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Job title – Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Play Therapy (0.6FTE)

Job reference – RU02641

Date posted – 22/03/2021

Application closing date – 26/04/2021

Salary – £24,348 – £31,068 pa inclusive of London Weighting Allowance

Job category/type – Academic/Research

Job description

Department: Psychology 

FTE: 0.6
Closing date:  26 April 2021
Interview date:  28 May 2021 
Job description/person specification


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Arts Therapist / Play Therapist / Psychological Therapist – Beckmead Family of Schools

 Grade Range:        NJC Grade 10, points 30-32

Salary:         £35751 – £37,722 FTE (£31,676 – £33713 pro rata) before deductions

Hours:          36 hours per week, Term time only including INSET days

Contract type:       Permanent

Location:               Beckmead family of Schools, Croydon – Various sites

Closing date:       Thursday 20th May 2021 9am

Interviews:            Friday 28th May 2021

Reports to:            Senior Therapist / Heads of School

Beckmead Family of Schools was rated Outstanding by Ofsted in January 2017 and became the (Academy) Trust in April 2019. The Family of Schools is an expanding learning and nurturing community for young people, with Educational Health Care Plans, based over a number of sites.

The Monks Orchard Road site is for 60 KS2-3 boys with social, emotional and mental health needs and 40 KS3-4 boys who have ASD and associated challenging behaviour.

The Morland Road site, Chaffinch Brook, is for 39 primary age pupils who have a diagnosis of autism and present with challenging behaviour.

Bramley Bank and The Beck at Forest Academy provide education for 46 children referred from mainstream schools who have not been able to meet their needs.

Tharreo House is a small, therapeutic provision for vulnerable secondary age pupils with complex needs.

Beckmead College and Community Learning Team, offer a variety of individualised vocational and learning pathways for up to 100 KS4 and KS5 students.

For more information, please visit our website

The Beckmead Family of Schools is under the overall leadership of the Executive Head Teacher Mrs Mags Clarke

We are seeking an arts therapist, play therapist or child and adolescent psychotherapist / counsellor either as one full time post or two part time posts. The successful applicant(s) will be an integral part of our team across our school sites, providing individual, group and (dependent on training/ experience) family sessions as well as working to support the therapeutic approach of the schools generally.

The successful applicant(s) will need a flexible approach and will be passionate about providing a genuinely accessible and inclusive service that meets the complex therapeutic needs of our students and their families. Excellent team work and communication skills are vital. Therapy is a valued part of our approach to working with our students and is well supported by the organisation.

Start date:     As soon as possible, to be agreed:

Please note: CVs are not acceptable

For a brief informal discussion about the post or any further information contact Steve Cobbett, senior therapist 0208 777 9311 or email Visits to the site are still welcome.

Applications should be submitted on the Beckmead Family of Schools Non-Teaching Application form and be accompanied by an equal opportunities form and self disclosure form.

All forms are available from our website: Completed applications and enquiries should be sent to by the closing date.

The Beckmead Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people so expect all staff and volunteers, as well as those who work on the premises, to share this commitment. As part of our safeguarding commitment, appointment to any post is subject to receipt of satisfactory references, medical clearance to include the ability to participate in Physical Intervention and a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check as well as evidence of the right to live and work in the United Kingdom.


The Beckmead Trust is a behaviour-based Multi-Academy Trust of special schools that offer exceptional education and support for traumatised children and young people with SEMH, autism and challenging behaviour. The mission of our schools is founded on non- negotiable shared values based on foundation stone beliefs in the need for people to flourish.

For more information, please visit our website

If I am successful in gaining an interview, how will this occur during the current COVID-19 pandemic?

Due to the current situation, we may interview remotely using a video call. We would ensure that candidates who were successful in gaining an interview were supported with the technology so that this process is seamless. We will provide you with details of the process with your interview invite.

Our advice would be that those who were successful in gaining an interview should prepare as they would for a face to face and dress smart casual. We will allow plenty of time to ensure that you are able to answer our questions in full and you will not be judged if you are having problems with your technology.

We will leave plenty of opportunity for questions at the end of the interview, and we will spend lots of time talking and unpicking your answers. Please come prepared to share anything we didn’t cover, or any questions you have about the role. We really appreciate your adaptability in these unprecedented times.


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:

Primary School vacancies:

  • Half a day per week in Brent (HA9) on Wednesdays
  • One day per week in Brent (NW9) on Thursdays
  • One day per week in Tower Hamlets (E14) on Tuesday or Friday
  • One day per week in Ealing (UB1) on Tuesdays
  • One day per week in Harrow (HA4) Flexible
  • Two days per week in Harrow (HA5) Flexible

Secondary School vacancies:

  • One day per week at a secondary school in Southall (UB1) Flexible

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: £26,911 to £29,873 based on working five days (35 hours) per week.  This is a term-time role (the Full Time Equivalent is £31,455 to £34,917).  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 be worked annually during the school holidays.

