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Young Persons Practitioner (12051)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,500
  • City of Glasgow (On site)
  • Closing 23rd May 2024

  • Advertised from 10th May 2024
  • Fixed term contract for 1 year / We have a variation of hours available from Full Time to Part Time (18.5 hours+)



A generous annual leave entitlement of 29 days PLUS bank holidays

Up to 5 more days leave for continuous service plus the option to buy and sell leave.

Gain professional qualifications with excellent training, and development opportunities.

Flexible maternity, adoption, and paternity packages.

A pension with a up to a 7% employer contribution rate. Plus, if you pay in to the pension you will receive life assurance cover.

Staff discount portal with your favourite brands.

Blue Light Card eligibility with 15,000 discounts from national retailers.

Vulnerable children in the UK need your help

Wherever you work in the Action for Children family, you'll be helping to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK.

Last year, we helped more than 670,000 children and families across the UK. From direct work in communities to national campaigning, we are focused on making sure every child has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive.

Why Action for Children?

Working here is more than a job. Everyone in the Action for Children family is passionate about protecting and supporting children. It's the sense of purpose that drives us every single day. Because we know that, when we work together, we can make a huge difference to bring lasting improvements to vulnerable children's lives.

A bit about the role

“Supporting mental health and wellbeing is a big part of what we do. We help young people talk about how they're feeling, and make sure they don't feel alone.”

Are you passionate about supporting young people's mental health and emotional well-being? We are seeking a dedicated Young Persons Practitioner's to join our team in Glasgow. As part of the Glasgow Secondary Schools Counselling and Blues Service, you'll play a crucial role in delivering high-quality, school-based professional counseling and group work services to secondary school children aged 12-18 years.

The Blues Programme is an internationally acclaimed wellbeing programme for young people. Over six weeks, it teaches emotional resilience, and reduces low mood and anxious thoughts. Crucially, it gets teenagers talking.

As a Young Person's Practitioner, you'll be involved in delivering one-hour group sessions at school each week, plus set home tasks. As a result, students learn how to challenge negative thoughts, and talk about different coping strategies.

Regular group work builds rapport and confidence. The home tasks are a chance to practice the new skills. It's simple, and it works.

As part of a supportive team, you'll work alongside trained Action for Children Blues specialists who are committed to making a positive impact in what is a truly rewarding role.

How you'll help to create brighter futures

Some key responsibilities as a Young Persons Practitioner are;

  • Providing a high-quality service to children, young people and their families, based on an assessment of need and is outcomes driven.
  • Delivering complex and specialist interventions with children, young people or families on a 1:1 basis, group or community setting.
  • Attending and participating at relevant multi agency meetings, providing a lead role ensuring reflective and analytical practice review.
  • Taking responsibility for day to day resource planning to ensure high quality services are delivered.
  • Establishing and developing effective relationships and channels of communication with children, young people, families, colleagues, community organisations, partner agencies and other external agencies

Let's talk about you

  • We are very much open to experience rather than specific qualifications.
  • Experience working within a multi-agency social care, schools, youth work or health environment and applying safeguarding procedures.
  • Ability to keep the child and or young people as the focus and ensure their feelings and wishes are represented in meetings and record keeping.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and engagingly and to maintain independent professional relationships and boundaries.
  • Working knowledge of an outcome based approach to planning, delivering and reviewing services.

Good to know

Application Process: There are five sections to complete: Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information, Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration.

Talent Pool: We know talent when we see it. But sometimes we find the right person but not for the right job. We'd love to keep your details for when the right job comes up. Let us know if you'd rather we didn't.

Contact: If, for any reason, you need support with your application, please contact Laura McCarthy at We'll be happy to give you any support you require.

Diversity, equality, and inclusion

At Action for Children, we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic, and disabled candidates as they are under-represented within Action for Children. We want to take deliberate and purposeful action to ensure equal opportunity to all groups in society and for Action for Children.

Don't meet every single requirement?

If you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with the job description, we'd love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within the Action for Children family.

Male staff are under-represented within our Children Service roles. We would like to encourage more male applicants for our Children Service roles.

Application notes

To apply please visit our website

Closing Date:24 May 2024