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  • Advertised from 4th March 2020
  • Salary pro rata for 21 hours per week.
  • CR1


Empowering Black and Ethnic Minority Young People. Youth Community Support Agency (YCSA) is a Scottish Charity that has been providing opportunities and support for Black and Ethnic Minority Young People across Glasgow for the past 25 years.

Youth Community Support Agency (YCSA) provides holistic support through a variety of services to ensure young people aged 10 - 25 from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds have effective support to help them overcome barriers and reach positive destinations. This post sits within the new YCSA Healthy Young Minds Project, alongside a Counsellor, developing mental wellbeing and resilience among BME young people aged 11-16 (P.7 – S.4) in the Govanhill and Pollokshields areas of Glasgow. Support will also be provided to parents/carers of the young people.

Summary of Job Purpose

The Art or Play Therapist will:

  • Provide a safe and effective1:1 and small group therapeutic service to BME young people aged 11-16 (P.7 – S.4) in the Govanhill and Pollokshields areas of Glasgow and/or their parents/carers.
  • Contribute to groupwork to develop resilience and mental wellbeing for young people e.g. regarding transition from Primary to Secondary schools
  • Liaise with other therapeutic services in schools and with school staff around promoting mental wellbeing in schools
  • Ensure the delivery of best practice throughout the YCSA Healthy Young Minds Project.
  • Contribute to effective performance management within the service and contribute to service development.

Essential Criteria: PVG Scheme: The role requires the successful applicant to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (Disclosure of convictions) if not already a member. The post is subject to the Scheme Record being accessed prior to the post commencing and will be funded by YCSA.


  • Recognised Art or Play Therapy qualification
  • Registration relevant professional body

Knowledge and Experience

  • At least 2 years experience of providing Art or Play Therapy, to include experience of working with children/young people
  • Experience of providing appropriate interventions and support to young persons during times of crisis
  • Experience of child protection issues and the assessment of risk
  • Understanding of issues impacting on diverse ethnic minority groups in Scotland especially young people
  • Experience of networking and partnership working with a range of agencies
  • Up to date knowledge of best practice, research and legislation in relation to Art/Play Therapy and young people
  • A youth-centred approach and understanding of young people’s rights and best interests

Personal Skills

  • Good verbal communication skills and ability to communicate appropriately with a range of people
  • Excellent listening skills
  • The ability to reflect on best practice and articulate recommendations with clarity
  • The ability to work independently and as part of team
  • Good organizational skills in relation to coordinating work involving others
  • Good time management skills including the ability to prioritise tasks and see tasks through to a timely completion
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office computer packages, email and internet
  • Ability to write in a range of registers including report writing
  • Ability to maintain accurate records

Values and attitudes

  • A non-judgmental outlook with the ability to handle difficult situations with sensitivity
  • Understanding of the importance of confidentiality and personal boundaries
  • Willing to take direction from other staff/ manager
  • Must display and embrace values of Respect, Equality, Anti-discrimination, Diversity, Dignity, Inclusivity, Openness

Funded by Comic Relief until 2025

Application notes

To find out more and to apply, please download the application documents below.

Closing date: Thursday 19th March 2020