Wellbeing Practitioner – Counsellor Required (18734): Cardiff, Wales


Barnardo’s Charity

  • Contract type: Permanent (Fixed term funded post)
  • End date: 31st March 2025
  • Hours: 22.2
  • Salary: £29,896.00 – £40,305.00 (Full time equivalent)
  • Closing Date: 13 May 2024
  • Interview Date: 20th May 2024


We have an exciting opportunity to recruit a Wellbeing Practitioner – Counsellor / Therapist, able to work with adults, children and young people to join our team, contributing to the development and delivery of our specialist wellbeing service which is aligned with the strategic vision for families in Cardiff.

Aim of the Service

To deliver formulated, bespoke evidence-based interventions for children, young people and adults within families, co-constructing whole family approaches to problems they may be experiencing in relation to their emotional / mental health and wellbeing. This service considers systemic approaches supporting individuals within families to build resilience to improve safe, whole family functioning.

The Service comprises of a number of elements inclusive of:

  • Access to one -to- one and couples counselling for parents/carers with low level mental health needs.
  • Access to one-to-one play therapy, art/drama therapy or counselling for children and young people.
  • Access to trained family practitioner  support who deliver affirming, therapeutically informed one-one and group work programmes and interventions to children, young people and adults.
  • Access to a range of  range of creative, therapeutic programmes and interventions with specialist practitioners, helping families to address issues around whole family functioning, including support for families who are particularly affected by bereavement, trauma and loss, including family breakdown.

The Wellbeing Practitioner – Counsellor/ Therapist, will work as part of the team undertaking assessments in order to deliver a professional therapeutic intervention to Adults, children and young people on a one-to-one or on a group basis, practicing ethically in line with BACP (or equivalent) Code of Ethics and Practice and Barnardo’s policies and procedures.

You will be able to contribute to the work of the Family Well-Being Service as a resource for provision of consultation, information and support.

The successful candidate will have;

  • knowledge, understanding and experience of safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults
  • Experience of working as part of a multi disciplinary team
  • Experience undertaking complex clinical interventions, assessments, including risk assessments
  • Experience working cooperatively with a range of agencies
  • Experience planning and evaluating therapeutic interventions
  • Experience of advising and developing pathways necessary to support sustainable long term improvements of the individual.

It is also essential that you are suitably qualified, registered and experienced as a counsellor / therapist, as outlined in the person specification.

Additional Information:

Please include as much relevant detail in your application to demonstrate how you fulfil the requirements of our job role, as outlined above and in the Job Description/Personal Specification.  Experience can be from previous employment, education, training, volunteering etc.

Although this contract has a permanent status, please be aware that this post is subject to funding currently up until 31st March 2025 and therefore should this funding not be extended further, you may be subject to a redundancy consultation or a TUPE arrangement.

Need more information?

If you require any further information about this opportunity, please contact Hayley Smith at hayley.smith@barnardos.org.uk

When completing your application please refer to your skills knowledge and experience in relation to the Person Specification, Job Description and Additional Information document (if applicable). This should be done with an understanding of the context of the service described.


Please note due to the high volume of applications for some posts, this advert might close before the displayed closing date. We recommend that you apply for this role as soon as possible.

Pay & Reward Framework

We know that our colleagues go above and beyond in delivering our vital work, driven by their passion and commitment to Barnardo’s values.  We also know that we can only realise our ambitions and achieve better outcomes for more children, thanks to the talent, hard work and creativity of our people.

For all these reasons, we are committed to a new approach to pay and reward, to ensure it is fair, attractive and progressive, which was rolled out 1st April 2023. This is a positive change for the charity, and a key pillar of our People & Culture Strategy. It will assist us in supporting colleagues to grow and develop in their career at Barnardo’s as it will offer clear routes of progression for colleagues to progress through the pay band of their role.

Whilst the full pay band and salary range is advertised, our approach to starting salaries is to appoint between the minimum to mid-point of the pay band – this ensures that pay progression steps are available to reward our colleagues annually based on their contribution to excellence and alignment to our values and behaviours.  More details on Barnardo’s pay framework can be found upon application.


Workplace Offer: What it means for you

The world of work has changed. We are understanding of what works best for our colleagues both current and future as we look to embrace this new way of working. Our hybrid working initiative is based on trust, flexibility and empowerment. We understand our workplace offer means different things to different people, and we encourage those conversations. This may mean working at one of our stores, services, working at home, at one of our Collaboration Hubs or any combination of these.

  • Barnardo’s believe in creating equality of opportunity in the workplace and supporting people to manage their work-life balance; we are therefore open to offering flexible working arrangements.
  • 26 days annual leave plus bank holidays, increasing after 5 years service
  • The ability to buy up to another 5 days annual leave via our HolidayPlus scheme
  • A host of family friendly leave options including company Maternity Paternity and Adoption pay; together with all family additional leave options
  • Service related sick pay from day 1
  • Access to a Group Personal Pension with a matched 4% or 6% contribution from Barnardo’s. Ability to pay via salary sacrifice to garner both tax and NI savings on your own contribution
  • Death in service cover of 4x annual earnings for all staff contributing to our Group Personal Pension
  • Cycle2work scheme
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Discounts and cashback from at high street shops including major supermarkets, cinemas, gyms, leisure/theme parks, holidays and much more via our Benefit Portal
  • 20% discount at Barnardo’s stores
  • Opportunity to purchase a health cash plan to claim towards dental, glasses, therapy etc
  • Free access to round the clock employee assistance program for advice and support
  • Access to Barnardo’s Learning and Development offer



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