Secondary School Counsellor Required: Eastbourne, East Sussex


  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Earnings: £30,495 per annum, pro rata


Secondary School Counsellor at Ratton School in Eastbourne, East Sussex (Please note, there is no remote working option for this role – it is based on site at the school) 

Established in 1996, Dialogue School Counselling is a BACP accredited school counselling service covering Brighton & Hove, East and West Sussex and Surrey. Dialogue has built an excellent reputation with schools, professionals and commissioners and the service has developed and expanded over the years. We know that schools are deeply committed to meeting the individual needs of students as they prepare them to meet the challenges of growing up and moving toward adulthood.

The Role

We are looking for a part-time (9 hours per week/term-time only with the possibility of the hours increasing) qualified counsellor on a fixed-term contract until 31 August 2023 (with the likelihood of extension) with experience of working with school age children to join our team and deliver the school counselling service at Ratton School in Eastbourne. In this role, you will be based on site providing an ethical, professional counselling service at Ratton School. You will establish good professional working relationships with key school staff. This will include discussion of referrals, managing a session timetable within the school day and agreeing a process for students coming to and from sessions. In addition, you will be required to undertake assessment and counselling sessions, complete all associated admin and attend regular clinical supervision and line management meetings.

Your expected working pattern will be across Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

Who You Are

You will  have a counselling or psychotherapy qualification minimum Level 4, (Level 6 is desirable) and be registered or accredited with BACP or an equivalent professional body such as HCPC, UKCP. You will also have two years of post qualifying experience in individual counselling or therapy with children and or young people. Ideally, you will have experience of working therapeutically with children and young people with risk issues, preferably in a school setting. The postholder will have a keen interest in and experience of working with young people of secondary age. You will have a professional, flexible attitude with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to manage your time well. In addition, you will have a sound understanding of child protection and vulnerable adult safeguarding issues, policies and procedures.

We know that there are great candidates who will not fit everything we have described above, or who have important skills we have not mentioned. If that is you, please do not hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

Please download a job pack for more information about other benefits offered.

If you would like an informal discussion about this post, please contact

Closing date for this role is 2 October 2022. Please note this is a rolling advert; applications will be reviewed regularly and suitable applicants will be invited to attend interviews on a rolling basis. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.

Candidates will already have the right to live and work in the UK

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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