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The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Family Trauma Clinician Clinical Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist or Arts/Play Therapist 

Location – London
Application Deadline – 20 May 2022 12:00
Vacancy Type – Permanent/Part time
Contract – Permanent
Working Hours
Part-time (21 hours per week – six sessions with two sessions to be worked on Wednesday). Some occasional out-of-hours work.
Salary Range
£47,000 to £48,500 per annum FTE, depending on experience, plus 6% contributory pension scheme
Job description Person specification

Job Summary

Clinical Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist or Arts/Play Therapist

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families supports distressed children and their families through innovative therapeutic practice and research, training and promoting awareness of mental health issues.

The Centre values diversity and aims to have a workforce that reflects this. We encourage applications from all sections of the community.

About the Family Trauma Team
The Family Trauma Team is focused on improving the fundamental relationship between an infant, child, young person, and their primary carer where there has been an experience of neglect, maltreatment and/or trauma within the family. The team bring together several specialisms in working with family and developmental trauma and strives to be supportive of individual, cultural and socioeconomic differences and to value diversity and self-reflection. More information can be found here.

We are looking for a therapist to join our multi-disciplinary Family Trauma Team, to be primarily based in our expanding Parental Conflict, Post Adoption and Special Guardianship Projects and to support the training programmes delivered by the team. Though specialist experience in these areas is not essential, a strong interest and some relevant experience in working with parental conflict and post adoption is required. Please note that appropriate membership with a UK regulatory body is essential for this post. Please refer to the job description and person specification for more information.

Please email with any job enquiries, or if you require assistance or experience difficulties when applying. Please note all our posts require candidates to have the Right to Work in the UK at the time of applying and we do not hold a sponsorship licence. 

The Centre has moved to a hybrid model of working (a mixture of onsite and home/remote working). Staff are working onsite for at least 40% of their working hours at the Anna Freud Centre in King’s Cross (4-8 Rodney Street, London N1 9JH). Face-to-face work with our most vulnerable clients will be required, which will be carried out in a safe and closely supervised environment. Some work may involve visiting family homes and community venues but will largely be based at the Anna Freud Centre. 

Contract duration

Closing date for applications
Midday(12pm), Friday 20 May 2022.

Notification of interview
Shortlisted applicants will be notified no later than Friday 27 May 2022. Please note: due to volume of applications expected, we will be unable to notify unsuccessful candidates.

Interviews will be held in June 2022, including:
⦁    Monday 6 June (09:00-14:00); 
⦁    Wednesday 8 June (10:00-14:00);
⦁    Monday 13 June (09:00-14:00).

How to apply
Please click APPLY NOW button at top of the page.
We are unable to accept CVs and kindly request no contact from agencies.


Therapy Team Manager (& Complex Case Therapist)


Full or Part time (4 or 5 days) available. Term Time (based on 40 weeks p/year)


Inner London Primary schools, with Occasional travelling to our HO for meetings. We are primarily looking for staff in the Wandsworth area.


£36,771 p/a (full time salary). Pro-rata working 5 days & Term Time only – £31,877 (Incl. holiday pay allowance) paid equally on Monthly basis over 12 months.


Reporting to the Hub Manager.

About UP

Unlocking Potential deliver high performing therapeutic programmes and education provision for children and young people with SEMH needs. We work in collaboration with families, communities, and other partners to ensure that children and young people access the interventions they need in order to thrive.

About The Schools Programme

We are recruiting for a Therapy Team Manager (& Complex Case Therapist) who will join our Schools Programme, a school based therapeutic service which benefits the whole school community. The programme provides high-quality support to children and families affected by social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).

The programme currently works in primary schools across London boroughs, and we have a multi-disciplinary team including: Psychotherapists; Creative Arts Therapists; Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists, who provide flexible, timely and targeted interventions to improve emotional wellbeing and help children to thrive.

We work in partnership with children, parents and carers, and staff playing an important role in each school’s pastoral system in the knowledge that working together benefits the child.

To find out more about our work please visit:

Role Overview

We are seeking dedicated individuals who are passionate about helping children achieve their full potential to join our Schools Programme.

In the role of Therapy Team Manager & (Complex Case Therapist) you will draw on your experience as a qualified therapist alongside your excellent organisational and relationship management skills to effectively coordinate and lead the service, working flexibly and responsively within your school. You will be the bridge between the service and the school, working closely with the school’s staff (e.g. senior leadership, teachers, safeguarding leads, inclusion team etc) and attending multi-agency meetings.

Your responsibilities will include managing referrals and assessments, liaising with parents and carers, maintaining accurate records, and monitoring and evaluating the impact of the service. You would also deliver some short-term 1-1 and/or group interventions, lunchtime clubs and ‘Speak UP’ within your school and, one day per week, you would deliver 1-1 therapy to children in a different school to maintain your clinical practice.

Other information

  • Closing date: Monday 9th May 2022
  • Interview dates: Monday 16th May 2022
  • Please make your application by submitting your CV along with a supporting statement (max 2 A4 pages) which clearly demonstrates your suitability for the role and how you meet the key criteria set out within the person specification criteria (we will be reviewing shortlisted candidates closely against the person specification)


           Creative Arts Therapist

 Summary   Aspire Academy Bexley is part of London South East Academies Trust. Aspire Academy Bexley is a primary SEMH school which provides education for pupils who have an ECHP plan and live in London Borough of Bexley as well as offering places to out of borough children. All pupils at Aspire have a diagnosis of SEMH. Many pupils also have a diagnosis of ADHD, ASD, speech and language difficulties and trauma.

An opportunity has arisen for a robust, self-motivated and energetic Arts Therapist to join the therapy provision within the school, supporting and sharing the lead on a holistic and whole-school approach to mental health and well-being. The candidate will have capacity to work with an integrative evidence based approach both directly and indirectly to meet the various needs of the pupils.

