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Swansea Women’s Aid (SWA) is a women-only organisation that offers emergency accommodation, support and information to women and children with experience of domestic abuse living within the City and County of Swansea.

We are looking to appoint a qualified and accredited female Play Therapist who will deliver a pilot play therapy programme for children of primary school age who have been affected by domestic abuse.

The Play Therapist will be part of the CHYPS project (Children and Young People’s Service), which offers support to children and young people aged 5-17 who have been affected by domestic abuse and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund until September 2020. 

The successful tender will be required to provide play therapy to 15 children over a one - year period, 300 sessions to be delivered in total. In addition there is a requirement to develop and provide a summary report of outcomes achieved.

The total budget available for this pilot is £15,000, i.e. 300 sessions x £50 per session.

Tender issue date is Tuesday 28th August 2018.

All tender submissions are to be received no later than 10 am on Monday 24th September 2018.

Interviews will be held on Friday 5th October 2018.

Work is expected to commence on 1st November 2018.

For further information please visit our website

Freedom from abuse

Reigate and Banstead Women’s Aid is a refuge which provides support and accommodation to women and children who have left their homes due to Domestic Abuse.  

We are seeking to recruit:


  • - 1-year contract (12 months) 
  • - 20 hours per week  
  • - 4 days a week – 5 hours per day 
  • - Working hours 1pm – 6pm 
  • - £27,000 per annum pro rate 
  • - Post will start on 02.11.2018 

The successful applicant will be a qualified Play Therapist. The successful applicant will have knowledge of the effects of domestic abuse on children, safeguarding requirements and have experience of working with vulnerable children. The successful candidate will have the relevant training and experience of conducting play therapy sessions. Must be self-motivated, computer literate and able to work on own initiative. Applicants will need to demonstrate a commitment to equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practices. A full DBS check will be carried out for successful applicant.

Female applicants only, exemption under the Equality Act 2010 pursuant to Schedule 9, Part 1

For an application pack please email 

Closing date for applications is Friday 21st September 2018 

Interviews for successful candidates will be held WC Monday 24th September 2018 


Children and Young Peoples Therapist
18 hours per week potential additional hour’s dependant on funding 
£28,000 pro rata 
Location Broxtowe Borough, Nottinghamshire 

Established in 2001, Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP) is a support and advice service for women and children affected by domestic abuse, delivering its services in the Borough of Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire.

BWP has recently been awarded funding from Children in Need to develop a Children’s service. This post will enable BWP to offer vital support services for children affected by domestic abuse.

The post-holder will be committed to BWP’s mission and expected to work in line with BWP’s policies and in a sensitive, flexible and non-judgmental way to promote the empowerment of women and their children.

This is an exciting new area of work for BWP so the post-holder will be instrumental in the development and delivery of the children’s service.

The post-holder will need extensive experience of providing therapeutic support to children and young people. Full driving licence and access to own transport is essential.

For an application pack, please download from our website
or e-mail

  • It is BWP’s policy that applicants should have objective distance in their work and not have been service users of BWP or other domestic abuse services within the 12 months prior to the application.
  • This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.
  • It is a Genuine Occupational Requirement for all applicants to be female (Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010 applies).

We do not accept CVs. No agencies please. Registered Charity Number: 1125946; Registered Company Number: 6676509

YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
Primary Play Therapists / Secondary Counsellors

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Brief Overview:   Are you looking for an exciting opportunity in your Play Therapy or Counselling Career? Looking for an organisation who can offer great benefits and regular work during the school day?  The YMCA Menu of Services offers 1:1 therapy and early intervention programmes (group work, mentoring, family work) to children and young people aged between 5 & 18.  We provide therapeutic interventions for children and young people who have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.  Due to demand, we are now looking to expand the service across neighbouring areas, and require more therapists to cover both existing and new clients, particularly in Northants & Suffolk.  You will also have the opportunity to become one of our seasonal trainers to deliver our existing portfolio of mental health training to teachers (presentation experience required).

You should have the following qualities:

  • Previous experience of working with children
  • Have a minimum of: Certificate in Therapeutic Play (Primary School work); or have a L4 in Child & Adolescent Therapeutic Counselling (Secondary school work) or equivalent
  • Be registered with PTUK, BAPT, BACP or equivalent having obtained a minimum of 120 hours of clinical experience
  • Be able to travel
  • Be able to work on a self employed basis during the day for one or more days a week for the duration of each school contract
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continued CPD (minimum of 30 hours pa)

In return we can offer: 

  • £20-23 per session (50hrs experience), £25-30 (120hrs experience)
  • £30ph to deliver teacher training.
  • Access to training opportunities and peer support
  • Management support
  • Potential for regular blocks of work (i.e. 3-5 sessions per day)

This is an ongoing recruitment process, but early application will give greater access to work opportunities. To receive a Word version of the application pack for this vacancy please email

Outreach Associate Therapist Role Description

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Blue Smile is a Cambridge charity which tackles the growing mental health problem among our children by providing therapy and mentoring. We have delivered a well-regarded service in local partner schools for over 5 years and have expanded this to provide an Outreach Service, which can take on referrals from a wider range of organisations and therefore support more children.

