Behaviour Support Practitioner
Behaviour Support Practitioner
FTE £23,500 - £25,500
33hrs weekly Term Time Only 39 weeks per year
Pro rata salary = £17,615 - £19,114 p/a
At National Star we recognise that there are a range of issues outside of education that can have an impact on a learner's life at college. National Star's psychological and behavioural support team (known as the Talk2Team) promotes emotional wellbeing and Positive Behaviour Support (PBS), supporting learners in getting the most from their social, educational, and life skills programmes.
The role of the Behavioural Support Practitioner focuses on working with learners who present with challenging behaviour, supporting them in managing this through a variety of evidence-based interventions, with the ultimate aim of improving their quality of life. The post holder will be responsible for the functional analysis of behaviours and the consequent development of support plans, whilst working alongside support teams to develop their skills in delivering pro-active, person-centred approaches to working together with learners. In doing this, they will be expected to work collaboratively with other health professionals, including Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists, delivering evidence-based interventions that are based on the holistic understanding of the learner's needs.
Responsibilities of the Behaviour Support Practitioner:
- To take professional responsibility for a specialist caseload.
- To actively promote the emotional well-being of learners.
- To complete the functional analysis of behaviours that are impacting on a learner's wellbeing and opportunities.
- To develop Behaviour Support Plans using the results of assessments and update these regularly as new information becomes known or the learner's needs change.
- To develop resources that support the successful delivery of interventions.
- To promote the safe and effective management of incidents of challenging behaviour, including the implementation of environmental changes, risk management, reactive strategies and the debriefing process.
- To liaise and communicate with staff, allied health professionals and external agencies to exchange and elicit relevant information.
- To liaise with parents, families and carers, and communicate clearly and empathically the basis on which the Behaviour Support Plan is developed.
- To prepare information for key stakeholders and contribute to the learner's review process.
- To contribute to person-centred planning processes, presenting summaries of historical information and collaborating with members of staff, families and other stakeholders to ensure future plans promote the learner's well-being and are based on sound behavioural principles.
- To keep up to date and accurate records of work completed using agreed recording systems.
- To contribute to the organisation's pre-placement assessment process.
- Support staff teams in the implementation of Behaviour Support Plans through training and regular contact.
The successful Behaviour Support Practitioner will have:
- Level 6 qualification in psychology or a related discipline - i.e. undergraduate degree or equivalent.
- A minimum of 12 months experience of working with young people and adults with a learning disability and/or mental health condition.
- A proven track record of working successfully with people who display challenging behaviour, delivering positive outcomes for service users.
- Previous experience of working in a multidisciplinary manner with other professionals.
- Ability to manage own caseload and work autonomously.
- Excellent communicator with learners, staff, family and professionals.
- Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
- Commitment to continuing development of professional skills and knowledge.
- A sound knowledge of Positive Behaviour Support.
- Knowledge of relevant safeguarding requirements and how to help young people and vulnerable adults stay safe.
- The ability to work as a team member and on own initiative alongside a wide variety of professionals from all grades and disciplines.
Benefits of Working for National Star:
- Excellent career development opportunities
- Competitive remuneration package
- Health Shield medical cover (after successful probation)
- Use of gym and swimming pool (after successful probation and in line with timetable)
- Excellent working environment & facilities
- Award winning CPD department covering all training needs to include excellent comprehensive induction programme
- Employee Helpline
- Free DBS checks
- Contributory pension scheme
- Employee discounts at many Travel & Attractions, High Street Retailers, Supermarkets and Utilities and Motoring and much more
- NUS card