They will offer formal sessional work to support students, staff and parents alongside promoting well-being through innovating whole school initiatives, advocacy and training/supervision for staff members. The Therapist should be a team-player, also able to work independently within the school to manage their caseload. They will be supported by a larger therapy team (comprised of therapists from the 10 schools within the Trust), whose meetings and peer supervision they will contribute to weekly.  The candidate will report both to the Heads of School and to their line manager.

An essential part of the role will be to ensure that we achieve and maintain a truly integrated therapy & learning provision where emotional wellbeing is fundamental in ensuring that our pupils are able to engage in their learning and make progress.

 Post Location                            Aspire Academy Bexley

 Position Status                            Fixed term until July 2023 then reviewed

 Contractual Hours:                    36

 Contractual Weeks:                   39

 Salary:                                       Bexley 12 (salary fte £31,140 to £36,639)

 Post Start Date:                         Asap

 Closing Date:                             28th April 2022

 Interview Date:                            Week commencing 2nd May 2022

Aspire Academy Bexley

Aspire Academy Bexley provides a continuum of education, and support and guidance for pupils in Bexley and beyond whose needs are not best met in a mainstream school.  We work closely with local stakeholders including primary and secondary schools in Bexley and the Local Authority as well as a wide range of support agencies to ensure that we can deliver the best education, interventions and opportunities for our pupils.  Our offer is not only in our schools but beyond them in supporting pupils at risk of exclusion in the local community.  Our aspirations are high for all of our children and young people and we believe in inclusion in the widest sense.  Our ethos is of engagement and positive participation, a message we communicate to pupils, our staff and our stakeholders. For further information about the school please visit the school website:   

London South East Academies Trust

London South East Academies Trust currently comprises eight schools, providing high quality education for 5-19-year olds across the boroughs of Bromley, Bexley and Surrey. Our schools, all rated Good by Ofsted, include a mainstream primary alongside special and alternative provision.

Formerly known as Bromley Educational Trust, our expanding multi academy trust was renamed in 2016, reflecting our aim to develop excellent education across the wider region.

Your Opportunity

Further details about this vacancy are available on the job description. Alternatively, if you wish to discuss the post further please contact Heather Hopkins/ Julie Arkwright, Interim Co-Head of School, on 020 83041320 or email

Your Application

 To apply for this vacancy please complete the application form, available to download  below, paying particular attention to Section 4 of the form, to indicate how you satisfy the criteria set out in the Person Specification. Once you have completed this, the form should be submitted via email to . Alternatively, paper applications should be sent to School Business Manager, c/o Horizons Academy Bexley, Lensbury Way, Abbey Wood, London, SE2 9TA.

Aspire therapist info & Person Spec 2022

Aspire Acadamy Application Form – LSEAT

The closing date for your application is as stated above.

References will be requested for those shortlisted only and prior to interview.

Only those shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

This post is considered to be a customer-facing position; as such it falls within scope of the Code of Practice on English language requirement for public sector workers.  The school therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the person specification. These will be applied during the recruitment/selection and probationary stages.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Offers of employment are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure and other employment checks.

The school is committed to equality and diversity in employment practice and service delivery.


Lay Member Vacancy

Could you be a Trustee with British Association of Play Therapists? BAPT is looking for a Lay Member to join the Board of Directors as a critical friend. BAPT is a registered charity (Reg 1115763) and registered company (Reg 05477406) seeking lay members for its governing body.  If any of the following statements apply to you then we would like to hear from you:

  • I am/was a service user of play therapy
  • I work in a profession where children have benefitted from play therapy (e.g. education, legal, residential child care, social work)
  • I have experience as a trustee


  • I am over 18 years old
  • I am committed to promoting the benefits of play therapy.

BAPT has been running for 30 years and its main tasks are:

  • Promoting the benefits of play therapy
  • Public protection (e.g setting standards for competency, maintaining an ethical framework for practice, providing a complaints process for professional conduct matters)
  • Maintaining a register of qualified Play Therapists in accordance with the requirements of Professional Standards Authority accreditation
  • Accrediting qualifying training
  • Supporting its members

BAPT is a member led organisation. BAPT is managed by a group of like-minded people who voluntarily give their time to sustaining BAPT and welcomes diversity and service user perspectives.  If you joined us you would be expected to:

  • Attend bi-monthly meetings of the Board of Trustees/Directors (online or in person)
  • Attend AGMs and extraordinary meetings
  • Support the tasks of the Board of Trustees/Directors
  • Exercise your right to vote in the interests of BAPT and its role and responsibilities.

For information about the Lay Member and Person Specification  to download the document.
Travel and other approved expenses are paid in relation to meeting the requirements of this role

The application form is available to download at Please submit a full CV with the completed application form.

If you are interested in finding out more about what it means to be a Trustee/Director of BAPT please email or telephone 01932 828638.


London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Title of post : Play Therapist – Specialist Intervention Service

Location : Barking Town Hall (Hybrid Working)

Job description and person specification : attached as PDF also available on website via link

Contact email address(es) :

Link to downloadable file (eg application form if relevant) : JDPS (GLPC) – Play Therapist (Adolescence) SIS.pdf

Link to website(s) and social media : Welcome to Barking and Dagenham | LBBD

About you:

The incoming child and adolescent play/creative therapist will need to enable the adolescent in exploration of their themes, and evidence competence in incorporating creative and talking therapy models, mediums and theories to facilitate therapeutic change, and the young person’s understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviour to support them in overcoming their distress.

This position would suit a Creative Relational counsellor/therapist who works with young people and who holds play therapy qualifications. Whilst the post will predominantly focus on working with teenagers and young people, it will also require a flexibility to use play therapy with children as operationally required within the team.

The applicant must be able to display a working knowledge and relevant practise of counselling 12–18-year-olds using a creative relational model, whilst being trained as a play therapy to engage with 3–11-year-olds as operationally required. They must be able to offer both non-directive and semi-directive methods as is necessary.

Critical criteria.

Personal: Energy, passion, perseverance and an eagerness to creatively engage with child/young person and their connected people and professionals. An insightful team player.

