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Balsam Gardens

Current Vacancies

Family Safeguarding Recovery and Wellbeing Worker

Open Mental Health is a Somerset Alliance of local voluntary sector organisations and the NHS, working closely with Somerset Council.

The post-holder will be based in Children’s Services and work as part of a co-located multi-disciplinary team of children’s social workers, domestic abuse and substance misuse specialists, to safeguard and reduce risks to children and their families.

They will be responsible for individual and group work with parents whose behaviours mean their families are at risk of harm. They will ensure that parents who come in to the family safeguarding programme, and have a mental health condition, are provided with holistic, strengths based support, focusing on the individual needs of the parent and family, linking with wider Open Mental Health offer of support as required. This link will be enabled through the Open Mental Health locality multi-disciplinary team operating model, so that clinical support from Somerset Foundation Trust can be stepped up as and when needed. This support will, in turn, form part of the whole multi-disciplinary support plan for the family.

As directed by the Family Safeguarding Team Manager, the Open Mental Health Recovery and Wellbeing Worker will be an integral member of a multi-disciplinary team within the South Somerset Family Safeguarding Team. They will deliver comprehensive interventions, underpinned by a mixed skill set, including CBT techniques, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused working, skills and behaviours coaching, parenting skills and boundary setting.

Full-time, fixed term to the end of September 2022

Salary: dependent on experience and qualifications, starting at £26,000

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The Balsam Centre is an independent charity set up by local people for local people.

Whilst the work of the Centre is long term, funding for its projects and services is all too frequently short term.

It is largely thanks to help from a fund created by a legacy left by one person, that the Balsam Centre has been able to continue its mental health work over the last few years. The help that this has given hundreds of people is a permanent and living memorial to that person’s generosity.

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