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

Completed applications can be emailed to:  

CLOSING DATE: Tuesday 20th April 2021
INTERVIEW DATE: Tuesday 27th April 2021

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

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

Charity No. 210920


We have new opportunities for therapists to join our team of professionals, working within our specialist therapeutic school for early years trauma. 

Lead Therapist: Walworth, London

We are seeking someone with a want to progress further within their career and to specialise in working with early years trauma, the successful candidate will have knowledge and experience as a play therapist, with the professional skills to support both staff and pupils. 

Lead Therapist: Great Baddow, Essex

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to lead on the therapeutic approach within our new site, opening September 2021.

Therapist: London

A therapist who is able to adapt based on need and has a passion for working with attachment and trauma – with young people aged between 6-14. 

Salary: Band 6-7

Full time

14 weeks paid holiday per year

CPD contributions

Supervisory support and professional development

South London

Great Baddow, Essex

Start date: 29 April 2021

Newly qualified therapists are welcome to apply, full job descriptions can be found on our website. 

For questions and to register interest please email:


Children’s Therapy Practitioner

£29,250 pa + excellent benefits

Holloway Road

Have you got experience of working within a domestic abuse or violence against women and girls field, specifically with children and young people across a wide range of ages, diverse backgrounds and ethnicities?  Have you got a professional qualification in PG Dip/ Masters in play therapy/ art therapy/ drama therapy or child psychotherapy and hold at least 100 hours clinical play/creative arts therapy experience with children and young people?

Right now, DVIP, a division of Richmond Fellowship is looking for a highly skilled play therapist to join their children’s therapeutic service. DVIP has been helping to make women and children safer over 25 years and our children’s therapy service is one of only a handful offering direct provision to children aged 3 – 17 affected by domestic abuse. The service works to fulfil DVIP’s aim that all members of a family have access to appropriate integrated, but separate and distinct services following their experience of domestic abuse. The approach of the service is child-centred and non directive, allowing children to express their feelings and experiences through the use of creative materials and play therapy.

Your work will involve processing referrals and the accompanying administrative tasks, assessing children and families and providing holistic/integrative approaches and mainly non-directive play therapy interventions. We’ll also rely on you to help the service manager to develop and manage training placements, run centre based and outreach therapeutic services and provide training on domestic abuse issues. Carrying out risk assessments, undertaking review sessions, liaising with external agencies and promoting and raising the profile of our work – all are aspects of this varied and vital role. As an employer committed to anti-oppressive practice, we aim to reflect the diversity of the children and families we work with and welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Relevantly qualified and registered, you’re used to using holistic/integrative models of therapy, play therapy and other creative forms such as art therapy. You also have proven experience of assessing children and families’ suitability for therapeutic intervention. What’s more,  as a skilled and experienced practitioner you will have  an ability to form therapeutic relationships with children and parents  that have clear boundaries, are compassionate and focused on increasing safety and wellbeing and minimising harm. You’re also adept at communicating sensitive and/or complex issues clearly, both over the phone and in person. Experience of working within safeguarding and child protection procedures is essential too, as is a well-organised yet flexible approach, excellent report writing and presentation skills and the ability to use office IT and admin systems.

 This is a full-time post at 37.5 hours a week, however, part time opportunities are also available.

 The salary for this post is £29,250.00 (including London weighting) per annum, for full time hours.

  We are committed to increasing our diversity and we would welcome applications from those with lived experience and/or who are from a BAME background.

 It is a mandatory requirement of the application process for this post that candidates submit a CV and Supporting Statement, thus only candidates that provide this, and who meet the essential criteria within the person specification, will be considered for an interview.

 The closing date for this post is 1st March 2021 at 11:59pm, however, we reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than the advertised date if sufficient applications are received prior.

If, you are ready to take on this rewarding role that comes with some really great benefits, including on-going training, clinical supervision of a high standard, developmental opportunities and being part of a warm and supportive team, apply now via our website.–Highbury—Islington-_JR003267

DVIP and Richmond Fellowship are part of Recovery Focus, a national group of charities highly experienced in providing specialist support services to individuals and families living with the effects of mental ill health, drug and alcohol use, gambling and domestic violence. We know that recovery can look and feel very different to each and every one of us. But we also know that if we provide the right support, at the right time, we can inspire recovery nationwide and that recovery is possible for everyone.



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.