Professional: Relevant professional therapy qualifications and accreditations with therapy bodies. We offer creative clinical supervision and work as a small coherent therapeutic team with clear management and peer interaction. It is essential that the incoming team member understands working within corporate care processes in order to work in a close multidisciplinary way. Analytical report writing is critical to this position.

About us

This is an exciting time to join the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham. We have been on a journey over the last few years, that has seen us transform the council and the way we deliver our services. At the heart of this transformation is our community. We need committed individuals to support us in the delivery of these aims and to become part of our team to make a difference to our children and families. In return we offer a competitive pay package,  generous pension, annual leave up to 30 days, investment in your learning and development as well as a commitment to your wellbeing. We work in a dispersed way, offering flexible working arrangements.

How To Apply

To apply, please upload your CV by 13th April 2022. It is essential that you attach a CV, addressing in the application form how you meet the criteria and drive values indicated in the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy. The criteria and qualities/drive values are marked as AF1-6 and AFV1-3 respectively.

Barking – JDPS (GLPC) – Play Therapist (Adolescence) SIS


Play Therapist

We have an exciting opportunity for a qualified Play Therapist with experience of working with children and familiar with a school environment to join the Think Children team.  Think Children are a well-respected Nottinghamshire based charity providing vital early help for primary aged school children who are struggling to cope with emerging emotional, social and/or behavioural issues

Salary:                             £16.42/hour.  18 hours/week (annualised hours)

Employee Benefits           Pension scheme, 5 weeks paid holidays per annum pro rata


The post holder will predominately be working one to one with children in their primary school alongside developing group sessions to be delivered into the schools on topics such as coping with stress and anxiety.

More about us: Think Children has, over 25 + years, established a respected record in delivering front-line services to children. Even during the pandemic 2020-2021 Think Children still managed to reach 136 children in Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City, delivering 1,306 sessions in 40 schools with excellent outcomes. For an overview refer
For further information/application pack: please contact: Chris Maxwell Quality Assurance Manager – initially by Email:

Tel:  01636 676887

Completed Applications to be received by: 15/04/2022

Interviews: – Week beginning 25/04/2022 to be conducted via Zoom video teleconferencing unless otherwise advised


Role: Play Therapist / Art Therapist/ Child Psychotherapist

Contract: Full Time / Part Time and Sessional options available (May be required to complete evening and weeks to meet the needs of the children)

Hours: Flexible – can be negotiated

Location: Required to travel to Play rooms in Stoke and/or Stockport as well as occasionally to Halliwell homes in the Stoke, Cheshire and Lancashire regions.
Salary: £33,000 – £40,000 per annum (dependant on experience and qualifications).

Closing Date: 1st April 2022

Interview Date: Week Commencing 11th April 2022

Halliwell are a social enterprise that offers a clinically informed practice encompassing educational, clinical and residential care services. Our objective is to enhance the psychological wellbeing of children within the care system through our Restorative Parenting recovery programme.

You will be an important member of a large and busy clinical team, who are integral to the running of our clinically-informed Trauma Treatment Programme. To provide one to one psychotherapy sessions for children aged 5 to 14 who have experienced severe and complex trauma and loss. These sessions will be carried out in our dedicated play rooms in Stockport and in Stoke on Trent. These rooms are stocked with a variety of resources to carry out play and art-based as well as relational psychotherapies.

We recognise this work is highly complex and requires a high degree of dedication and personal resources, therefore we provide clinical supervision for the work to all our clinicians.

The main responsibilities for the role will include:

  • Work closely with the Head of Clinical Services to provide one to one, specialist support to children suffering with the impact of trauma and attachment difficulties, through a variety of creative modalities.
  • Assist in the development of plans to meet the needs of the children in line with their Individual Support Plans.
  • Add to risk assessment and risk management plans for children to meet their emotional, behavioural and social needs.
  • Routinely measure clinical outcomes
  • Attend regular clinical supervision and team meetings
  • Occasionally attend professionals meetings in relation to children with whom you are working
  • Keep updated with relevant theory and research materials to support evidence-based practice
  • Provide and maintain comprehensive clinical and consultation records
  • Report clinical outcomes and data to the Head of Clinical Services.
  • Coordinate and communicate service delivery with relevant stakeholders
  • Undertake continued clinical professional development and clinical supervision
  • To assist with any other ad hoc duties commensurate to this job role and pay scale, as directed by management

The successful candidate will have the following Qualifications:

  • Possess a recognised qualification in Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Psychotherapy, Psychology
  • Possess a good standard of English and Maths.
  • Must hold membership of accredited professional body (eg HCPC, BACP, BAPT, BAAT, UKCP)
  • UK Driving License with the ability to commute to and from work independently.

 The successful candidate will have the following Experience/Key Skills:

  • Extensive experience delivering psychotherapy to children including primary school aged children
  • Knowledge of attachment theories and the impact of development trauma
  • Good working knowledge of different modalities appropriate to working with children
  • Experience of delivering one to one intensive psychotherapy within a statutory or other professional setting
  • Be confident, organised and motivated with a desire to succeed and make a positive difference to a child’s life.
  • Understanding of safeguarding and appropriate information sharing
  • An understanding of diverse needs of different cultural groups.
  • Have a positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • Be able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Be empathetic and have a good understanding of the Restorative Parenting® recovery programme.
  • Possess excellent communication skills.
  • Demonstrate extensive experience working within a similar role with children.
  • To undertake any reasonable travelling requirements to fulfil the tasks and responsibilities of the role.
  • Good administration skills as well good I.T/Data inputting skills.
  • Attend and participate in learning and development events, conferences and practice meetings to maintain your knowledge for the role.

