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* N.B. We aim to advertise vacancies that meet BAPT’s  recommended pay scales, however unfortunately not all posts advertised here will be so. 

CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse)

 Main purpose of job – To provide support to children under 12 (this age is flexible depending on the child’s level of maturity) who have experienced, or are at risk of sexual abuse, and their parents and carers.  The role also includes wider responsibilities as a member of CARA’s staff team, including management of sessional and/or volunteer counsellors, and activities to raise awareness of the impact of sexual violence amongst agencies and the wider community.

Reporting to:  Child and Young Person’s Practice Manager.

Start date:  As soon as possible (subject to Enhanced DBS Check and satisfactory references).

 Salary:   £27,741 – £29,577 (NJC Scales 23-25) per annum pro-rata, with pay rise expected.

Contract:  Fixed term contract until 31st March 2023, with potential for extension if funding is secured.

 Hours:  0.6fte (21 hours per week).  There may be potential for the post to develop and hours to increase, if funding allows.

Place of work: CARA’s premises in Colchester.  The post will also involve providing some remote service delivery, including home working.

 Holiday: 25 days per year, pro-rata.

 To apply: Please complete the application form, which can be downloaded from our website www.caraessex.org.uk, explaining how your skills and experience relate to the person specification.

Applications must specifically address each essential and desirable criterion, giving evidence from previous experience or qualifications. 

Application deadline: Tuesday 15th June, 11am.

First Interview Date:  Monday 21st or Tuesday 22nd June.

Second Interview Date: Monday 28th June

Start date: As soon as possible, subject to receipt of satisfactory references and enhanced DBS check.

Mandatory Training Dates: To be confirmed, provisionally Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th, Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th August.  

This post is restricted to women applicants under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1.

About CARA –  works with victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse, providing independent, specialist support and promoting and representing their rights and needs. 

CARA is a registered charity working with adults of all genders, young people and children from across mid and north Essex.  We have a head office in Colchester and outreach premises in Braintree, Chelmsford, Clacton-on-Sea, Great Dunmow and Harwich.  We also provide remote services.

About Synergy Essex – CARA is part of Synergy Essex – the Essex Rape and Sexual Abuse Partnership.   We work closely with SERICC Rape and Sexual Abuse Specialist Service and Southend-on-Sea Rape Crisis (SOS Rape Crisis) to deliver the contract for the Office for the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex for services for victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse across Essex.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – CARA seeks to be an inclusive organisation that actively encourages, supports and values diversity amongst both our service-users and our workers.  We particularly welcome applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds.

 Job Description – To provide support to children under 12 (this age is flexible depending on the child’s level of maturity) who have experienced, or are at risk of sexual abuse, and their parents and carers.  The role also includes wider responsibilities as a member of CARA’s staff team, including management of volunteer and/or sessional counsellors, and activities to raise awareness of the impact of sexual violence amongst agencies and the wider community.

Main Responsibilities
  • To provide play therapy and emotional support to young service-users.
  • To provide counselling and emotional support to their parents or carers.
  • To undertake client assessments and make appropriate arrangements for their support.
  • To liaise with other agencies including social care, the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) and schools, and attend meetings and provide reports, where required.
  • To keep client database records up-to-date.
  • To raise awareness in the community and within other agencies of the short and long-term responses people may develop to sexual abuse.
  • To line manage the work of CARA sessional counsellors and volunteers, where appropriate.
  • To keep up to date with relevant legislation, policy and practice issues.
  • To work flexible hours, including some after school and evening work, and occasional weekends.
  • To participate in CARA team meetings, supervision, training and development.
  • To provide specialist advice to other workers and agencies, including participation in delivery of training sessions.
  • To keep appropriate records in accordance with CARA policies and procedures.
  • To adhere in full to all CARA’s organisational policies and procedures, including safeguarding procedures.
  • To be administratively self-servicing.
  • To report to the Child and Young Person’s Practice Manger, Head of Operations, Chief Executive Officer and Trustees as required, including the production of regular written reports and verbal reports.
  • To undertake any other related activities as required by the Child and Young Person’s Practice Manager, Head of Operations, Chief Executive Officer or the Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Person Specification – This describes the knowledge, skills and experience required to perform the job effectively.  You will be required to address each criterion when completing the application form and will be required to produce evidence, where appropriate.

