An Exciting Opportunity to Join Our Team as a Community Mental Health Practitioner

Post Title: Community Mental Health Practitioner

Rate of Pay: £12 per hour

Hours: 22.5 hours per week

Responsible To: Senior Lead Youth Worker

Managed by: Youth Development Manager

Responsible For: Assisting With Open-Access, Ensure Mental Health Support Is Accessible.

Closing Date for Applications: Sunday 15th May 2022

Interview Date: w/c 23rd May 2022


Full Circle @Docklands Ltd was established in 1980 to provide camping trips and to give local children and young people access to positive opportunities and respite from their urban environment. We continue to provide services to children, young people and families in St. Pauls on an open-access basis, digital platforms and through one-to-one work. We work to empower the community by raising aspirations, providing recreational activities, promoting community cohesion and encouraging social inclusion.

What is the overall purpose of the role?

To provide access and pathways to young people who require support with their mental health. Ensuring a safe and positive experience for every young person that Full Circle engages with.

We aim to deliver all our work in line with the nationally agreed definition of Youth Work from the National Youth Agency. This is to:

  • To support a young person’s personal, social and educational development
  • To explore their values, beliefs, ideas and issues
  • To enable them to develop their voice, influence and place in society
  • To acquire a set of practical or technical skills and competencies, to realise their full potential


  • To work directly with young people aged 8 – 19 (with the main target being 10 – 16-year-olds) in centre-based, outreach, and digital platforms and one to one settings to develop their personal and social wellbeing.
  • To assist in the planning, delivery of the children and youth activity sessions groups, activities, workshops one to one and confidence in utilising digital platforms.
  • To assist with planning, organising and facilitating and participating in games, activities and discussions around mental health with children and young people.
  • To undertake training and deliver best practices in relation to promoting positive mental health amongst our service users.
  • To communicate with the youth development manager, senior youth lead and other sessional workers to ensure a rounded delivery of our programme of activities.
  • To be part of changing the story and expectations of young people from diverse communities, professionals and carers related to when, what and how young people use mental health services.
  • To build a robust link between Full Circle and other professional and youth services supporting the BAME community, in order that young people receive appropriate and timely support.
  • To empower young people to use OTR both when they are struggling and to actively look after their mental health, through online registration, coming along to the service base, and by being active in the community.
  • To ensure that participation is at the forefront of Full Circle’s work by collecting feedback from young people to help shape and develop this role.
  • To extend Full Circle’s reach into different communities of young people.
  • To supervise the children and young people and ensure general health and safety and conduct.
  • To listen, build rapport to understand what matters to young people and support them in achieving positive outcomes both individually and collectively.
  • To assist with necessary set-up and clean-down.
  • To feed information into the required monitoring and outcomes framework.
  • Understanding and keeping within agreed delivery procedures and adhering to incident reporting procedures.
  • To comply with Full Circle policies and procedures, including our confidentiality policy.
  • To raise young people’s awareness of the issues which affect them and empower them to participate in positive community action.
  • To report essential information to your senior lead so they can signpost appropriately and effectively to the community and relevant services where necessary.
  • Work in ways that promote equality of opportunity, participation, and responsibility.
  • To attend team meetings, training and one to one supervision.
  • To build effective relationships between Full Circle/OTR and the local BAME community to increase knowledge and access for young people into health and wellbeing services.

Person Specification


  • To engage in training and development appropriate to the role.
  • To commit to the core values of Full Circle Youth Services, including young people’s empowerment and participation.
  • Ability to communicate with children and young people Good general communication skills Strong leadership and motivational ability
  • Ability to act on own initiative
  • Commitment to Equality of Opportunity and Diversity Ability to prioritise and make decisions
  • Ability to respond to change positively Commitment to personal and organisational development
  • Commitment to the development and delivery of youth opportunities for children of all abilities
  • Have lived experiences of the challenges that young people and people from BAME communities faced in areas such as St Pauls.

Desirable: Or must be willing to obtain at least 2 of the following within the first 6-months of trainee youth work.

  • First Aid at work qualification
  • Trauma Training
  • Food Hygiene qualification/training
  • Ability to recognise and manage stress.
  • Qualification in youth & social work, psychology, or therapy, or currently studying to do so.

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