 What we can offer you:

  • We offer a highly competitive rate of pay and access to a career pathway including access to  professional qualification studies fully funded up to Level 7 (Masters)
  • Comprehensive training, professional development opportunities and the support of senior colleagues.
  • Access to a company laptop and Mobile phone.(Role dependent)
  • Perkbox Account
  • Access to Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Auto-Enrolment Pension Scheme
  • Refer a Friend Scheme up to £1200

If you feel you have the skills and experience to join our team, please click ‘Apply now’

Halliwell is an equal opportunities employer and all applications received will be considered on the basis of their merit alone and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals regardless of background. All offers of employment will be conditional on the candidate having and securing satisfactory safer recruitment compliance checks.

Halliwell follows safer recruitment when recruiting employees for all roles within the organisation at it is paramount that all applications are aware of their responsibilities when working with vulnerable children. All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Services (DBS)

Halliwell Application Form 17.03.2021

Halliwell Play, Art Therapist Person Specification March 2022

Child Psychotherapist/Play Therapist

Halliwell are a social enterprise that offers a clinically informed practice encompassing educational, clinical and residential care services. Our objective is to enhance the psychological wellbeing of children within the care system through our Restorative Parenting recovery programme.

Halliwell Homes is a leading provider of trauma informed, residential therapeutic care to children aged between five and twelve years old who have complex emotional and behavioural needs. We are currently recruiting a Psychotherapist – Children and Adults who is able to work with children and adults, including groups.

The main responsibilities:

  • To liaise with internal and external professionals and family members as appropriate.
  • To engage in relevant research and support the development of and adherence to our therapeutic practice model.
  • Provide Integrative Psychotherapeutic support to children suffering with the impact of trauma and attachment difficulties, through a variety of creative modalities.
  • Contribute to the formulation and implementation of plans of specialist psychological treatment and management of the children’s mental health needs.
  • Provide a specialist psychological perspective in the assessment of children referred to the programme.
  • Provide reflective practice sessions for teams working with and educating traumatised children.
  • Have a good understanding of children with Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory difficulties, and be required to carry out functional assessments.
  • Support staff in their work with children with extra sensory needs.
  • Consult with and provide specialist psychological guidance and training to carers and, where appropriate, families and professionals.
  • Undertake some training in various theoretical aspects of the Restorative Parenting programme and associated psychology subjects to the practice teams.
  • Consult with and advise colleagues from other professions on the progress and emotional well-being of children.
  • Participate in meetings concerned with the delivery and developments of clinical services and contribute a psychological perspective as appropriate.
  • Develop and maintain good communication links with the NHS, Social Services and other appropriate agencies.
  • To participate in regular clinical supervision
  • To work within the Code of Ethics and the relevant professional practice guidelines of the British Psychological Society/BACP/UKCP/ACP and the professional guidance frameworks of Halliwell Homes.
  • To carry out such other duties as agreed with the Clinical Director.

The successful candidate will:

  • Full members of BAPT.
  • Ideally possess a MA/MSC in Psychology or Psychotherapy.
  • Possess a degree (preferably 2:1 or above) in Psychotherapy or Psychology.
  • Demonstrate experience in this role or working within a similar role.
  • Have a positive ‘can do’ attitude whilst having the ability to work under pressure in a demanding environment with a high and manageable workload.
  • Be empathetic and have a good understanding of the Restorative Parenting® recovery programme.
  • Be persuasive and possess excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work to key performance indicators to monitor trends and development within each home.
  • Monitor developments in line with Halliwell vision in relation to maximising opportunities and helping grow the organisation.

For more information on this role please contact a member of the HR department on 0161 437 9491 (option 3) or



The Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies (BCAT) is entering a very exciting time with the aspiring and motivating CEO and Clinical Lead. To complement this management team, we are looking to increase our 40+ Arts Therapists to help support the charity in its future successes.

You will join an established organisation as it embarks on this ambitious phase of growth to deliver Arts Therapies to as many individuals as possible in our established areas of Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

BCAT also have opportunities for you to work with a wide demographic of clients from young children to elderly, looked after children, school based work, English as an additional language, individuals with a variety of disabilities and so many more. We also have a number of school placements to fill in the Birmingham area. We also carry our a number of really important projects in regards to refugee support, women’s support and are open to support your future projects and ideas.

If you are looking at increasing your workload and wish to join BCAT on a freelance basis then send us an email to find out more.

Things to remember:

  • This is freelance work- you manage your caseload, your taxes and invoicing
  • £40ph for 1:1 work
  • £70ph for group work
  • Opportunities to attend and present seminars
  • Optional involvement in fund-raising events
  • Exemplary multidisciplinary team working
  • CPD support
  • Departmental meetings
  • Excellent relationships

To be part of BCAT we need you to be:

  • HCPC Registered (essential)
  • Masters qualification (essential)
  • Experience of working with a wide range of client groups
  • Experience in working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Dynamic, creative and flexible in their approach
  • Driving license preferrable, although not essential

We will consider newly qualified therapists too.

For more information contact our Clinical Lead, Dawn Durrant

We look forward to welcoming you to BCAT’s future!

Closing date: Friday 1 April 2022

Interviews online: Tuesday 5 April 2022


MINDHEART Creative Therapies is a South London-based Community Interest Company,  providing Creative Arts & Family Therapy in Primary and Secondary Schools. For further information please visit our website:

Since MINDHEART was founded in 2020, our team has supported over 130 children and young people. The pandemic has exacerbated social, emotional and communication difficulties, and now more than ever, children need support to navigate these challenging times.

Our current Therapy Team consists of passionate and hard working individuals – 5 Dramatherapists, an Art therapist and a Family Therapist, working alongside schools to provide urgent mental health support.

In order to meet the varying needs of children and young people, we are looking to expand the services we offer, to also include more Play, Art, Music and further Family Therapy interventions.

A couple of schools have expressed interest in Play Therapy for Summer Term, so we are urgently vetting a number of Play Therapists to potentially be ready to work from April. A provisional meeting with the school and MINDHEART to introduce therapy has been set for Monday 21/Tuesday 22 (am). The school have received Play Therapy for a number of years.

Are you a Play Therapist looking to join a team dedicated to providing quality support, and share MINDHEART’s mission and core values of INTEGRITY, PARTNERSHIP AND INCLUSIVITY?

