Website Place2Be

About The Role
1 Year Fixed Term
Posts available: x6
Hours: 21-28hrs p/w
Working Pattern: 3 or 4 days a week available 
Days: Monday – Friday 
Location: Trafford, Manchester

This is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of a new team delivering a new way of working as part of an integrated mental health model across primary schools in Trafford.

As a Mental Health Practitioner/Counsellor, you will effectively manage all aspects of the Place2Be provision in partnership with the school ensuring that the children and young people are provided with therapeutic and emotional support, high quality clinical practice and delivery of a full and effective service in Place2Be schools. This includes undertaking clinical assessments and formulations, establishing positive, active and effective relationships with the school and Place2Be management team and actively participating in Mental Health Practitioner team meetings and partnership meetings to share best practice and develop clinical thinking, knowledge and learning.

Our teams provide a range of services in our partner schools to build resilience early in life through a range of universal and targeted  interventions:

therapeutic and psychoeducational group work
Brief structured one to one work
Digital platforms in partnership with Healios, Kooth and SHOUT Crisis textline
Consultation with school staff
All of these support a child’s ability to engage in school life and also support the mental health of the whole school community.  Our work, focused on early intervention, is part of the ‘comprehensive CAMHS system’.

If you have any queries or wish to discuss the role or have any questions please contact Area Manager, Andrew Brassington on

Diversity and Inclusion

Place2Be is committed to equal opportunities and anti-discrimination practices and we positively encourage applications from all sections of the community. We are particularly interested in attracting applications from applicants from diverse groups.

Additionally, for our clinical roles we are particularly keen in attracting male candidates to reflect the diversity of the partner schools and communities we work in.

All successful applicants to clinical roles will be asked to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS/PVG.

About You
The successful candidate:

Will have a recognised counselling or therapy qualification with substantial post-qualifying experience, along with a good knowledge of the school environment. Most important of all is your approach; we are an exciting, dynamic organisation doing amazing work so we’re looking for people with the enthusiasm and commitment to match our own.

You will:

Hold a recognised clinical qualification (in counselling, psychotherapy, clinical psychology, Art/Dance/Drama/Music Therapy)
Hold a recognised membership of a relevant professional body (e.g. BACP / UKCP/NCS/BPS/HCPC)
experience in a clinical role with experience and understanding of working with children, young people and schools
demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the importance of embedding Assessment and Formulation in clinical practice
experience of  safeguarding child protection procedures and policy and commitment to safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
show an understanding of how to run an effective school based mental health project and managing and accounting for overall caseload
have previous experience in developing project plans into sensible, timely actions that meet the expectations of the school and more senior colleagues

1st Interview: Friday 3rd December ZOOM Video Interview

In return we offer you a range of fantastic benefits including:

Enhanced Annual Leave entitlement
Robust Learning and Development Programme
Contributory Pension Scheme
Life Assurance, 4x Annual Salary
Employee Assistance Programme
Mobile Phone Discounts (EE Network)
Cycle purchase and season ticket loan schemes
Extended Maternity/Paternity Pay

If you share our core values of perseverance, integrity, compassion and creativity and have the counselling skills and patience to support some of the UK’s most vulnerable young people and families, we would love you to join us. It’s sensitive and demanding work – but hugely rewarding and fulfilling – you will be helping to give young people a brighter future.

Please view/download the full Job Description and Person Specification on our website for further details.

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@PLACE2BE.ORG.UK.

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