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Counsellor (11614)

  • Full time
  • £27,000
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 10th March 2024

  • Advertised from 23rd February 2024
  • Contract/Hours: Fixed Term contract until June 2025 (with possibility of extension) / Full Time – 37 hours per week


Vulnerable children in the UK need your help

Wherever you work in the Action for Children family, you'll be helping to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK.

Last year, we helped more than 670,000 children and families across the UK. From direct work in communities to national campaigning, we are focused on making sure every child has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive.

Why Action for Children?

Working here is more than a job. Everyone in the Action for Children family is passionate about protecting and supporting children. It's the sense of purpose that drives us every single day. Because we know that, when we work together, we can make a huge difference to bring lasting improvements to vulnerable children's lives.

A bit about the role

A fantastic opportunity for a qualified counsellor to gain or strengthen their experience in a high school setting which has emerged within our established team in Glasgow. As a part of our supportive team, you'll receive monthly supervisions to meet regulatory requirements, guided by an experienced supervisor. Additionally, you'll be part of a supportive community of counsellors and practitioners within a large school-based team.

We're seeking counsellors to deliver a high-quality, school-based professional counselling service by effectively intervening, managing cases, and assessing the needs of secondary school students aged 12-18 years. Your role will ensure the provision of safe care and the achievement of positive outcomes in collaboration with the students.

As a member of a passionate broader team, your focus will be on promoting and enhancing the mental health, emotional resilience, and overall well-being of secondary school students who may be adversely affected or at risk of poor mental health. Your ability to engage effectively with young people will be crucial in providing counselling support, primarily within a school setting, although there may also be occasions requiring support in a local community or home setting.

How you'll help to create brighter futures

Some key responsibilities for the role are;

  • Providing a high-quality service to young people, that is outcomes-driven and based on an assessment of need.
  • Delivering complex and specialist interventions with young people on a 1:1 basis, group or community setting.
  • Implement lead case/care planning management, including undertaking assessing, reviewing and managing risks.
  • Attending and participating at relevant multi agency meetings, providing a lead role ensuring reflective and analytical practice review.

Let's talk about you

A recognised counselling qualification (e.g., diploma counselling), with relevant experience and be registered/accredited with COSCA/BACP/BABCP or equivalent.

Experience of working within a multi-agency social care, schools, early years or health environment and applying safeguarding best practice.

Experience of managing cases, in accordance with agreed procedures and completing assessments, planning and reviews to ensure positive outcomes.

Willingness to train in relevant Evidence Based Programmes including the Blues programme or Decider.

Good to know

Please note we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this role.

Application notes

Please visit our website to apply

There are five sections to complete: Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information, Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration.

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Diversity, equality, and inclusion

At Action for Children, we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic, and disabled candidates as they are under-represented within Action for Children. We want to take deliberate and purposeful action to ensure equal opportunity to all groups in society and for Action for Children.

Don't meet every single requirement?

If you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with the job description, we'd love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within the Action for Children family.