Have you at least a year’s experience working with children and young people and are ready to start working with us over the Summer Term?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

Please email asap, and we will arrange a time to speak.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you,

Nicola Thorp and Yolanda Calzado Gil

Co-founders & Managing Directors

MINDHEART Creative Therapies C.I.C.


Clinical Supervisor

 About the role

Connect-Ed is one of the largest providers of counselling and therapy services to schools in London.  Our overriding motivation is to make a positive difference to children’s lives, and we deliver a unique service which is tailored to each child’s individual needs.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and growing team of professionals who are passionate about supporting children’s mental health.  We are looking for a Clinical Supervisor with extensive experience of supervising creative therapeutic work with children and young people. The Clinical Supervisor will provide both one-to-one and group supervision for our team of experienced school-based counsellors/therapists.

The Clinical Supervisor will also work closely with our Service Managers and the Head of Schools Services and Safeguarding to develop our clinical offer to schools. This is a rare opportunity to play a leading role in developing this key area of our work.  Your strong clinical skills will help enhance the quality and reach of these vital services, ensuring many more vulnerable children can access the support they need.


A term-time only post, this role is ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy the long school holidays!  Flexible working options are available, including working either full-time (35 hours per week) or part-time.  The successful candidate will receive an excellent package including an 11% employer pension contribution, hybrid working options and access to an employee assistance scheme.

SALARY: £41,463 – £44,492 FTE (Pro rata term-time only: £35,473 – £38,064)

HOURS: Full-time and part-time available

Role requirements

We are looking for someone with:

  • A minimum Level 6 (or equivalent) qualification in counselling/therapy
  • A minimum Level 6 qualification in Clinical Supervision
  • At least five years’ experience of practising as a counsellor/therapist with children/young people.
  • At least five years’ experience of offering clinical supervision to counsellors/therapists working with children and young people.
  • Membership/ accreditation with an appropriate professional body (e.g. BACP/UKCP/BAPT/HCPC) relevant to your training/qualification.
  • A good understanding of child development and childhood mental health disorders.
  • Strong knowledge of safeguarding guidance/legislation and experience of practically applying this knowledge when dealing with safeguarding concerns.


A full job description and application form can be found here:

CLOSING DATE: Monday 28th March 2022
INTERVIEW DATE: Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th April 2022

Connect-Ed is the delivery arm for the mental health services provided by the Catholic Children’s Society, a registered charity that supports disadvantaged children and families.  We are an inclusive employer and there is no requirement for applicants to be Catholic.  For more information about our mental health services please visit

CCS is committed to safe recruitment and the post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Charity No. 210920


School Counselling Service Manager

 About the role

Connect-Ed is one of the largest providers of counselling and therapy services to schools in London.  Our overriding motivation is to make a positive difference to children’s lives, and we deliver a unique service which is tailored to each child’s individual needs. 

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced mental health professional, Speech and Language Therapist (SLT), Social Worker or Educational Professional to join us and lead a team of qualified and experienced counsellors/ psychotherapists based on-site in schools.

     Connect-Ed has grown rapidly over the last 10 years.  We are seeking a highly motivated and dynamic leader with a strong management background to support staff to deliver outstanding early intervention mental health programmes for children and young people. 


In this four day per week role you will receive an excellent package including an 11% employer pension contribution, 30 days annual leave (pro rata), hybrid working options and access to an employee assistance scheme.  

SALARY: £41,463 – £44,492 FTE (Pro rata four days per week: £33,170 – £35,594)

HOURS: Four days per week (28 hours)

Role requirements

The successful applicant will have:

  • A qualification in counselling/therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, social work or teaching.
  • Membership/ accreditation with an appropriate professional body (e.g. BACP/UKCP/BAPT/HCPC) where relevant to your qualification.
  • Direct experience of delivering mental health services in schools.
  • At least five years’ post qualifying experience of working as a mental health professional/SLT/Social Worker/Teacher.
  • A strong track record of engaging effectively with schools and school staff to deliver services.
  • A good understanding of child development and childhood mental health disorders.
  • Experience of team/performance management and the ability to inspire staff to work to the highest professional standards.
  • Strong knowledge of safeguarding guidance/legislation and experience of practically applying this knowledge when dealing with safeguarding concerns.


A full job description and application form can be found here:

CLOSING DATE: Monday 28th March 2022

INTERVIEW DATE: Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th April 2022

Connect-Ed is the delivery arm for the mental health services provided by the Catholic Children’s Society, a registered charity that supports disadvantaged children and families.  We are an inclusive employer and there is no requirement for applicants to be Catholic.  For more information about our mental health services please visit

CCS is committed to safe recruitment and the post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Charity No. 210920

Title: Therapist/Psychotherapist, 1-2 days/week, term-time only

Location: School based in the Hook/Chessington area

Would you like to work for a small social enterprise providing long-term group therapy to disadvantaged children and their parents/care-givers within London area schools? We are recruiting for vacancies in West London.

You: A lively therapist with a background of working with children and/or families, e.g. play therapist, family therapist, integrated arts psychotherapist, educational psychotherapist or drama therapist

  • Qualified with 5+ years’ experience and registered with a professional body (BAPT, UKCP, BACP etc)
  • Interested in group work/systemic change
  • Available to work mid-week (Tues, Weds or Thurs) and available for supervision and team meetings on one Friday per month.
  • Experienced and comfortable working within a school environment and with school leadership team.

We Offer:

  • Competitive salary
  • Monthly group and individual supervision
  • Training in our Family Group methodology and our Theory of Change


Working within a school, with a school-based member of staff, to deliver ‘Family Group’ on-site with up to eight families whose children are struggling at school. This includes:

  • Working with the school to identify and recruit children and their families to the Family Group
  • Delivering the Family Group weekly session in accordance with our prescribed procedures
  • Working with teachers and school leaders to raise the profile of Family Group at school with staff and parents

The full Job Description is attached.

