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  • Part time
  • £25,500 pro-rata
  • Greenock, Inverclyde
  • Closing 3rd August 2020

  • Advertised from 17th July 2020
  • 22.2hrs per week, (3 days). Permanent,


Giving children and young people the foundations they need to thrive.

The role

Our School Aged Counselling Service, opening on 1st Sept 2020, are looking for a number of Counsellor's to provide a high-quality, school based professional counselling service as part of a brand-new initiative in Inverclyde. Through effective intervention, management of cases and assessment of needs you will ensure safe care and agreed positive outcomes with children aged 5-18yrs.

You will work as part of a team to deliver the provision of an early help service. You will promote and improve the mental health, emotional resilience and wellbeing of children and young people in primary and secondary school who are negatively affected or are at risk of being affected by poor mental health. You will be able to effectively engage with children and young people to deliver counselling support – predominantly within a school setting but there may also be a requirement in a local community or home setting.

You will make a difference by:

-Delivering a high-quality professional counselling service through effective intervention and management of cases and assessment of need to ensure safe care and agreed positive outcomes.

- Delivering complex and specialist interventions with children, young people or families on a 1:1 basis, group or community setting.

- Implement lead case/care planning management, including undertaking assessing, reviewing and managing risks.

- Attending and participating at relevant multi agency meetings, providing a lead role ensuring reflective and analytical practice review.

You will need:

- A recognised counselling qualification (e.g. diploma counselling, COSCA counselling modules), with relevant experience and be registered/ accredited with COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) or BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) or equivalent.

- Experience of working within a multi-agency social care, schools, early years or health environment and applying safeguarding procedures.

- Experience of managing cases, in accordance with agreed procedures and completing assessments, planning and reviews to ensure positive outcomes.

- Driving License and access to a car is desirable.

The way we work

We work to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. Have a look at our behaviours and values to understand more about the way we work here.


We want our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, a comprehensive employer-matched pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts on our dedicated benefits portal. Find out more about our exclusive Action for Children benefits here.

For safe and happy childhoods

At Action for Children, we protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. Last year, we helped more than 387,000 children and families across the UK.

Application notes

For further information and to apply, please visit our website

Closing date: 3 August 2020

Interviews are scheduled for 13th and 14th Aug 2020.

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.

Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons particularly people with Disabilities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.