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Education Mental Health Practitioner
  • Employer: Brighter Futures for Children
  • Reference: BFC0134
  • Published: Tue 18/08/2020, 12:15 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 20/09/2020, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £26,317 to £31,371
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, Berkshire

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Education Mental Health Practitioner

Brighter Futures for Children

12 months Fixed-term Maternity Cover

About us

If you live here, work here or just visit, you will already know Reading is a great place and at Brighter Futures for Children (BFFC) we’re dedicated to making it even better. Key to this is ensuring our workforce is equipped for the challenge – this is where you come in.


Reading/BFFC is proud to be one of the first trailblazer sites for the Mental Health Support Teams, delivering evidence-based interventions aimed at improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young, people by either working directly with them or with their parents/carers. 



About the role

In line with the Government’s priority to increase access and availability of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people, the new Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) role is an exciting opportunity to deliver evidence-based early interventions for children and young people in educational settings.   

EMHPs play a key role as members of the Mental Health Support Teams.  The role will include, although not limited to, completing assessments to inform subsequent intervention(s) and involves working with children, young people and/or their parents/carers to support self-management of mild to moderate mental health needs through targeted interventions.  Applicants will also be expected to work with colleagues to provide better access to specialist mental health services and support referrals where required. 

The MHST is currently delivering services to children, young people, their families and school staff remotely via telephone and video calls, due to the circumstances regarding COVID19.  The successful applicant will be expected to work in line with current government guidelines.  

Successful applicants will be expected to manage their allocated caseload, with support of regular supervision.  They will be expected to prepare and present caseload information at regular supervision sessions.


About you

Applicants should be enthusiastic and committed to promoting and supporting wellbeing and mental health. Previous experience of working with children and/or young people within education settings is desirable but not essential. 

Applicant must have successfully completed the ‘Education Mental Health Practitioner’ or ‘Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner’ course.

Our offer

 We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition is strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment.


A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:

Local Government Pension Scheme

24 days holiday plus public holidays (rising up to 32 days after 10 years of continuous service)

Discounted Childcare Scheme (onsite Nursery)

Cycle to work scheme

Season ticket loans

A range of local discounts


For more information about these roles or for an informal discussion please contact: Claire Thomas or Kayleigh Henry on 07970 725086 or



Closing date: 20th September 2020

Shortlisting date: 22nd September 2020

Interview date: 29th September 2020 (likely to be via Microsoft Teams)


We reserve the right to close this advert earlier than the closing date indicated should we feel we have received sufficient applications.