School Counsellor – Hazelwick

Working hours: 37 Hours per week.
Salary: £30,385 per annum
Contract: Fixed, Term time only (46 weeks per year)
Location: Crawley, West Sussex, UK


YMCA DownsLink Group is seeking candidates who value team working, believe in making a difference to lives of the children and young people they work with, and who can bring passion and professionalism to this post.

Applicants should be qualified counsellors/therapists and BACP Registered or Accredited, or registered with another recognised professional body (e.g. HPC, UKCP).

The ideal candidate will be a counsellors/therapists with experience of working therapeutically with children and young people, preferably in a school setting.

Post holder will work closely with the school key contact to continue the provision of a high quality, ethical counselling service to students. This will include undertaking assessments with students and monitoring risk, agreeing a regular session schedule with the school and completing all associated admin in a timely manner. You will be required to attend regular clinical supervision and line management meetings.

Key requirements:
•   Graduate or Post graduate level Counselling Diploma or equivalent
•   BACP Registration or Accreditation or eligibility for Professional Accreditation (or equivalent professional body)
•   Experience in individual counselling with children and or young people to include working with risk issues.
•   Experience of using creative therapeutic techniques such as play, art, sand tray etc.
•   A sound understanding of Child Protection & Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding issues, policies and procedures.

The position comes with excellent benefits, including a generous annual leave package, a company sick pay scheme, a life assurance policy of 2x your annual salary, a health and wellbeing cash plan, and a cycle to work scheme. Please download a job pack for more information about other benefits offered.

If you are an applicant interested in this post and would like an informal discussion having read the job pack, you can speak to the Recruiting Manager Anita Barnard or please email and your query will be forwarded.

YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. They value diversity and promote inclusion, which we demonstrate through our activities, as well as in our policies and working practices. Reinforced by our culture and values, we seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Please note that CVs are not accepted. When submitting the application please save application form as ‘your full name APPLICATION’ and put the job title/location in the email subject line. Please submit the application as a Word document where or PDF (Pages are not accepted) via email.

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Closing date:    9 am, Monday 23 August
Interview date: TBC

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