Children’s Therapist/Play therapist  


Reports To: Chief Officer, Community Counselling [CCL]

Responsible For: Supporting Our Children’s Mental Health Project in Scarborough 

Hours: 25 per week

Salary:£27,945 pro rata

Contract: permanent 

Closing date 20/3/22

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With support develop & run an accessible, professional & cost-effective counselling service for children aged 9-16 years old living in Scarborough Borough Districts:






1.           Liaise with CCL Admin, referring agencies, friends & family, and children  themselves to facilitate client referrals and to enable CCL to provide initial assessments in a timely manner

2.           Provide assessment appointments for clients

3.           Provide counselling interventions for children

4.           Provide contact sessions for children and their parents/careers/family members, signposting families to services and delivering psychoeducation

5.           Undertake other therapeutic activities (such as group work) as agreed with the Chief Officer and the funders/commissioners

6.           Identify need and support the use of a wellbeing app with clients and their families.

Recruiting and Training

7.           Recruit, induct, and mentor volunteer and student counsellors to enable them to support activities with this project

8.           Deliver training - or procure training - for volunteers/students


Web development and marketing

9.           Work with the deputy manager on web content development and resources

10.       With support develop marketing content for social media


General responsibility  


11.       Maintain client records in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework, the Data Protection Act and other legal requirements

12.       Monitor and evaluate children’s services

13.       Undertake learning and personal development activities appropriate to the role and share learning with the counselling team

14.       Contribute to CCL team discussions and actions which further the strategic development of the service in response to identified need

15.       Work within CCL policies and procedures, including complying with CCL safeguarding policies at all times

16.       Maintain the confidential nature of the work at all times

17.       Effectively manage own client caseload

18.       Liaise with referrers as necessary, including providing risk and discharge letters as necessary and appropriate

19.       Undertake clinical supervision with a supervisor approved by CCL

20.       Work within the BACP Ethical Framework

21.       Promote the children’s services within the local community and through liaison with external agencies, including the funder

22.       Undertake other duties as required by the Chief Officer from time to time





Skills and abilities

Excellent written & verbal communication skills.

Ability to work collaboratively & effectively in different settings.

Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative.

Ability to organise own caseload.

Ability to present written information in a structured and balanced way appropriate to the needs of the reader.

Be proficient in standard IT applications.


Working within the BACP Ethical Framework.

Working in an outcomes-based monitoring & evaluating based environment.

Working with children & young people, including in a school setting.

Working in a voluntary sector organisation

Working with statutory bodies to safeguard children


Recognised therapeutic qualifications in Counselling with Children & Young People or equivalent. (E)

EMDR practitioner or willingness to train (D)

BACP or NCS (or similar) Accredited or eligible to apply.(E)

Knowledge of legislation for Looked After Children and of the Children’s Act. (E)

Knowledge and an understanding of partnership. (E)

Personal attributes and other requirements

Commitment to on-going professional & personal development.

Willing to undertake training courses as necessary.

Commitment to external clinical supervision.

Have an awareness of and commitment to Equal Opportunities.