Essential – Diploma in Counselling or equivalent, with a minimum of 400 counselling hours.

  1. Experience of working therapeutically with children with psychological and behavioural problems.
  2. Certificate in Counselling Children, play therapy qualification or equivalent, or a willingness to work towards this.
  3. An understanding of child development.
  4. An understanding of how trauma affects children both physically and emotionally.
  5. A working knowledge of Attachment Theory.
  6. An ability to work creatively to enable children to process their conscious and unconscious emotions.
  7. An ability to work collaboratively with parents, while protecting children’s confidentiality.
  8. Knowledge and understanding of the wider issues surrounding childhood sexual abuse.
  9. Demonstrable understanding and experience of safeguarding in relation to children.
  10. Willingness to work flexible hours including after school hours and some evenings.
  11. The proven ability to work on own initiative, manage a varied workload and prioritise competing demands.
  12. Demonstrable understanding of the necessity for keeping and maintaining confidential records.
  13. Proven ability to work as part of a team.
  14. Good interpersonal skills and experience of working with a range of people from different backgrounds.
  15. Excellent written, oral and communication skills.
  16. A good working knowledge of office computer systems including a willingness to maintain accurate database records.
  17. A professional, flexible and non-judgemental approach to work.
  18. Demonstrable commitment to CARA’s ethos and mission statement.
  19. Membership of BACP, UKCP or equivalent professional body.

 Desirable

  1. Experience of working in the field of sexual violence and child sexual abuse.
  2. Experience of liaising with a range of different agencies.
  3. Experience of undertaking client assessments.
  4. Experience of crisis intervention.
  5. A demonstrable understanding of feminism and gender-based violence.
  6. An understanding of injustice and discrimination and a commitment to countering these.
  7. Full, clean driving license and access to own transport.

 

 

Play Therapist

Are you an experienced and qualified Play Therapist ready to take on an ambitious and challenging role based in Blaenau Gwent? 

An opportunity has arisen to work in Blaenau Gwent with young people in school years 3 to 6 (with consideration given to up to year 11 if appropriate).  This will be a 2 day per week, term time only arrangement.

We are seeking a motivated and committed self employed play therapist who can work flexibly on a multi-agency basis, supporting children and young people to manage their emotional wellbeing effectively where there has been an experience of trauma or abuse.  Payment is by way of a monthly invoice for a maximum of 8 hours per contracted day, seeing 5 children/young and includes associated admin etc.  You will be part of a team with The Independent Counselling Service for Young People which is coordinated and managed by Blaenau Gwent Youth Service.

The successful candidate would adhere to Ethical Principles for Good Practice and be a member of an appropriate recognised body with arrangements in place for your own professional supervision.  Candidates should be able to meet all the essential requirements in the job description, which is available on request.

The post will commence in September 2021.  The contract will initially be until March 2022 pending funding.

Two references will need to be provided before starting the post, as will an enhanced DBS check. 

For further information on the post, request a job description and submission of C.V. (by 25th June 2021) contact:

Claire Madden

Team Manager (Emotional Wellbeing)

Blaenau Gwent Youth Service

Email:Claire.madden@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

Mobile: 07581 628601

 

Counsellors 11-18 years

Are you an experienced and qualified counsellor ready to take on an ambitious and challenging role based in Blaenau Gwent’s secondary schools and possibly other young people’s settings?

An opportunity has arisen to work in Blaenau Gwent with young people aged 11-18 years including those in year 6 primary.  There are long term and fixed term posts available pending additional funding. 

We are seeking motivated and committed self employed counsellors who can work flexibly, on a multi-agency basis, supporting young people to manage their emotional wellbeing effectively over as many sessions as the young person would like/need.  Payment is by way of a monthly invoice for a maximum of 8 hours per contracted day, seeing 5 young people and includes associated admin etc.  (up to £160 per day).   The Independent Counselling Service for Young People is coordinated and managed by Blaenau Gwent Youth Service. 

The successful candidate would be a member of the BACP or other recognised body and have in place arrangements for their own professional supervision.  Candidates should be able to meet all the essential requirements in the job description, which is available on request.

The posts will commence in September 2021.  Temporary contracts will initially be until March 2022 and will be reviewed for extension in line with available funding. Ongoing contracts are reviewed annually in line with the needs of the service.

