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Award-winning youth charity Mentoring Plus supports young people aged 5-25 across several projects, all with the aim of offering positive 1-1 mentoring and opportunities to young people facing challenges, helping to build confidence, self-esteem, engagement with education and improved emotional wellbeing.


Our Student & Family Support (SAFS) service is a fully funded BathNES commission supporting young people to integrate into education following low attendance, exclusion or periods outside mainstream school.


We are seeking one or more skilled and confident professionals to join the SAFS team as Practitioners, initially for a fixed term 12 month contract but with potential to renew dependent upon commission and other funding.


As you’d expect, we look after our professionals with regular management supervision and monthly clinical supervision. We offer regular training, practice sharing and a commitment to staff wellbeing and development. Our small and friendly team comprises like-minded individuals all motivated to help young people feel safe, feel heard and feel hopeful for the future.


This role will take you to schools across Bath & NE Somerset daily, so driving and unlimited access to a well-maintained vehicle is essential. Some home-based working is possible between visits (not 100%).


Working within an established and supportive team and a proven delivery model, as a full-time SAFS Mentoring Practitioner you’ll be working directly with a cohort of 8-10 young people aged 5-16 and their families (each case typically up to 16 weeks) to understand and address underlying difficulties, develop resilience, offer practical help and forge supportive connections for the student within their school.


SAFS Mentoring Practitioners make a real difference to students struggling in education and their families, helping to identify unmet needs, unlocking practical solutions and rebuilding relationships with schools, leading to greater wellbeing and positive aspirations.


You’ll need to be happy working in homes, in schools and in the community to offer time, space and guidance, as well as applying strong knowledge of safeguarding and the local support infrastructure.


It’s fast-moving, rewarding work using awareness of emotional wellbeing and health to understand individual needs and circumstances, responding creatively and advocating for the student to be heard. You’ll need excellent relational skills and recent, relevant knowledge of school systems and safeguarding. Confident and compassionate communication will be a strength.


Full job description, person profile and application form at our website, link below.


Subject to funding, we may also have a part-time position available within the team Sept 24-Aug 25, on the same terms pro-rata. Please contact us to discuss or indicate on your application if you are interested in this option.


Application Details:

If you would like to apply for this role, and feel you have the skills and experience we are looking for, please download the full job description / role profile and application form from our website:


We follow Safer Recruitment guidelines and cannot accept an application in any other format. Please do not send a CV.


Please send your completed application to by Wed 3rd July 2024, 10am.


Questions about this role? Please call 01225 429694 during office hours and speak to Karen or Helen.


Mentoring Plus is committed to maximising inclusion irrespective of age, gender identity, ethnicity, background, life experiences, disabilities, learning difficulties, lifestyle, beliefs, etc, provided that individuals are able to meet the requirements of the role with appropriate support. We operate a strict equal opportunities policy for both adults and young people. Our central Bath premises have free parking and are wheelchair accessible.


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Safer Recruitment procedures will be followed including an enhanced DBS check and employment references taken and verified.

Student and Family Support (SAFS) Mentoring Practitioner


From £28.2k dep on experience


37.5 per week (possible scope for termtime-plus hours)

Contract Type:

Full time, 1 year initial contract from 1 Sep 2024


Based Bath, travel throughout BathNES

Close Date:

Wednesday, 3 July 2024

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