Young Person's Counsellor

Please complete the application form by 5pm on Tuesday 21st November 2017, ensuring that you state how you meet the person specification.  Successful applicants will be invited for interview w/c 27th November.


Relate North East

Relate North East are an independent charity part of the national Relate Federation of charities. Relate owns the brand name which is used under licence and governs the quality of all our counselling services and service specifications, policies and procedures. We deliver relationship counselling, sex therapy, young people’s counselling and family counselling across the area from Sunderland to Scarborough.  We deliver under grants and contracts in a variety of settings and also deliver education and learning workshops.  The work of a Young Person’s Counsellor with Relate North East is varied, we work with young people facing a wide variety of issues and circumstances. 

Job title: Young Person’s Counsellor – Schools

Contract: This is fixed term contract until July 2018, with the potential for extension

Hours/days: The post is for up to 19 hours per week over three days during term time only (approx. 14.5 hours delivery time and 4.5 hours non-contact time including clinical supervision). Working days to be negotiated.

Start-date: ASAP 2017

Salary: £24,570 per annum pro rata

Location: Work will take place across up to 2 school venues

Holidays: Annual leave is allocated on a pro rata basis (25 days full time, plus Bank Holidays) for this term time only contract of 39 weeks. Annual leave should not be taken during school term time.

Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate: Due to the nature of the work, this post will be subject to a DBS check (formerly CRB check).

Caseload: We envisage a caseload of approximately 18-25 clients per week


Job Description and Person Specification

Responsible to: CEO and Clinical Supervisor for all clinical aspects of the work

Reporting to: CEO and Clinical Supervisor

Job Purpose: To provide a range of short-term, evidence-based therapeutic interventions to clients for which the Counsellor has been trained, across school settings and other appropriate locations. The appointed therapist will be required to work flexibly, using a range of proven interventions to meet the needs of the clients referred, who will have been identified by the schools teaching and pastoral staff.

Counsellors will work in accordance with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework, and specifically BACP’s Good Practice Guidance for Counselling in Schools

Main Duties:     

  • Provide Young Person’s Counselling
  • Fulfil professional clinical supervision requirements
  • Maintain adequate records of clinical work and provide appropriate statistical returns as required
  • Assist in the evaluation of the service by contributing to data collection and analysis and to participate in research as required
  • Liaise with administrative team and colleagues in external settings on the delivery of counselling
  • Participate in any other activities as agreed with the CEO
  • Be aware of and comply with the policies, procedures, service standards
  • Attend training for on-going professional development
  • Promote the development and good reputation of Relate North East at all times

Essential criteria

  • Recognised professional qualifications to Level 5 or above
  • Ability to make use of counselling supervision
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality appropriate to the setting
  • Competency in working within a recognised theoretical framework
  • Ability to work within a time limit
  • Effective communication skills both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work effectively with colleagues/partners from other disciplines and in other organisational setting
  • A committed to anti-discriminatory practice
  • The ability to act as an ambassador for Relate North East
  • Willingness and flexibility to offer counselling at times which suit our beneficiaries
  • Commitment to Relate North East’s mission and values

Desirable criteria

  • Previous experience of working within a school setting
  • Experience of contributing to service evaluation
  • Qualifications within other disciplines offered by Relate North East, for example Family Therapy
  • Accreditation to a professional body


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Please note that vacancies may be closed early depending on response rate.  We aim to get back to everyone with the outcome of their application, however, if you do not hear back within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.  We are unable to provide feedback on applications that have not been shortlisted.

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