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Children and Young Person Practitioner

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Are you a practitioner looking for a change in role or to further your experience or development working with children and young people, working in the Community?

We are looking for motivated professionals with good knowledge and experience of working with children, young people and families.

You should have the ability to work within a skill mixed team to deliver allocated components of the Healthy Child Programme 5-19 (25 for SEND), to develop positive relationships with children, young people and families which enable them to be engaged, participate, take responsibility and make informed choices and decisions.

Working as a team player under the delegation of a School Nurse your role will require you to work in partnership with schools, to promote and enhance the health and well-being of children and families, to deliver specialist targeted interventions and groups to meet the needs of children, young people and families identified as at risk of poor outcomes or with complex needs.

HCRG are working as an integrated partnership with Barnardos as The Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service (ECFWS), delivering innovative and refreshing health and social care from pre-birth to 19 years services to Essex Families.

We have developed our own unique approach where our children & young people and families are at the centre of everything we do.

We are currently looking for practitioners to join our Healthy Family Teams to help us continue to improve things for the better.

On behalf of the NHS, Essex County Council and WECCG, HCRG Care Group and Barnardo’s are commissioned to provide a range of children, young people and family services throughout Essex (excluding Thurrock and Southend) that are free at the point of delivery.

The ECFWS focusses on ensuring that everyone in Essex has the best possible start in life through meeting the identified needs of children, young people and their families. 

Our services are offered across Essex from the Antenatal period up until a young person turns 19 (or 25 for those with Special Educational Needs). 

We are located within the community delivering outcome-based support to families within their homes, schools or at one of our Family Hubs and/or Delivery Sites.

We are striving to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for children and families in the community, for the community, with the community.


Main Responsibility

This list is intended to summarise the key responsibilities and is not intended to cover every task that may be required of the role: -

  • Delivery of the healthy child programme 0-19 pathway at four levels as delegated by the Specialist Community Public Health School Nurse
  • To plan and deliver engaging personal and social development sessions for young people aged 11-19 covering a range of topics
  • To provide Brief Intervention and Solution focused support in relation to a range of issues including emotional well-being, exploitation, sexual health, relationships, substance and alcohol misuse, risk taking and anti-social or offending behaviour.
  • To establish contact and build sustainable working relationships with young people and families at risk of social and educational exclusion, ensuring the personal and social education needs of young people are identified and met.
  • To work in a multi-disciplinary framework with key partners, including the statutory and voluntary sector, in identifying and responding to young people and family needs.
  • Delivery of targeted Health promotion campaigns, through mediums such as social media and PSHE
  • Work with parents, carers and families to ensure that they are appropriately engaged in the support process and that they know how to access support for themselves and their children.
  • Contribute to the delivery of required KPI’s to ensure delivery of the commissioned service specification and evidence based providing written guidance when appropriate.
  • Assess risk of delivering community nursing in settings where this may be harmful to nurses and carers.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience in Public Health or Public Health Nursing.

  • Ability to identify, assess and manage risk and develop interventions to improve health and wellbeing.

  • High level of understanding of the educational, employment and social care needs of children and young people

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate complex issues in plain language at all levels both within and outside the organisation.

  • Experience of managing a caseload of young people, from vulnerable groups, and the ability to differentiate clearly between personal and professional roles

  • Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with partner agencies colleagues, external bodies and service users

  • Able to demonstrate a commitment and ability to promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people with the skills to build sustainable professional boundaries and appropriate relationships with young people

  • Demonstrable understanding of: Children’s Act, Healthy Child Programme Choosing Health and other relevant national and local documents

You will also need to be confident using IT systems and be able to demonstrate working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages i.e. Outlook, Word, Excel.

You will have a valid UK driving licence and have access to a car for work use

Package Description

You will feel valued as a Children & Young Person Practitioner within HCRG Care Group, receiving access to exclusive rewards and benefits including:  

  • Starting salary of £27,500 plus Group Pension.
  •  Membership of My Reward Hub, giving you access to discounts on every day purchases like grocery shopping as well as cashback and voucher offers for treats for you and those special to you
  •  Access to your wages as you earn them to help cover life’s emergencies and avoid overdraft fees or high interest rates
  • Online and face to face help with your mental and physical wellbeing – from healthy recipes and activity challenges through to post trauma support, legal, debt and life management help, as well career coaching and counselling.
  • Access to eLearning, bespoke career pathways and opportunities for continuing professional development through our ‘Outstanding’ learning and development team, The Learning Enterprise
  • An open, just culture where you’re encouraged to have and implement ideas which can help us deliver our purpose: changing lives through transforming health and care – backed up by at least £100,000 of ringfenced innovation funding each year 
  • The pride of working for an organisation committed to the highest clinical and quality standards: with the majority of our rated services holding “good” or “outstanding” ratings from the Care Quality Commission 

About the Company

We change lives by transforming health and care. 

Established in 2006, we are one of the UK's leading independent providers of community health and care services, working with health and care commissioners and communities to transform services with a focus on experience, efficiency and improved outcomes. We deliver and transform adult and children community health services, primary care services including urgent care, sexual health, dermatology and MSK services as well as adult social care and wellbeing services. Across England, we support communities of many millions and directly help more than half a million people each year - guided by our simple values: we care, we think, we do. 

We're committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from a broad, diverse range of people who want to join our team. We’re a Disability Confident Committed company, so we work to provide facilities, work environment adjustments and technical solutions to be as inclusive of everyone.

While it doesn’t happen often, sometimes a role is very popular, and we’ll need to close it earlier than the date we’ve shown here. If you’re keen to join our team, we’d love to hear from you so please apply as soon as you can.

As you’d expect, safeguarding and protecting the children, young people and vulnerable adults that we work with is of the utmost importance so we have policies and procedures in place to promote safeguarding and safer working practices and everyone who joins the team is subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks.

Finally, we need to let you know that the company you’ll work for is part of HCRG Care Group Holdings Limited and by applying for this job we’ll need to process and hold information about you. If you would like to know a little more about how we use your information, please see our website's privacy policy. 

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