Two references will need to be provided before starting the post, as will an enhanced DBS check. 

For further information on the post, request a job description and submission of C.V. (by 25th June 2021) contact:

Claire Madden Team Manager (Emotional Wellbeing)

Blaenau Gwent Youth Service

Email:  Claire.madden@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

Mobile: 07581 628601

 

Counsellor / Play Therapist / Creative Arts Therapist

 We have an exciting opportunity for you to join ConnectEd, one of the largest providers of therapy services to schools in London. We are currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Counsellor / Play Therapist / Creative Arts Therapist to fill the below vacancy. If you are interested in working in more than one school, please specify the schools in your application form.

Primary School
Each school requires a therapist for 1 day per week in the following locations:
SE12, N1, TW5, UB1, UB7, UB2, NW6, SW6, W6, W12*, W14, W9

Secondary School
Each school requires a therapist for 2 days per week in the following locations
W10, SW16

College
This school requires one therapist for 3 days in the following location:
W14

*This is a special school supports pupils with a diagnosis of autism. Applicants for this position must have appropriate experience and expertise in working with this client group.

We offer an excellent package including an 11% employer pension contribution, access to an employee assistance scheme, external clinical supervision, regular line-management and continuing professional development opportunities. 

The successful applicant will:

  • Possess a qualification in Counselling, Play Therapy or a Creative Arts Therapy (We require at least a Level 5 qualification or above)
  • Have at least one year’s post qualifying experience of working with children and young people in a therapeutic capacity
  • Have worked a minimum of 150 clinical hours
  • Have experience of working with primary aged young people
  • Have a good understanding of educational settings
  • Be willing to deliver both individual and group work
  • Hold membership of an appropriate professional body (BACP, BAPT, BADth, BAAT, BAMT etc.)
  • Where applicable to your qualification/training, be HCPC registered or professionally accredited (or actively working towards accreditation).

Salary: £27,449 to £30,470 based on working five days (35 hours) per week.  This is a term-time role (the Full Time Equivalent is £32,084 to £35,615).  The salary will be paid pro rata in line with the number of days per week you are contracted to work. For each one day per week post an additional two days must to be worked annually during the school holidays.

 A full job description and application form can be found here: http://ccsconnected.org.uk/vacancy_school_counsellor_therapist/

Completed applications can be emailed to: sophiat@cathchild.org.uk  

CLOSING DATE: Sunday 20th June 2021
INTERVIEW DATE: TBC

Please be aware that due to the high volume of applications feedback will not be provided for candidates who are not shortlisted.  Any candidates who have unsuccessfully applied to work for ConnectEd within the last 12 months need not apply.

ConnectEd 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.  Currently we deliver counselling and therapy on-site in over 80 schools (both Catholic and non-Catholic).  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 www.ccsconnected.org.uk

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

Charity No. 210920

 

Name of Organisation: Mosac

Title: Play Therapy Manager

Hours: 3.5 days per week

Salary: £32,000 – £35,000 pro–rata

Location: Brockley, SE London

Website: www.Mosac.org.org

We are seeking a qualified Play Therapist to lead our Play Therapy work.  Mosac provides holistic support to families of victims of Child Sexual Abuse. The Play Therapy Manager will spend the majority of their time working 1-2-1 with child victims of Child Sexual Abuse in play therapy sessions. The remaining part of the time will focus on overseeing sessional Play Therapists and the design, development and evaluation of service.

Job description

We are seeking a committed, empathetic and resilient clinician and manager, experienced in dealing with high levels of client trauma, to manager our Play Therapy Service

You will be a qualified Play Therapist with at least 5 years experience of working with children in traumatic situations.

Three days of the week will be spent in clinical work with children who have experienced Child Sexual Abuse. The remaining half day will be supporting and overseeing sessional Play Therapist and working with the clinical manager and CEO to design, develop and evaluate the service.

Due to the nature of the client group, the play therapy sessions normally run from late morning to early evening.

How to apply:

  • Deadline: 9am Monday 21st June 2021
  • Please submit a CV and Cover letter (of no more than two pages) through Charity Job website

 

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 www.place2be.org.uk/volunteer or contact the Volunteer Recruitment Team on 020 7923 5533 or volunteers@place2be.org.uk

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.