Doncaster Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Service

Sessional Counsellor (Qualified) – Children & Young People (CYP)

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Job Description/Person Specification

Job Name :

CYP Sessional Therapist

Reports to :

Counselling Service Manager

Purpose of the Role

To work in accordance with the ethos of the organisation and co-operatively with the team to provide high quality, professional and dynamic counselling service for children and young people aged 5+ affected by sexual abuse.

Key Accountabilities

  • To provide individual counselling and/or therapeutic play to children and young people
  • To maintain appropriate records
  • To identify any potential safeguarding or risk issues
  • To participate in supervision and line management.

Key Responsibilities

To be creative in enabling clients to access and engage with the Service

  • To provide individual counselling and/or the use of play or art as therapy to children and young people who are experiencing difficulties with their emotional/mental well-being
  • The ability to negotiate and maintain clear contracts with clients
  • To assess and evaluate clients’ needs and then provide appropriate support, referral and/or information
  • To manage and maintain a case-load

To maintain appropriate records

  • To keep appropriate records and notes relating to client work, using the DRASACS’s database (CRMS) ensuring relevant information is readily accessible
  • To organise own workload
  • Undertake any administration or paperwork relating to clients required by the line manager.

To identify any potential safeguarding or risk issues

  • Inform the Counselling Manager of any safeguarding or risk issues arising from client interactions.
  • To carry out client assessments
  • Making recommendations to the multi-disciplinary team based on the assessment and evaluation of the needs of the client
  • Understanding of the implications of working alongside statutory investigations and court proceedings especially with regards to record-keeping, confidentiality and data protection
  • Making recommendations and referrals as appropriate

To participate in supervision

  • To receive regular line management, in line with DRASACS’ policy.
  • To participate fully in regular relevant clinical supervision with an external supervisor approved by DRASACS


  • To work as part of the counselling team and support other team members as appropriate to promote the service and increase its accessibility
  • To liaise and work in partnership with statutory and voluntary agencies in the interests of the service and needs of the clients
  • To undertake such duties as may be required by the Manager which are consistent with the duties and responsibilities of the post.
  • To work in a supportive way in line with DRASACS’ Equality & Diversity Policy.
  • To maintain confidentiality in line with the DRASACS’ policy
  • To work at all times within the BACP’s Ethical Framework and DRASACS’ current policies.
  • To be committed to ongoing personal/professional development and self-awareness.

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge


  • Understanding and familiarity with trauma-focused therapy and knowledge of sexual abuse dynamics
  • Experience of building positive and empathic relationships with clients including working with risk issues
  • Ability to work co-operatively with team members, community partners and other staff
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including sound clinical judgement, creative and problem solving skills.
  • Technological skills necessary to work in an office environment, Eg: MS Office Suite
  • Good admin and numeracy skills.

Qualifications & Knowledge

  • A relevant professional qualification (Counselling/Psychotherapy Diploma, degree or equivalent level 5 or above qualification working with children).
  • Additional specialised training in working with children aged 5 and above
  • Registered or Accredited member of BACP or other appropriate professional body such as UKCP
  • Accreditation by BACP or UKCP or working towards this
  • Knowledge of legal and ethical issues around working with young people and an in-depth working knowledge of child protection issues and safeguarding procedures
  • Level 3 Safeguarding
  • Knowledge of child-developmental processes

Experience & Behaviours


  • Experience of providing counselling to rape and sexual abuse clients and their families
  • Clinical experience of working therapeutically with children and young people
  • Good awareness of mental health needs
  • Understanding of the key presenting issues including the impact of sexual abuse.
  • Awareness of potential barriers to engagement and how these may be overcome.
  • Recognise risk & safeguarding, proactively report and support the escalation of concerns.
  • Ability to work flexibly and co-operatively as part of a team working within a variety of therapeutic models.
  • Experience of carrying out Assessments
  • Experience of use of outcome based measurement tools in counselling eg: GAD7 & PHQ9


  • A sensitive, mature approach to working within a specialist service
  • Understanding of diversity issues and a strong commitment to pro-active anti-discriminatory working practice across a wide range of issues.
  • Willingness to maintain, update and share skills and knowledge.
  • Uncompromising sense of ethics and adherence to confidentiality
  • Personal resilience, as the content of client interactions is often distressing
  • Highly motivated and with ability to plan work and work under pressure
  • Experience of working/ willingness to work with interpreters

Rate: £31.00 Per Session

Hours of work: Up to 10 hours available, Monday – Thursday 10am – 6pm

Contract Length: Contract until March 2025

This post is subject to a Disclosing and Barring Service check, and DRASACS ‘Safer Recruitment’ process.

Job Type: Contract

Pay: £31.00 per hour

Expected hours: 10 per week


  • Additional leave
  • Company pension
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • Sick pay


  • Monday to Friday
  • No weekends

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Doncaster: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 10/05/2024

To apply please visit our Indeed page here

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