Counsellor Practice Lead Required: Action For Children, Newcastle

Action for children

Salary: 30,500 Circa

Closing date: 28 March 2019

Location: Newcastle

Hours:  37 hours Full-Time

Contract Type: Permanent Full Time


How we work:

Action for Children does what’s right, does what’s needed and does what works for children in the UK. Every year, our team changes the lives of 370,000 children, young people and families.

Breaking the Cycle is a counselling service funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, for children and young people aged 4 – 16 years in Newcastle, who have been affected by domestic abuse.

The service is part of the North East Family Support Cluster based in Wesley House, Benwell.

The role of lead counsellor is a mixed role of clinical practice and leading the service .

You will work closely with colleagues in Newcastle Family Support Service and from referring agencies, such as Children’s Social Care, Health, Education, the Community Family Hub and specialist domestic abuse services.

As lead counsellor you will be responsible for a small team and developing the service, in particular to enable a model where student counsellors can have a placement.

You will also be responsible in supporting the Children service manager to ensure all objectives are met and the standards are high, and quality assured. You will have line management responsibility and will ensure the day to day running of the service .


How you’ll make a difference:

By working flexibly, using a range of proven therapeutic interventions (1:1 and group work) to meet the needs of the children and parents / carers. This will include cognitive-based work, creative techniques, and supportive and exploratory counselling.

By building strong positive, effective relationships with all school staff and other key agencies working within Newcastle ; attending any professional meetings as required.

By contributing to the planning, development and implementation of the service which includes training inputs and practice based reflective sessions to staff working within the school setting.



What you’ll need:

  • Relevant accredited therapeutic qualification and registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Prior practice experience of therapeutic work with children, young people and parents in a 1:1 setting and experience of planning and running structured group work sessions / programmes.
  • Proven engagement with other professionals to support the delivery of interventions and required information sharing.
  • Good overall team working skills and direct management / supervisory  experience
  • Ability to be flexible and creative in the planning and delivery of direct work with children and families to meet needs and service demands.
  • Prior experience of completing / contributing to assessments and using a variety of assessment tools.
  • Sound IT skills and written skills (report writing and case / contact recordings).
  • Full drivers licence, use of a car and business car insurance.


The rewards

  • Minimum 29 days’ holiday (pro rata)
  • Flexible working, including maternity, paternity and adoption packages
  • Season ticket travel loans
  • Company pension scheme
  • Discounts at major high street retailers.

Plus, there’s a lot more besides.

We are looking for a skilled counsellor, who is committed to the principles of integrated working in order to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families.

This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to vulnerable children’s lives and to build a fulfilling and meaningful career with a leading UK children’s charity.


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