Senior Counsellor (5220)

Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Circa £32,000 per annum
Permanent Full Time 37 hours per week. 

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

The role

Our Glasgow Secondary Schools Counselling Service is looking for 3 Senior Counsellors to lead a small team of Counsellors and provide face to face counselling support in a new, exciting high-quality, school based professional counselling service in Glasgow.  The service will, through delivery of evidence-based programmes and counselling provide effective assessment of needs, intervention and ensure safe care and agreed positive outcomes with secondary school children aged 12-18yrs.  Our service will cover all secondary schools in Glasgow City Council (30+). 

Reporting to our Practice Manager Counselling you will work as part of a wider team to deliver the provision of a schools-based counselling service and promote and improve the mental health, emotional resilience and wellbeing of children and young people in Secondary school who are negatively affected or are at risk of being affected by poor mental health.   

You will make a difference by:

-Taking responsibility for the assistance in delivery of a high-quality counselling service, in accordance with service requirements  

-Provide line management and co-ordinate a small team of Counsellors applying advice and guidance and utilising Action for Children's policies and procedures. 

-Attend meetings with external agencies, representing Action for Children, demonstrating professionalism and our core values, in terms of approach, advice and positioning.  

-Manage complex cases and assessments through high level of professionalism to children and families, using appropriate interventions that are outcome focused and evidence based to deliver to a service specification, also utilising relevant legislation, professional regulations and Action for Children policies and procedures.  

-Lead and deliver a range of co-ordination activities, 1 day a week including training, supervision, participation events, recruitment, support groups etc and partner meetings.

You will need:

-A recognised qualification in Counselling and registration with BACP; BABCP or equivalent body. 

-A minimum of 2 year's experience of counselling with young people. 

-Experience of and knowledge of schools-based counselling delivery.  

-Proven experience of establishing effective working relationships with relevant partners, agencies or other bodies.  

-To demonstrate experience of leading a small team to ensure high standard delivery alongside direct counselling work, and the best outcomes for young people. 

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

-The ability to undertake complex assessments of a service user needs using specific assessment tools. 

-Competent usage of Microsoft Outlook packages i.e., Word, Excel. 


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.

For more information, please contact Sarah Manderfield by email sarah.manderfield@actionforchildren.org.uk

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.

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Scotland Office, 17 Newton Place, Glasgow, United Kingdom, G3 7PY
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    28 June 2021
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