Closing Date: 31st March 2022

Please contact Mark Griffiths (CEO) for more details:


Phone: 07540 806 248

Find out more about us here:

If you are interested in the role, then we would be delighted to hear from you.  Please contact us with an up-to-date CV and we will be in touch to have an initial informal chat.

Job Description for FG therapist Feb 2022


Job title                                     Creative Arts Therapist

Application Closing Date:         March 1st 2022

Location                                    Bramley Oak Academy, Horsham Road, Bramley, Guildford, GU5 )BJ

Salary                                        £31,273 – £34,519 (full-time equivalent salary)

                                                  £26,903 – £29,787 (actual salary)

Job category/type                      Support Staff

Contractual Hours                     36 hours per week

Contractual Weeks                    39 weeks, Term Time only

Interview Date:                          Week commencing: TBC

Contract Status:                        Full time or part time will be considered

 Bramley Oak Academy – KS2 SEMH Alternative Provision

We are looking for a dedicated, highly adaptable and skilled Creative Arts Therapist to work with pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties at our KS1 and KS2 Alternative Provision in Guildford. This is a hugely exciting opportunity to be part of an award winning team whose work really can make a difference.

An opportunity has arisen for a robust, self-motivated and energetic Arts Therapist to join the current creative arts therapy team in managing the therapy provision within the school, supporting and sharing the lead on a holistic and whole-school approach to mental health and well-being. The candidate will have capacity to work with an integrative evidence based approach both directly and indirectly to meet the various needs of clients.

They will offer formal sessional work to support students, staff and parents alongside promoting well-being through innovating whole school initiatives, advocacy and training/supervision for staff members. The Therapist will work independently within the school to manage their caseload and organise caseload of trainee. They will be supported by larger therapy team (comprised of therapists from the 10 SEMH provisions within the Trust), whose meetings and peer supervision they will contribute to weekly.  The candidate will report both to the Head of School and to their line manager.

For further information about the school, please visit:

London South East Academies Trust

London South East Academies Trust currently comprises of ten schools, providing high quality education for 5-19-year olds across the boroughs of Bromley and Bexley and Surrey.

If you have any further questions please contact

As the Trust supports a number of children and vulnerable adults, all staff are exempt from Section 4(2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  Accordingly, most staff will be subject to an ‘Enhanced’ DBS (formerly CRB) check.


Post:                                       Creative Arts Therapist

 Responsible to:                     Head Teacher

 Site/Location:                        Bramley Oak Academy, Guildford

Weeks:                                   39


 To deliver formal short, medium or long-term therapeutic interventions to young people aged 5-11yrs referred through school referral meetings. Small group work or psychoeducational work may be required where appropriate.

  1. Join the current creative arts therapy team on leading a whole-school approach to therapy.
  2. Join the current creative arts therapy team on leading on Mental Health and Wellbeing within the school to influence policy and practical support.
  3. The postholder will need to work with an integrative evidence-based approach both directly and indirectly to meet the various needs of children both in a class/small group and 1:1 capacity.
  4. The postholder will be responsible for holding occasional crisis sessions and staff supervision/support as well.
  5. The appointed therapist will have the flexibility to use a range of interventions, as specified by the evidence base, to support a spectrum of emotional and behavioural issues. The therapist’s approach will need to be tailored to suit the often immediate needs of individual young people while remaining within the capabilities of the practitioner. It is expected that interventions will include cognitive-based work, creative techniques and supportive and exploratory counselling and psychotherapy. All interventions will need to take into account the dynamics of school, work via external agencies and home life.
  6. The approach used by the therapist should be consistent with a relevant professional body accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, for example:
  7. Professional requirements of the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework, and specifically BACP’s Good Practice Guidance for Counselling in Schools.
  8. Evidence base contained within the DCSF guidance (‘using the evidence to inform your approach – a practical guide for head teachers and commissioners’).


  1. Carrying a caseload consisting of weekly client sessions with young people aged 5-11, staff members and parents/carers at any one time.
  2. They will offer ad hoc Drop-In sessions as necessary, weekly provision of various Wellbeing, organising the caseload of trainee therapists and communicating this to staff.
  3. Being involved with the delivery of the therapeutic service in the school and across the Trust, working with colleagues to promote the service, liaising with and promoting it to school staff and other stakeholders.
  4. Building, maintaining and modelling good, effective working relationships with the Head, management teams and staff in the schools. Participating in inter-departmental meetings, including participating in SLT meetings and ensuring regular contact with Safeguarding and Behaviour Teams.
  5. Holding responsibility for the therapeutic culture at the school; psychoeducation through regular CPD training, modelling good practice and delivering a robust programme of well-being activities and resources to support the whole staff team. To lead on and identify staff training needs where appropriate on Mental Health and Well-being topics.
  6. Ability to form part of the assessment program for determining if short and medium term evidence-based individual interventions are more suitable for clients as opposed to long term therapeutic programs in various school settings. Duration of interventions are assessed regularly by the therapist, dependent on any difficulties with engagement/ relationship building and awareness of other or multiple issues.
  7. To help develop and promote good mental health and well-being across the Trust, working pro-actively across schools in the Trust to advance the targets of the Therapy Service to create impact throughout the school system from Senior Management, policy and school environment to clinical and practical approaches. 
  8. Attending /contributing to referral and planning meetings with school staff and other agencies as necessary for pupils who pose management difficulties that are linked to mental health problems and where these difficulties are not resolvable through normal school procedures.
  9. Taking a pro-active approach to ensuring safeguarding concerns are raised appropriately, and contributing to CAF/safeguarding processes and meetings.
  10. Ensuring that all casework records are kept confidentially and in line with safeguarding procedures.
  11. Working with other professionals to ensure that the therapeutic input is appropriate to the needs of the client group, and that all therapeutic services follow the evidence base.
  12. To liaise with external services such as CAMHS as a component of good practice, and ensure regular two-way communication, support and guidance.
  13. Contributing to the therapy team’s lead on delivery of Social Emotional Mental Health evaluation of all students each term utilising a specific computer software. To promote SEMH as a component of school curriculum and support management of teacher-based deadlines regarding these areas.
  14. Contribute to overseeing SEMH analytics for individuals and the whole school. Gather and present data on the development of SEMH progress, and design interventions to support ongoing Therapy Strategy and areas for growth.
  15. Monitor the achievements of the therapy team according to the Trust-wide Therapy Strategy, and identify ongoing needs for development.
  16. To attend weekly LSEAT therapy team meetings and join in offering peer supervision on a roster.
  17. Any other duties as required by the evolving nature of the therapy provision (primarily initiating and leading the school in the evolving and expanding nature of the therapy and well-being service, attending multi-professional team meetings and other forums).


