Understanding children's mental health & emotional wellbeing

Recruiting Counsellors/Play Therapists/Creative Arts Therapists

We have an exciting opportunity to join ConnectEd, one of the largest providers of counselling and therapy services to schools in London. We are looking to recruit enthusiastic and motivated individuals with a qualification in Counselling, Play Therapy or a Creative Arts Therapy.

Successful applicants will receive an excellent package including generous pension provision, external clinical supervision, line-management and continuing professional development.

We currently have vacancies for counsellors/therapists to work:

  • Two days per week at a primary school
  • Three days per week at a secondary school

Both schools are located in Kensington and Chelsea and are walking distance from Ladbroke Grove tube station.

Successful applicants will:

  • Possess a qualification in Counselling, Play Therapy or a Creative Arts Therapy
  • Have at least one year’s post qualifying experience of working therapeutically with children/young people of similar ages to the pupils you are applying to work with (i.e. primary or secondary)
  • Have a good understanding of working in an educational setting
  • Be willing to deliver both individual and group work
  • Hold membership of an appropriate professional body (BACP, BAPT, BADth, BAAT etc.)
  • Where applicable to your qualification/training, be HCPC registered or professionally accredited (or actively working towards accreditation).

The posts are term-time only.  For each one day per week post an additional three days must be worked annually during the school holidays.

Salary: £30,838 – £34,232 pro rata

For job descriptions and an application form please click on the relevant heading below:

Completed applications can be emailed to: reception@cathchild.org.uk

CLOSING DATE: Monday 31st July 2017, 9am
INTERVIEW DATE: Thursday 3rd August 2017

ConnectEd is the delivery arm for the mental health services provided by the Catholic Children’s Society, a registered charity that supports disadvantaged children and families.  Currently we deliver counselling and therapy on-site in over 70 schools (both Catholic and non-Catholic).  We are an inclusive employer and there is no requirement for applicants to be Catholic.  

CCS is committed to safe recruitment and the post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Charity No. 210920

‘When somebody dies’: How to create a school bereavement policy – Conference 17th May 2017

Without a bereavement policy when somebody dies in a school community a difficult situation can be much harder to cope with.

Due to high demand we are holding a second special conference for Senior Leaders from schools entitled ‘When Somebody Dies’. This will provide practical expert guidance on how to develop a school bereavement policy and procedures. All delegates will receive a comprehensive resource pack and template policy which they can tailor and implement at their schools.

• Special guest speaker: Rosie Mather (Child Bereavement UK)
• Date: Wednesday 17th May 2017, 10am – 3pm
• Venue: Ashford International Hotel
• Cost: £100 (including lunch)

“During the most difficult time imaginable for our school community the information and material from the ‘When Somebody Dies’ conference I attended proved invaluable”
(K. Linnane, Assistant Head, St Joseph’s Primary, Herts)

A booking form can be downloaded here: When Somebody Dies Conference Booking Form 17 May 2017

New DfE guidance for school staff on ‘Mental health & behaviour in schools’

A report published in June 2014 provides extensive information on how schools can manage difficult behaviour and provide effective support for pupils experiencing mental health issues.  The full report can be downloaded here:



Mental Health Training workshops commissioned

ConnectEd Mental Health Training workshops have been commissioned by the London borough of Richmond upon Thames to support the professional development of their children’s workforce.

Find out more about the training we can offer here