Scotland MidWest
Learning and Practice (L&P)
£10,400 pro rata (from FTE of £26,000 p.a)
Fixed Term
21 Mar 2021
Hours Per Week:

About The Role

12 Months Fixed Term Contract
Hours: 14hrs p/w
Days: TBC
Location: G46 8EQ
School Website:

As a Mental Health Practitioner, for this role, you will provide a one-to-one counselling only service for children aged 10 + in our partner schools  (Primary 6 and Primary 7 pupils)  across a Learning Community, ensuring the children and young people are provided with therapeutic and emotional support.

You will ensure high quality clinical practice and delivery of a one-to-one service only, in designated Place2Be partner schools.

If you are a Qualified Counsellor, with experience of working with children and young people, this is a role you should consider applying for.

As part of your role you will be responsible for ensuring high quality clinical practice.


You will:

  • Undertake one-to-one clinical work with children and/or young people
  • Identify and discuss potential referrals with school staff keeping the line manager informed
  • Build, develop and maintain effective professional relationships with the Head teacher, school leadership team and wider school community to deliver Place2Be’s model of one to one counselling and therapeutic support
  • Identify and report any safeguarding and child protection concerns following Place2Be’s policies and procedures
  • Actively participate in team meetings to share best practice and develop clinical thinking, knowledge and learning
  • Participate in supervision with Line Manager and discuss and report any concerns or issues arising from the supervisions that have taken place within your own work

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 Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.
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 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 qualification in Counselling or Therapy
  • Post qualified experience in a clinical role and an understanding of children, young people and schools
  • Demonstrate an understanding of working with children in need, including those in need of emotional and therapeutic support 
  • Manage and account for overall clinical caseload

Interview Dates: TBC Microsoft Teams

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.

About Us

Children’s mental health charity, Place2Be, has been providing in-school support and expert training to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff in Scottish primary and secondary schools since 2001.

Starting with an initial pilot in two Edinburgh primary schools, Place2Be Scotland now reaches over 14,000 pupils and their families in schools across Glasgow, Edinburgh, South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross and South Ayrshire. Our training programme includes a Mental Health Champions Foundation Course available free of charge to 50,000 teachers across the UK and support for School Leaders.

As an established leader in the field Place2Be has also been commissioned by the Scottish Government to deliver a nationwide support service for school leaders, teachers and staff across Scotland. In addition we are working in partnership with the University of Edinburgh to support teachers of the future to develop their resilience, understand children’s mental health and wellbeing and contribute to mental healthy schools.

We are committed to supporting the social, emotional and mental wellbeing of children and young people in the crucial formative years of their lives. Our expert teams provide pupils and their families with emotional and therapeutic support, as well as delivering training within school communities. All of our work is evidence-based, using tried and tested methods, backed by research.

Place2Be’s mental health practitioners currently work directly within over 40 school communities - supporting school leaders, school staff, children, young people and their families in some of Scotland’s most deprived communities.

We build children and young people’s resilience to face life’s challenges through talking, creative work and play, enabling them to focus on their education and realise their full potential. We also support parents, carers and school staff to become more ‘mentally healthy’.

We continue to pilot, trial and explore new ways in which we can develop our practice as well as share learning, expertise and findings from the robust evidence and evaluation we gather. HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is our Royal Patron and Place2Be is one of the founding charity partners of Heads Together. We also work collaboratively with a range of charities and expert organisations to leverage best-in-class knowledge and expertise to inform, develop and improve outcomes for the children, families and schools we support.
We ask our staff team to share our core values of perseverance, integrity, compassion and creativity, and to have the skills and patience to support some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and families.

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