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Specialist Practitioner (Children's Mental Health)

Specialist Practitioners are our most experienced mental health support staff, working directly with young people and families to improve mental health, but also supporting other staff, developing practice and liaising with other professionals.  Full details are in the job description below.

Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust currently has additional funds to work with schools and in partnership with other organisations to improve the mental health support available to young people and families in Kirklees.

37 hours per week, Fixed term to 31 March 2021

Some evening and occasional weekend work may be required.

We will consider job share if suitable applicants.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 4th September - Please ensure availability


Purpose of the post: 

Consider and assess emotional and mental health needs of children and young people. To work directly with young people and their families to enable young people to improve their mental and emotional health. Support others within the organisation who work with children.

The Specialist Practitioner role is our most senior mental health worker, taking responsibility for the most complex cases, supervising other staff and developing systems and processes to ensure high quality assessments and services.



Assessment and decision making

  • To assess available information and gather more information and opinion from others working to support the child or family
  • Engage children, young people and parent/carers to explore and develop an understanding of their situation, experience, strengths and needs.
  • Build positive working relationships with young people and others, minimising the stigma that many experience in relation to mental health services and responding to individual and cultural needs.
  • Identify key symptoms, situations, relationships and other factors impacting on the child or young person’s emotional health, identifying those experiencing severe mental and emotional health difficulties and those at risk, including safeguarding risks and risks to self, and act to manage and reduce those risks
  • Consider, in consultation with colleagues where appropriate, the psychological, emotional and mental health needs in each case and what interventions, services or action is likely to be effective.
  • Communicate your analysis and recommendations to children, carers, colleagues and other professionals and consider their preferences and feedback to develop an agreed support plan
  • Ensure a responsive and positive experience for those accessing or attempting to access support services

Support children and families

  • Take responsibility for the caseload allocated, ensuring an effective transition into your care; good communication; quality long and short term interventions and positive endings
  • Maintain a positive, respectful, empowering approach through all support activities, building capabilities, confidence and resilience.
  • To plan and deliver support activities and interventions with individual children and young people allocated, engaging them in a series of sessions of activities and interactions, informed by therapeutic and psychological evidence of effective practice, to enable them to understand, manage and improve their mental and emotional health
  • Provide information and advice enabling young people and parent/carers to access to activities and resources to improve mental and emotional health which are appropriate to their needs and abilities
  • Provide therapeutic group work opportunities for young people enabling them to improve their mental and emotional health.
  • Offer appointments at venues, appropriate times/days in response to needs and preferences of individuals, within limitations of available resources
  • Use technology and telephones appropriately to support parent/carers and professionals in relation to a supported young person

Managing information and transitions

  • Keep accurate records of all referrals, assessments, contacts, meetings, plans, sessions and evidence of progress using the database systems.
  • Work collaboratively with other services and professionals to coordinate care and interventions, sharing information with individuals, at multiagency meetings and in reports, within limits of consent and confidentiality, in the interests of the child and family
  • Communicate, coordinate and develop good working relationships with colleagues and with other organisations and services to ensure the needs of children are met, ensuring positive transitions and referrals
  • Assisting with the provision of up to date information about the service making this available to colleagues to enable them to deal with enquiries and requests for support effectively
  • Assisting to raise awareness of the emotional and mental health needs of young people
  • Assisting with report preparation for internal use, for funders and others as required

Managing and developing quality services

  • To develop and maintain the highest professional standards of practice, through professional development, clinical supervision, maintaining up to date knowledge and reflective practice.
  • Provide clinical supervision to other workers within the organisation enabling them to practice effectively and safely and develop their practice.
  • To provide advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals in relation to individual children and young people.
  • To attend regular line management supervision.
  • To contribute to the development of services, working closely with the Assistant Service Manager and Service Manager
  • Planning own workloads, liaising with other team members to coordinate work
  • For those activities within the responsibility of the post, ensure risks are assessed and actions taken to reduce and manage risks
  • To follow policies and procedures in place relating to the safeguarding of children and young people, supporting other staff as required.

Support other Trust activities

  • To contribute to the safe and effective running of the organisation and implementing plans, policies and procedures
  • To develop good working relationships with staff and volunteers
  • Share skills and knowledge with colleagues, formally and informally
  • Supporting young people to contribute to and participate in decision making about Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust, to volunteer and to make a positive contribution to society
  • To undertake other duties as instructed by the Director



You will have considerable experience of supporting children and families experiencing mental and emotional health difficulties. You will have a qualification in CBT therapy or clinical psychology, providing a strong understanding of the factors impacting on children’s mental and emotional wellbeing and the support and interventions that can maintain and improve it.

You will use your skills and knowledge to work directly with children and families, providing responsive, effective support and using a range of tools and techniques to improve children’s mental health. You will be accessible and engaging, able to build positive working relationships with children, young people and families – and with other professionals supporting them – to work in a personalised, collaborative way to agree plans which build resilience, autonomy and self-management.

You will be able to communicate clearly, face to face and in writing with children, young people, families, colleagues and other professionals, keeping good records and sharing information respectfully and appropriately as required. You will be able to assess risks to self and others and make referrals and recommendations to other professionals and services.

You will be experienced in providing support to others through supervision, providing advice and enabling reflection and practice development in others, including reviewing cases with colleagues.


Essential Criteria - To be considered for this job you must:

  1. Have a qualification in CBT Therapy or Clinical Psychology
  2. Have at least four years’ experience working within children’s mental health services
  3. Have experience of supervising others and be willing to undertake further supervision training
  4. Be resilient and confident and able to work independently within the responsibilities of the post, managing the challenges and seeking support appropriately
  5. Have excellent interpersonal communication skills, able to listen, encourage, respect, motivate and show genuine care for young people as unique individuals.
  6. Be able to travel across Kirklees for meetings with young people and professionals. Therefore, access to an appropriate vehicle and business use insurance cover is required. Travel expenses are provided.
  7. Be competent in using information technology to maintain records and communicate.
  8. Have an enhanced DBS check, with no indication of unsuitability for the post and be willing to undertake Safeguarding training to level 3.
  9. Be eligible to work in the UK, providing evidence of ID as required.

In your application, please ensure you demonstrate that you meet the above criteria. The post holder will be required to complete a DBS disclosure which does not indicate unsuitability for the post.

How to Apply
Download and fill in the Job Application Form (link to the right of the page).
Download the Application Form by right clicking the link and selecting "save link as".

Once completed – Please return your application to Jobs@northorpehall.co.uk


Closing Date:
Working Hours:
Full Time - 37 hours per week