School Counsellor Required: Brighton, East Sussex


Closing date: 17th May 2021

St Martins C of E Primary School

Location: Brighton, East Sussex

Salary: £28,855 per annum (pro-rata) £2,759 per annum (actual)

Hours: 4

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract until 31 August 2022


YMCA Downslink Group Dialogue School Counselling is an established, BACP accredited school counselling service covering Brighton and Hove, East and West Sussex and Surrey. We are currently looking for a qualified counsellor with experience of working with school age children to join our team and deliver the school counselling service at St Martins Church of England Primary School.

You’ll have experience in working with primary aged children and will be familiar with using creative therapeutic approaches such as art, play and sand tray. You’ll have a professional, flexible attitude with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to manage your time well. You’ll be confident in identifying and responding to safeguarding concerns and have experience of working in a school setting.

You will work closely with the school key contact to continue the provision of a high quality, ethical counselling service to the pupils of the school. This will include undertaking assessments with parents, 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 [of two years minimum duration including personal counselling or psychotherapy].
• 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 27 days annual leave per annum (plus bank holidays), 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 Sashka Dunlop or email and your query will be forwarded.

YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We 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).


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