Can you help us on our mission to ensure every child can live a Life Worth Living?
Who we are:
We are Nudge Minds.
We are a child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing service that was set up to eradicate unnecessary emotional pain in young people across the nation.
We believe that no child should be left behind. There are increasing numbers of young people who are switching off from life, education and growth. To re-ignite their fire requires a skill that only a select number of people have.
Who we need:
We need creative, nurturing, flexible and passionate professionals with skills in supporting young people struggling with their mental health that can inspire change.
The key to what we do is focused upon creating a strong connection with our young people. We need people who don’t give up at the first hurdle; those who can think and deliver with inventive imagination. We need inspiring individuals who can broaden the horizons of our students and show them that life is worth living.
Our network of practitioners come from many different backgrounds, Professional Mental Health and therapeutic practice, Education, Academia, HealthCare, Uniformed Services, creative industries, sports clubs and many more. This diversity helps us make the perfect match to our students that gives each intervention the best chance of success.
It is not always the professional experience that makes you a good match however. You may have an awareness of trauma, or you may have relatives with medical needs similar to those of our students for example.
Whether it is a professional or personal link, one thing is certain, the work you do with our young people will change the course of their life.
You will be required to work on a 1:1 basis (or 2:1 with support of an additional practitioner).
Your work is unlikely to be within a traditional classroom or therapeutic setting. The world is our workspace and your knowledge of the local environment and community will be key to successful intervention design. You’ll be expected to think on your feet and adapt to whatever is thrown your way, always putting the needs of the student first, but you won’t be alone in this. We have a strong support network around you with peer support on hand as well as regional hubs you can tap into for resources and advice. Working with Nudge Minds will provide access to an environment where you can collaborate with a like-minded set of professionals along with the flexibility and resources you need to make a real difference to young lives.
- You will be working on a flexible contract, joining a network where various interventions will be offered based upon location and match with a student. In return, you will receive a competitive rate of £18.00 - £25.00 for lead roles plus various expenses, allowances and reporting fees.
- You will need to be available during daytime hours, Monday-Friday.
- You will need to have consistent weekly availability to ensure stability in the session times for your students. For example, if you are available at least 2 consistent days per week during the week to deliver sessions this can work for you.
Key duties and responsibilities of our Nudge Minds Practitioners:
- Designing interventions that will support the academic engagement of students and working to meet a set of agreed provision targets
- Reporting of progress, behavioural presentation & safeguarding concerns relating to your students
- Carrying out risk assessments of environments and activities to ensure student safety
- Occasional attendance at multi-agency meetings as an advocate for Nudge Minds
- Keeping up to date with trends in education and being aware of current official guidance
- Desirable qualifications and experience we’re looking for in our Nudge Minds
- Experience in the following professions and backgrounds:
- Therapists (psychotherapists, occupational therapists, mental health workers, CBT, Trauma Specialists)
- Physical Therapists (physiotherapists, sports therapists, osteopaths, occupational health, dance and movement therapists)
- Education Professionals
- Sports, Health and Fitness Professionals
- Mentors and Advocates
- Youth Workers
- Art, Music or Creative specialists
- Probation or Youth Offending officers
- Ex-Police or Service Personnel
- Safeguarding qualification from last 12 months
- Training in de-escalation techniques within last 12 months (CPI, Team Teach or similar)
- Experience of working with young people with Special Educational Needs
- Experience of working with young people with social, emotional or mental health needs
- Disclosure Barring Service certificate from last three months or registration on update service
Desirable skills and abilities we’re looking for in our Nudge Minds Practitioner:
- Ability to build relationships with young people who are facing crises
- Ability to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders
- Intermediate IT skills and experience of working with word processing and spreadsheet software
- Specialist knowledge of learning disabilities and conditions such as ADHD, PDA, ASD
- Driving Licence and access to own vehicle
Whilst relevant qualifications and experience are desirable, having the heart to work with these disengaged children is key.
We invest in our network of practitioners by providing a range of Professional Development opportunities to add to your existing skills and knowledge.
We comply with strict safeguarding policies and undertake thorough background checks in accordance with Safer Recruitment Practice.
If you feel that you have the skills and experience required to become our Nudge Minds Practitioner, please click ‘apply’ today and upon reviewing your application, if we think you would be a great fit for this role, you will be invited to attend an online group awareness session to find out more. We would love to hear from you!