The self-employed Outreach Associate Therapist’s role involves liaising with the school and taking referrals, maintaining a clinical caseload, supporting this with appropriate clinical administration (including outcome measures), meeting with parents/carers, attending supervision, training and CPD, and adhering to Blue Smile’s policies, procedures and Practice Standards in order to ensure the most effective support of children and young people.  Though line-managed by the Outreach Project Leader, and the Outreach Team Manager, the role requires an ability to work independently, while being aware when it is necessary to seek advice and support.

1. Clinical work

The Outreach Associate Therapist attends referral meetings relating to the child they are to support and makes clinical assessments of the most appropriate therapeutic intervention.  They work with parents/carers and teachers to inform this work, ideally arranging twice termly meetings with parents/carers and on a regular basis with teachers.

The role requires the maintenance and storage of accurate and up-to-date records and the preservation of appropriate confidentiality.  (If records need to be transported, this is in hard copy form only in lockable cases.  Any temporary storage outside the office or therapy venue is always under lock and key.)

It is the responsibility of the Outreach Associate Therapist to ensure they fulfil professional supervision requirements and attend Blue Smile supervisions.  They are also expected to take up opportunities for continuing professional development.

The Outreach Associate Therapist abides by BACP’s Ethical Codes of Practice for therapy, by Blue Smile’s policies, procedures and Practice Standards, and by the rules and regulations of the referring organisation.  It is particularly important that they follow Blue Smile child protection procedures assiduously.  

2.  Administration work

The Outreach Associate Therapist is required to support their clinical work with appropriate admin, including ensuring consent is in place, comprehensive client files are maintained and adequate casework notes are kept, in line with Blue Smile Practice Standards. 

3.   Evaluation work

Monitoring of the work through statistics and feedback is central to Blue Smile’s performance appraisal and funding applications, so the Outreach Associate Therapist completes assessments and outcome measures on their cases to provide this anonymised data to the Project Leader, Outreach Team Manager and Operations manager. 

Specifically, it is expected that they will:

·   Make appropriate assessments of children, completing assessment forms and the MCAM

·   Complete SDQS and BSAMs

4.   Team work

The Outreach Associate Therapist works relatively independently in allocated venues, but it is expected that they will liaise closely with the Project Leader, Team Manager and other Blue Smile colleagues to support best practice and that they attend Outreach team meetings as required. 

5.   Reporting structure

The Outreach Associate Therapist reports to the Project Leader and Outreach Team Manager.  In consultation with the Project Leader, they also liaise with the agency/school’s senior management and a referred child’s teachers in support of their work with their clients, always maintaining good working relations and communications. 

They are responsible for reporting any child protection concerns immediately to the agency’s/school’s designed person for child protection and to the Project Leader, in keeping with Blue Smile’s Child Protection Policy.  They are encouraged to take advice from Blue Smile’s Child Protection Consultant in support of this safeguarding work.

6.   Role flexibility and development

This description is a general outline of the role’s responsibilities and may be amended as reasonable by mutual discussion to support the development of the Blue Smile Outreach Service.  The Outreach Associate Therapist may be required to take on/undertake other reasonable extra duties from time to time, but only by mutual agreement between them and the Project Leader.

If unable to attend the school or agency because of illness or similar, the Outreach Associate Therapist may need to arrange a substitute for some portions of the role, but only as agreed in advance with the Project Leader.  

Outreach Associate Therapists have an important role to play in potentially contributing to good practice by offering up ideas and suggestions for development of the Outreach Service.

Person specification

Expected criteria for the role are:

·   current membership of BACP, UKCP or equivalent

·   a professional liability insurance policy

·   a recognised Masters level qualification in counselling or therapy with children and young people (or, occasionally, a lower level qualification backed up by significant relevant direct therapeutic work experience)

·   at least one year’s post-qualification experience as a practising counsellor or therapist with children and young people (or sometimes, if not at this stage, previous extensive direct therapeutic work experience)

·   competency in working within a recognised theoretical framework

·   an understanding of working with vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people

·   knowledge of best practice and an ability to apply this to the role

·   good interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team in work settings, including under  a line manager who may be located at a distance from the therapy venue

·   efficiency in managing clinical administration and paperwork

·   an understanding of equal opportunities and an open approach

·   an ability to operate within Blue Smile’s policies, procedures and Practice Standards

·   a willingness to take up continuing professional development opportunities

·   an ability to keep good and confidential records.

Employment status

Outreach Associate Therapists work on a self-employed basis with reasonable expenses paid (agreed in advance and not including travel expenses to and from the designated therapy venue).


£20 per session for each clinical session, plus £20 for one admin hour per working day. This work to take place mainly during term time and any work during school holidays to be agreed in advance. 

Further information is available from Jess Manley, Project Leader, at: - or on 01223 314725. 

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