  • The school will provide regular line-management, peer supervision and subsidise a portion per academic year of external supervision.
  • The post holder will take direction from the Senior Leadership Team as appropriate.
  • Peer support from therapists across the trust will be provided on a fortnightly basis.
  • An induction and an online training which provides policy and guidance documents will be available.
  • Complete online CPD trainings as necessary, in a timely fashion.
  • Staff will be expected to participate in service promotion and development. This may involve their name and identifying details, including photographs, being included in promotional material.
  • Additional expenses will be claimed through the school as agreed by Head of School.
  • Access to a computer which is linked to the Trust or School Network and configured to Bromley security standards will be provided.
  • Safeguarding training will be provided and updated on a regular basis.

 This job description is provided to assist the post holder to know their principal duties. It may be amended from time to time in consultation with you without change to the level of responsibility appropriate to the grading of the post.

 PERSON SPECIFICATION: Creative Arts Therapist, Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead





Educated to degree level with an accredited qualification in arts therapy / psychotherapy



Membership of HCPC



Membership of professional body e.g. BAAT, BAMT BADth, UKCP



Evidence of a commitment to ongoing learning and continuous professional development



Knowledge and experience:



Experience of working with Social and Emotional Mental health/ adolescents from vulnerable demographics



Experience of working with young people with challenging behaviour.



Experience of delivering therapy both with young people and adults (staff sessions)



Knowledge and understanding of Safeguarding and child protection in schools



An understanding of health and safety and confidentiality



Experience of delivering training to staff



Experience or interest in CBT approach



Experience using evaluative data systems to monitor, track and analyse student progress



Skills and competencies:



Excellent written and verbal communication skills and an ability to work effectively with schools, parents, young people and other Children’s Services agencies.



Ability to work co-operatively and productively with other members of staff.



Other qualities:



Strong self-motivation with the ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines.



An understanding of, and commitment to, the College’s Health and Safety Policies



The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment



Ability to promote the Equality and Diversity Policy and a practical awareness of how to implement it.



Additional Information for Creative Arts Therapist

Application Form -BOA LSEAT


Full time Job vacancy for Qualified Therapist in Residential/Fostering setting working with young people.

Care Today and Parallel Parents are linked organisations operating Children’s Homes (30 plus) and an Outstanding Fostering Agency across a large part of the North of England and the Midlands. They are unique in that they remain Family run (non Corporate) and are focused on developing through Best Practice, rather than through Business Need.

 Main duties include :

  • Pay scale £27,913.60 – £30,513.60 dependent on qualifications and relevant experience
  • Holiday entitlement is 28 days inclusive of Bank Holidays
  • Working hours: 40 hours weekly, worked flexibly to meet the needs of children and young people.
  • You will form part of a therapeutic management team, co-ordinated by a qualified Social Worker/Therapist who is also a Clinical Supervisor .
  • You will be expected to provide 1-1 therapy as required and this will be assessed within the child’s individual therapeutic plan.
  • You will also be expected to work within the child’s wider context, including outreach family A community, integrated approach to identifying/supporting the child’s needs is a key concept.
  • You may be involved in group work within the home and reflective
  • You will be expected to be involved in the therapeutic community practice in the homes and explore current strategies and appropriate alternative
  • Training planning/delivery may be expected, where required, with staff and foster
  • Practice support with staff/carers to explore behaviour managemenUsupport strategies and relationships in the
  • Attend team meetings and Kids’ meetings; also, LAC reviews or any other meetings required.
  • You will be expected to monitor and track significant incidents and explore triggers and strategies.
  • Conduct Enhanced Key Worker sessions, where needed, to explore and gain an insight into the child’s perspective.
  • You will provide therapeutic assessments, as
  • You must maintain a positive CPD profile and maintain your accreditation with the appropriate registered

Also, as part of your role in therapeutic development, the Company will support you in further training, where appropriate. The Company will also subsidise your reasonable clinical supervision costs required to maintain your registration as a Therapist (exact amount to be agreed).

If you are interested in applying for the above position please contact attaching a copy of your CV:-


Child in Mind Ltd

Position available:             Play Therapist (3 posts available)

Location:                               Greater Manchester & Warrington areas

Salary:                                   £28,000 FTE (3 days per week – term time only)

Working for our organisation

Child in Mind exists to promote and facilitate the social, emotional and mental health of children and families throughout the Northwest of England. Our services provide a wrap-around approach that reaches not only children and families but also the professionals who work with them.

We are looking to recruit three experienced play therapists to join our amazing team. If you are passionate about making a difference to the emotional health and wellbeing of children and families then we would like to hear from you.

As a play therapist employed by Child in Mind Ltd you could be based either in schools, or at our Child & Family Therapy Centre in Salford.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A professional qualification in Play Therapy at Diploma level or above.
  • Current membership of BACP, BAPT, PTUK or equivalent
  • Minimum of 200 post qualifying hours
  • Experience of work with children and young people with a range of additional needs (ADHD, ASD, Developmental Trauma etc).
  • Experience of providing support to parents/carers/school staff.
  • Experience of working with multi-disciplinary agencies to deliver services and safeguard children
  • A strong understanding of the current issues relating to supporting and safeguarding Children and Young People.
  • An enhanced DBS. We require your DBS to be registered with the update service
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • A full driving licence and access to a car.

