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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. 


BAPT is now seeking to appoint a Lay Member to join its Professional Conduct Panel in the management of complaints. To act as ‘critical friend’ to BAPT and to play a key role in maintaining standards and procedures in the processing of complaints received by BAPT. 

You will have a child centred approach to your thinking, experience of collective decision making, the ability to develop strong relationships and be able to uphold the principles of transparency and accountability in all of BAPT’s activities.

We are looking to recruit people from diverse backgrounds and therefore we and encourage applications from everyone irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability and sexual orientation.  For information about the Lay Member and Person Specification please visit our website and go to

Lay Member JD 2019  to download the Job Description 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 Lay Member application form 2019 Please submit a full CV with the completed application form.

Alternately you can request a hard copy of the application pack by contacting:

Janet Steel, BAPT 1 Beacon Mews South Road Weybridge KT13 8Ew or by email at

The closing date for applications is Friday 25th October and interviews will be held Saturday 9th November, London Holborn.



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 enthusiastic and motivated Counsellors, Play Therapists or Creative Arts Therapists to fill the following vacancies:

  • Two days per week at a secondary school in Brent (any days except Friday)
  • One day per week at a primary school in Harrow (any day)
  • One day per week at a primary school in south Hillingdon (any day)
  • One day per week split across two primary schools in Lewisham (Monday)
  • Half a day per week at a primary school in Tower Hamlets (Wednesday afternoon)
  • Half a day per week at a primary school in Haringey (Wednesday or Friday)
  • Half a day per week at an Alternative Provision college for KS3 & KS4 in Woolwich (any day)*

*This college supports pupils with complex social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Candidates applying to work here must have direct experience of working in a special school/PRU/Alternative Provision, or clearly evidence how they have the skills and experience to provide effective support for students in this setting.

Successful candidates will receive an excellent package including generous pension provision, external clinical supervision, line-management and continuing professional development opportunities.

The successful applicants will:

  • Possess a qualification in Counselling, Play Therapy or a Creative Arts Therapy**
  • Have at least one year’s post qualifying experience of working with children and young people in a therapeutic capacity
  • Have experience of working with primary and/or secondary aged young people, whichever is relevant to the post being applied for
  • 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 etc.)
  • Where applicable to your qualification/training, be HCPC registered or professionally accredited (or actively working towards accreditation).

**We require at least a Level 5 qualification or above.

Salary: £31,455 to £34,917 pro rata.  The posts are term-time only.  For each one day per week post an additional two days must to be worked annually during the school holidays. The salary is therefore pro rata for a 40 week year.

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

Completed applications can be emailed to:

CLOSING DATE: Tuesday 27th August 2019, 9am

INTERVIEW DATE: Thursday 5th September 2019

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 70 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




Vacancy –  Play Therapist

Based at About Children premises, Kendal, Cumbria

2 days per week, Tues – Fri

Self-employed, sessional basis

About Children is a small company providing therapeutic services to children and their families who have suffered adverse life experiences.

Post Details:

We are seeking a Play Therapist to join our team to offer support to children, young people and their families.

The key responsibilities in this post are as follows:

  • To undertake assessments and play therapy with children and young people
  • To attend case management supervision as provided by About Children
  • To attend meetings / reviews as and when required
  • To keep appropriate case notes
  • To provide periodic reports on therapy progress to relevant involved professionals and parents
  • To be aware of responsibilities with regard to safeguarding


As the successful candidate you will:

  • Be a qualified Play Therapist with full BAPT membership
  • Ideally have experience of working with children or young people who have suffered adverse life experiences
  • Be able to offer flexibility when needed
  • Have your own clinical supervisor

The post is subject to DBS clearance.

To apply or for more information, please email for an application form.

Please see our website:


Closing Date Wednesday 11th September 2019





The Behaviour Clinic

Play Therapist – Contracted Work
Up to three days per week £35 to £55 per session

Two Play Therapists are required to cover: Swansea/Carmarthen area and Rhondda Cynon Taff/Newport area

Position – Play Therapist

About the Position
We are an evolving service using the principles of applied behaviour analysis and child psychology
to support typically developing children with emotional and behavioural difficulties and their
families. The Behaviour Clinic works across South Wales and South West England providing in
home and clinic-based support to children with complex challenges such as anxiety, aggression,
self-harm, skill deficits, sleep challenges, and attachment difficulties. Many of the children we
work with have experienced neglect, trauma, and have complex backgrounds.
We are able to expand our team and are looking to recruit two play therapists on a contract by
contract basis. The post will involve providing therapy sessions to children in our clinic, in their
homes, and in school. The therapists appointed will need to be skilled in designing and providing
therapy sessions for children and be able to work independently. They will be willing to learn new
therapy techniques and expand their knowledge of practice with continued professional

The Behaviour Clinic considers contract workers who are successful working on a contract by
contract basis for permanent employment.

The ideal candidate will:
Be able to develop individual therapy sessions using evidence-based practice.
Establish collaborative and constructive therapeutic relationships with complex young people and
their carers, communicating highly sensitive information, often in a highly emotive atmosphere.
Be able to demonstrate excellent listening skills, provide reassurance,
empathy, conflict resolution, and the ability to negotiate with colleagues
and young people with complex needs to reach agreement about potentially
conflicting priorities.
Have an interest in working with typically developing children who have experienced neglect and
Be able to work alone and use initiative.
Be able to manage a caseload including planning, recording and reviewing
Be flexible in their approach and have resilience.
Be committed to developing and disseminating services.
Be committed to developing a working team using child focused practice
Have excellent IT skills and experience of using Microsoft Software.

MSc Play Therapy or equivalent
Registered with the BAPT or equivalent
Own transport and willingness to travel for therapy visits
All posts are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check
Knowledge of attachment theory

Knowledge or experience of working with children in the foster care system
Knowledge of Microsoft word, excel, outlook, sharepoint, and photoshop.
Other therapy qualifications (PCAP, Theraplay, etc.)

What we offer:
Continued professional development
The opportunity to work with a dedicated team
The opportunity for advancement as our service grows

This position is a self-employed position with the potential for future employment.

Applicants will need their own insurance.
To apply for this post email your CV to





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.