Children Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP)

Children Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) Training Posts

We are expanding our existing successful CWP team as part of a government initiative to provide preventative interventions to children and young people who do not meet the normal thresholds for CAMHS or will not engage with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Alongside working towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Child and Young Persons Psychological Wellbeing Practice at the Anna Freud Centre and Kings College, you will work directly with children and families 3 days a week with either the Eikon Charity or YMCA East Surrey. The direct clinical work will be under the supervision of a CWP Supervisor.

Job Title:                                         Children Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP)

Days/Hours:                                  Full time

CWPs received an initial three days a week of University led training, with a further two days a week allocated to work within their service under close supervision. During the second term, this reduced to two days a week University training, with three days for CWPs to put their skills into practice within their service, supported by local supervisors and service development leads

 Length of Contract:                      Permanent (training last 1 year)

 Location:                                         Woking area (Eikon) or  Redhill area (YMCA East Surrey)

 Rate of pay:                                    £21,052/ equivalent to mid-point NHS Band 4

 Responsible to:                             CWP Service Manager

4 posts:                                             2 Woking based – The Eikon Charity, 2 Redhill based – YMCA East Surrey.

 About YMCA East Surrey

We’re a vibrant, local charity that helps vulnerable children, young people and adults to belong, contribute and thrive. Our wide range of projects and activities aim to help create happy, healthy and connected communities in East Surrey.

 About Eikon:

Eikon is a Surrey based charity that has been working in the local community for almost two decades, providing long-term support to some of the county’s most vulnerable young people and their families. Our vision is to develop happy, thriving and resilient young adults who can contribute positively to society.

 Main purpose of Job 

This is a training role within the Children and Young People’ Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (CYP IAPT). The post-holder will work within a CYP MHS as part of a multi-disciplinary team delivering, under supervision, high-quality; brief outcome focused evidence-based interventions for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

The training and service experience will equip the post holder with the necessary knowledge, attitude and capabilities to operate effectively in an inclusive, value-driven service.

The post holder will attend all university-based taught and self-study days required by the education provider, as specified within the agreed national curriculum and work in the service for the remaining days of the week using their newly developed skills.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assess and deliver, under supervision outcome focused, evidence-based interventions to children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
  • Working in partnership, support children, young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties and their families in the self-management of presenting difficulties, and in the development of plans for the intervention and agreed outcomes.
  • Attend multi-disciplinary meetings relating to referrals or CYP in treatment, where appropriate.
  • Keep coherent records of all activity in line with service protocols and use these records and outcome data to inform decision making. Complete all requirements relating to data collection.
  • Attend and fulfil all the requirements of the training element of the post including practical, academic and practice-based assessments.


CWPs will undertake certificate level training for 1 year, hosted by Kings College London (KCL), anticipated to begin in April 2018 and subject to confirmation from HEE.

The CWPs will be trained over the course of a year to offer brief, focused evidence-based interventions in the form of low-intensity support and guided self-help to young people who demonstrate mild/moderate:

  • Anxiety (primary and secondary school age)
  • Low mood (adolescents)
  • Common behavioural difficulties (working with parents for under 8s)

Knowledge, Experience & Skills


  • Evidence of working with children and young people with mental health difficulties
  • Evidence of ability to study successfully at undergraduate level or the equivalent
  • Evidence of working with children and young people with mental health difficulties
  • Demonstrates high standards of written communication
  • Minimum of a second-class university degree


  • Training in nursing, social work, occupational therapy, counselling or within a specific psychological therapy
  • Psychology or other health /social care/youth related undergraduate degree
  • Another relevant postgraduate degree
  • Experience of working in mental health or related services
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets are in place to demonstrating outcomes
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time

 Please note: You will need to make a dual application to The Eikon Charity/YMCA East Surrey and to the university here

If you have any questions about the programme or the application process, please in the first instance email

If you are interested in finding out more then please contact us at 

Further information including application form are below.

CWP Job Description


CWP training post Application Form

HEIs Info for Further Particulars KCL

KCL Application Guidance August 2018

Closing date for applications: 5pm 24th October 2018

Interviews: Start of November.

Start Date: January 2018


YMCA East Surrey and the Eikon Charity are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.  The suitability of all prospective employees or volunteers will be assessed during the recruitment process

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