Please email your completed application to:

Or telephone Jayne or Katy for more information: 0161 279 8430

Job Description  Play Therapist Job description (CiM)

Person Spec. Play therapist person spec (CiM)

Application Form Therapist App form CiM



Be part of an award-winning innovative approach to children’s therapy! Pictologue is creating a world in which everyone can communicate, learn and have fun together!

Pictologue is a charitable organisation established in Richmond-Upon-Thames in 2013. We support children who have speech, language, communication and/or emotional wellbeing needs and are passionate about social inclusion, working closely with families, nurseries, schools and the local community.

  • Are you full of fun and creative ideas to bring therapy into real life at home, in nurseries, schools and the local community?
  • Do you enjoy making a difference to the lives of children who have communication needs and those who live and work with them?
  • Would you love to work in a small multi-professional specialist team, sharing ideas and best practice?

Play Therapist (fixed term maternity cover January – September 2022)

We are looking for an experienced Play Therapist to join our therapy team. You will be responsible for your own small caseload of clients (1-25 families) and you will contribute to the care provided for a shared caseload of families within our unique play and therapy groups, toy libraries, training and workshop services. You will participate in research and provide advice and support relating to your specialty for clients, customers, staff and the community to support Pictologue’s mission and objectives.

Hours: Part-time/full-time; flexible working negotiable; term-time negotiable

Salary: £25,000-£32,000 per annum pro-rata; salary based on experience and qualifications

For more information about the above posts and to arrange an informal chat, please email



We have an exciting opportunity arising with us.

Freelance Play Therapists

Title                            Play Therapist

Rate                            To be agreed

Hours                          Variable

Purpose of opportunity – To provide Play therapy and other therapeutic services to children and young people.

 Jogo Behaviour Support is a thriving education & therapeutic support service. It is seeking registered Play Therapists to join a register of consultants who offer support to children, young people and their families with social, emotional, mental health and behavioural difficulties. You will be contracted on an “as and when” required self-employed basis. The work will be based primarily in Northamptonshire.

You will be required to offer support in one or more of the following areas:

  • Therapeutic work with individuals and small groups
  • Working with children and their parents/carers

Jogo Behaviour Support aims to improve the lives of children, young people and their families through a range of services. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team making a difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people aged 3-18 years and their families.

Please note that we are unable to guarantee work as this will be dependent upon referrals. 

As the successful candidate you will: 

  • Be a qualified Play Therapist registered with BAPT/BACP/UKCP/PTUK
  • Be an excellent practitioner with experience of supporting children & young people presenting challenging behaviours 
  • The ability to work with a diverse group of children in a playful, creative, safe and child-centred way.
  • Be creative and flexible in the way that you work 
  • Have patience, stamina and a good sense of humour; 
  • Want to make a difference to the lives of children and young people 
  • Complement our established team and bring new ideas for excellence. 

This opportunity is crucial to maintaining our capacity to respond to preventative & early intervention requests. You will have recent experience of providing therapeutic support to pupils and students with a range of additional needs. A full driving licence and access to own vehicle is essential, as is a willingness to develop professionally. The post is subject to DBS clearance. 

To apply or for more information, please email or call us on 01604 832970 for an information pack and application form


Organisation: Trauma Recovery CIC
Title of post: Child & Family Therapist 
Location: Hertfordshire Bedfordshire 
Job description: Trauma Recovery CIC is looking for Child & Family Therapist to join the team. This role involves working with recent and past trauma, specifically but not limited to sexual, domestic and relational trauma which the client will have experienced recently, historically and / or vicariously. It is based in Hertfordshire / Bedfordshire.  You will have a base location and travel to hubs around the county to deliver therapeutic support. This role will require working remotely, face to face and mobile (based in our satellites – not working in clients homes)


  • Salary: 16K (20 hours per week)
  • 20 days holiday pay pro rata
  • Ongoing monthly individual clinical supervision
  • Regular case management supervision and team meetings
  • Multi-disciplinary trauma recovery service covering Herts and Beds
  • Working collaboratively with other professionals as part of a team
  • Short term and long-term therapeutic work
  • Opportunity to work with individuals, groups and families
  • Opportunities around training other professionals, talks about our service, trauma and sexual and domestic abuse
  • Must not have a private practice or work in a similar role elsewhere

Person Specification:


  • Qualified to level 4 standard
  • Experience of working with client group
  • Experience in working with sexual, domestic and relational trauma
  • Professional registration with NCS/BACP/UKCP or equivalent
  • An understanding of the psychological effects of trauma
  • Ability to engage clients with different cultural needs and to deliver counselling that is culturally sensitive
  • An understanding of emotional and practical issues which may arise in relation to survivors of trauma
  • Ability to develop good therapeutic relationships
  • Awareness of the needs of clients from a range of cultures, backgrounds, sexual orientations, disability and religious beliefs


  • Experience of both short and long term counselling
  • Experience of group counselling
  • Ability to manage the demands of working in a satellite venue
  • Willingness to work in different venues across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

Please download the attached file for a full role profile, person specification and details on how to apply. 

Place2Be is the leading provider of integrated therapeutic and emotional support in schools, reaching children aged 4 -14.

Place2Be champion early intervention and offers swift access to counselling and other services which tackle the complex social issues that result in educational disadvantage and unhealthy life choices. We passionately believe in helping children cope, so that they can begin to thrive and achieve at school and enter adulthood with a sense of hope.

 Making a lifetime of difference to children in Schools.


Place2Be Volunteer Counsellors

Nationwide – UK

If you are a qualified or trainee counsellor, or clinical psychologist and would like to work therapeutically with children, this is a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills in a primary

or secondary school setting, with on-site supervision. Placements are generally half or one day per week, for one academic year, term time only.

To apply, visit or contact the Volunteer Recruitment Team on 020 7923 5533 or

Place2Be is committed to equal opportunities and anti-discrimination practices and we positively encourage applications from all sections of the community. All successful applicants will be asked to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS.