HeadStart Youth Practitioner

The Big Lottery funded innovative mental health prevention programme in Newham is committed to the delivery of evidence based approaches which promote emotional resilience in 10-16 year olds at risk of developing mental health difficulties. 

For this exciting borough wide programme our client is recruiting additional members to their multi-disciplinary team of professionals to help deliver this range of evidence based approaches predominantly in school settings. 

HeadStart Youth Practitioner 
Location: Across London Borough of Newham
2 Year Fixed Term Contract (with possibility of extension) 
Salary: £29.5K-34K

About You

As a significant member of this Big Lottery funded preventative mental health service, you will be willing to get stuck in to establishing this new service in a demanding and challenging context, positively responding to challenges with creative thinking and a can-do attitude. 

You will have a history of working with vulnerable young people with the skills and attributes to build excellent working relationships with young people, school staff, parents and other professionals working in the school community. You will understand the challenges families face and have a sensitivity to working with schools to support young people to thrive.

About the role 

As a key member of the HeadStart service you will be comfortable using your youth work skills to work in a formal school context rather than a traditional youth work context. You will be using your excellent facilitation skills to deliver three specific interventions: a peer mentoring programme, a volunteering leadership programme and a resilience behaviour change programme. You will have some experience of working with young people who have emerging mental health difficulties, or with a keen interest in building resilience in young people.

They require successful candidates to have a Youth work qualification (minimum Level 2) or significant equivalent demonstrable experience of delivering informal education with young people.

Additional Information

The role will start from at the beginning of September (exact date is negotiable). Contracts will be offered initially on a 2 year fixed term basis with the opportunity to be extended following satisfactory performance. 

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 12th July
Interviews: Monday 24th - Wednesday 26th July 


To find out more information and apply for this position, please click the apply button. You will be taken to a simple CHM Recruit form and then redirected to the employer’s website.

The organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All posts are subject to pre-employment checks, references will be sought and successful candidates will need to undertake an enhanced DBS check. A disqualification declaration questionnaire maybe required for this post.

No agencies please.