Counsellor (Children and Young People): Stockport, Greater Manchester


Beacon Counselling

The closing date is 31 December 2022

Beacon are currently recruiting experienced and skilled Children & Young People counsellors to join our expanding organisation.

We are working to bring greater diversity in all areas of our workforce and are taking action to encourage applications from people of colour and other racially minoritised communities, people with a disability, and people who identify as LGBTQ+ and/or older people (aged 50+), to improve the representation of colleagues from these communities, and are a Disability Confident employer.

We particularly want to encourage people from minority backgrounds to apply. If you are unsure about applying or have any questions then please contact us directly and we will be happy to have a conversation with you.

Main duties of the job

Main Objectives of Post

  • Working with Children and Young People:
  • To provide a confidential and effective counselling service for children and young people in schools or elsewhere
  • When working in a school to work as Beacon’s main representative in the particular school
  • When working in a school to work with the YPS Coordinator in maintaining a strong relationship with the school(s) in which you work
  • To work with the manager, supervisor, and school’s counselling team to assist in the development of Beacon’s school’s counselling service
  • To work flexibly and cover additional schools at different locations as they become available.

About us

Our Vision

A society where everyone is able to cope with distress and has the opportunity to enjoy a happy life

Our Mission

We build resilience in communities by supporting adults, young people and children experiencing mental and emotional distress

Our Work

We do this by providing one to one counselling, group programmes and through community projects

Where We Work

We deliver counselling in Stockport and surrounding regions within Greater Manchester. We counsel in our central ‘Beacon House’, in over 20 schools and in two other local charity centres.

Working with Children and Young People:To work with children and young people aged as a counsellor, providing an effective therapeutic relationship

  • To manage your caseload through working with your supervisor
  • To manage a waiting list
  • To make appropriate referrals as and when they are needed, in consultation with young people.
  • To establish and maintain excellent working relationships with key staff in schools and other partnership organisations, liaising, as appropriate, within BACP confidentiality guidelines

School Liaison:

  • Be an ambassador of Beacon in the school and community


  • To work to a high professional standard and within the BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • To maintain all appropriate records of your work
  • To ensure all monitoring and evaluation data is completed, and assist in the development of more effective methods for monitoring and evaluation
  • To attend both individual and group supervision at least monthly and monitor your need for additional supervision through discussion with your supervisor
  • You are responsible for ensuring your supervision meets the requirements of the BACP Ethical Framework
  • To report any practice that you consider below the ethical standards of the BACP using Beacon’s Whistleblowing procedures
  • To complete all internal and external safeguarding training as required and ensure you maintain your knowledge through regular updates
  • To ensure that you are familiar with, understand, and work within all Beacon’s policies and procedures as they relate to your work
  • To ensure that you have an enhanced DBS check at Beacon that is dated within the last 3 years


Person Specification



  • Counselling/psychotherapy Diploma (minimum)
  • Minimum 2 years experience as a counsellor post-qualification
  • Experience of working with young people as a counsellor (or significant experience of working with young people in a similar capacity)
  • Minimum 300 hours supervised counselling practice (evidence of hours will required at interview which will be checked with your supervisor)


  • A recognised play therapy qualification
  • BACP/UKCP accredited/ registered or equivalent
  • A recognised Staff Supervision qualification
  • CBT training/ qualification
  • Additional therapy skills e.g. creative therapies



  • Awareness of specific issues affecting young people particularly in a school setting
  • Awareness of boundary issues as they apply to working with young people
  • Specialist knowledge of a range of skills and approaches underpinned by theory
  • Excellent communication skills with a wide range of people and ages
  • Able to build effective working relationships with school staff at all levels
  • Assessment skills
  • IT skills (Word, Excel, email)

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.


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