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£29,896- £32,209 plus Office at Home Allowance £312 per annum
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

Counsellor (17616)

Location: NW Regional - Mental Health Services

Contract type: Permanent

Hours: 37

Salary: £29,896 - £32,209 plus Office at Home Allowance £312 per annum

Closing Date: 2 December 2023

Interview Date: TBC

We are looking for qualified counsellors to join the ACT Service Team, delivering virtual therapy to children and young people across Britain.

ACT is a new Barnardo's service that is positioned within the Mental Health and Trauma Services (NWMHT) Delivery Platform and will have a base in Central Lancashire.

It will work with services across Britain to offer online virtual therapy to children and young people aged approx. 11-18 years. The aim of the ACT Service is to operate in a flexible and responsive way to meet peaks and demands in referrals to services, by utilising a team of qualified therapists and experienced mental health practitioners offering a range of virtual interventions, maintaining the same quality service delivery as the core Barnardo's service.

The successful candidate will be expected to work flexibly with an emphasis on meeting young people online at a time that suits them. Therefore, all ACT workers will be required to commit to some regular evening work per week with the rest of the hours being worked flexibly around the needs of the service. It should also be noted that there may potentially be a need for some weekend work if required by service users.

ACT team members will work flexibly using a hybrid model of Barnardo's office and home-based delivery of therapy sessions, so therapist applicants need to be able and willing to travel to various offices including the Preston base.

Qualified Therapist Applicants should:

  • be qualified to minimum Diploma level in CBT, Integrative counselling or solution focussed therapy with Membership of relevant professional body e.g. BACP, HCPC
  • have experience of delivering counselling interventions with children and young people with mild to moderate mental health and emotional wellbeing needs.
  • have proven that they have adapted their skills and are competent and able to work safely and effectively virtually using a range of online and web-based platforms, mindful of the additional safeguarding and GDPR implications.
  • Be able to manage and prioritise their own caseload and provide personalised support to children and young people using evidence-based Routine Outcome Measures.
  • Be able to provide a culturally sensitive service, by supporting people from all backgrounds and communities, respecting children and young people's lifestyles and diversity.

When completing your application please refer to your skills knowledge and experience in relation to the Person Specification, Job Description and Additional Information document (if applicable). This should be done with an understanding of the context of the service described.


The world of work has changed. We are understanding of what works best for our colleagues both current and future as we look to embrace this new way of working. Our hybrid working initiative is based on trust, flexibility and empowerment. We understand our workplace offer means different things to different people, and we encourage those conversations. This may mean working at one of our stores, services, working at home, at one of our Collaboration Hubs or any combination of these.


Barnardo's believe in creating equality of opportunity in the workplace and supporting people to manage their work-life balance; we are therefore open to offering flexible working arrangements.

About Barnardo's

At Barnardo's we believe in children – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Please read about our basis and values following the link below. You will be asked questions relating to them as part of the recruitment process for this role.

Barnardo's is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce for staff and volunteers. We actively encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within Barnardo's.

Our basis and values

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