The Children and Young People’s Empowerment Project (CHILYPEP) is a registered charity that has worked with disadvantaged Children and Young People for almost 23 years. Our work is a combination of youth work approaches and principles, and early intervention and prevention services based on good practice, with young people’s voice at the heart of everything we do.

H.O.M.E (Helping Our Mental ‘Ealth) is an early support mental health and emotional wellbeing hub for young people in Barnsley aged between 11 and 25 that provides open access, flexible, early support in a non-judgmental welcoming, safe space. A young person can be involved with HOME at their own pace, for as long as they would like (up to the age of 25) and can choose which elements of the programme they would like to access. We developed the Talk@HOME service for young people who are registered with HOME and have been identified as requiring more intensive therapeutic intervention.

We are looking for qualified counsellors with experience of working with young people to join our team.

Post: Bank Counsellors for clients aged 11-25

Contract Basis: All bank counsellors will be engaged on a self-employed basis and will be responsible for their own tax and national insurance.

Payment Rate: £30 per client session, £15 for ‘Did Not Attend’ (DNA) sessions and late cancellations.

Commitment: Minimum of 4 client sessions per week and commit to providing sessions for a minimum duration of six months.

Job summary

Chilypep are currently seeking passionate and experienced children and young people’s counsellors to work on a flexible contract.

This role will be to complement the wider wellbeing programme on offer at HOME, which includes early intervention and prevention support primarily in the form of group work.

You will provide in person and/or remote support to children and young people who may be experiencing a range of issues. Availability for sessions is flexible, depending on room availability at HOME, however due to the age range of the clients’ sessions may need to take place at evenings after school/college hours.

As a Bank member of the team, you will be able to meet the needs of the service when there is increased demand to ensure that children and young people are able to access support in a timely way.

To be successful in the role candidates are required to have excellent time management skills. You must be compassionate, resilient and dedicated to changing the lives of the young people Chilypep support.

Main duties of the job

As a Bank Counsellor you will:

  • Deliver therapeutic interventions to children and young people, working independently which may at times mean lone working.
  • Undertake professional initial assessments of young people and formulate a plan for their therapy within the guidelines of the service.
  • Provide ongoing (up to 20 weeks) and one-off counselling to young people.
  • To maintain accurate notes, and confidential and up to date records and to undertake necessary administrative tasks as required by Chilypep.
  • To undertake approved clinical supervision (90 mins per month) at own expense and maintain own personal indemnity insurance.
  • Fit other commitments, e.g., supervision and administration, around the caseload.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Minimum level 5/6 Counselling Qualification
  • BACP or equivalent Membership/Registration
  • Previous experience supporting vulnerable children and young people

Other requirements:

  • To work within a non–discriminatory, anti–oppressive, equal opportunity framework and in line with Chilypep’s ethos and values.
  • To work to support and enhance the existing work delivered at HOME
  • To work within the relevant policies and procedures of Chilypep
  • To work within the BACP (or equivalent professional bodies) Ethical Framework
  • To undertake personal development and training as appropriate

We are an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity and inclusion and ensuring equality of opportunity in our recruitment processes for staff and volunteers. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, colour, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic. Our mission is to welcome everyone and create inclusive teams. We celebrate differences and encourage everyone to join us and be themselves at work. Our policy is to recruit a diverse workforce and follow the guidelines of the Equality Act. We are an employer that values lived experience at all levels of our organisation.

Our priority is to safeguard and protect the Children and Young People we work with, and we operate within strict Safe Recruitment Practices, including a DBS check for all staff and volunteers.

All candidates must have existing permission to work in the UK.

To apply for this role please send a CV and Covering Letter which highlights your skills, relevant experience and your reasons for being interested in this role, to:

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