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB. The programme has three main commitments:

- Delivering evidence-based interventions for children and young people with mild to moderate mental health needs
- Supporting the senior mental health lead in each education setting to introduce or develop their whole school/college approach
- Giving timely advice to school and college staff, and liaising with external specialist services, to help children and young people to get the right support and stay in education

MHST's enable the promotion of wellbeing and good mental health through early intervention. They work with existing social, emotional, mental health and wellbeing provision within education, building relationships with each education setting, with children, young people, parent-carers, and partners in the local system to co-design and evaluate the service offer required.

Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing is a key component of Barnardo's Corporate Strategy and Mental Health Support Teams are part of this strategy.

Please be aware, Barnardo's use generic Job Descriptions and Person Specifications when recruiting to posts. However, when completing the application form for this role, applicants must provide evidence to demonstrate how their skills, experience and, if required, qualifications, relate to the essential requirements as set out in the Additional Information Sheet.

For further information, please contact:

Emma Akrigg, Children's Service Manager –


Mobile: 07766 115339

Please note due to the high volume of applications for some posts, this advert might close before the displayed closing date. We recommend that you apply for this role as soon as possible.
Pay & Reward Framework

We know that our colleagues go above and beyond in delivering our vital work, driven by their passion and commitment to Barnardo's values. We also know that we can only realise our ambitions and achieve better outcomes for more children, thanks to the talent, hard work and creativity of our people.

For all these reasons, we are committed to a new approach to pay and reward, to ensure it is fair, attractive and progressive, which was rolled out 1st April 2023. This is a positive change for the charity, and a key pillar of our People & Culture Strategy. It will assist us in supporting colleagues to grow and develop in their career at Barnardo's as it will offer clear routes of progression for colleagues to progress through the pay band of their role.

Whilst the full pay band and salary range is advertised, our approach to starting salaries is to appoint between the minimum to mid-point of the pay band – this ensures that pay progression steps are available to reward our colleagues annually based on their contribution to excellence and alignment to our values and behaviours. More details on Barnardo's pay framework can be found upon application.

Workplace Offer: What it means for you

The world of work has changed. We are understanding of what works best for our colleagues both current and future as we look to embrace this new way of working. Our hybrid working initiative is based on trust, flexibility and empowerment. We understand our workplace offer means different things to different people, and we encourage those conversations. This may mean working at one of our stores, services, working at home, at one of our Collaboration Hubs or any combination of these.

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