School Counsellor (Temporary) (Part Time)

Favourite North Ayrshire Council
Ref no: NAY02922
Closes: Tuesday, 19th September 2017
Published: Tuesday, 5th September 2017
Location: Glencairn Primary School and Nursery, New Street, Stevenston
Rate: £14.18 - £15.51 per hour
Hours: 14.00 hours per week
Contract Type: Temporary
Position Type: Term Time Part Time
Organisation: North Ayrshire Council
Category: Education
Sub-category: Primary Education

Role Profile

Temporary until 29th June 2018


To provide a counselling service to the pupils and staff of the school    


Corporate Responsibilities

  • To undertake individual role in line with the Council’s Strategic Priorities and in compliance with the Council’s corporate policies and procedures.
  • To undertake any other reasonably required duties as instructed by Management or someone acting on their behalf, in addition to the role specific tasks & responsibilities detailed below.

Role Specific Tasks & Responsibilities

  • To offer pupils and staff in the primary school, individual counselling to support their emotional wellbeing and ensure positive mental health
  • To work with a diverse range of issues including bereavement and loss, anxiety and fears, low mood, lack of confidence etc
  • To liaise with the Senior Management team and other staff members whose role it is to support young people.
  • To work with other professionals, where appropriate, relating to wellbeing interventions.
  • To network with personnel from other agencies with a view to easing referrals and accessing specialist consultants
  • To keep suitable case records on the counselling in a secure place
  • To attend regular supervision with a suitably qualified supervisor
  • Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required.
  • Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required.
  • Working in consultation with the authority’s child protection policies
  • To provide information on the counselling service, the role of the counsellor and the boundaries of confidentiality to pupils, staff and parents
  • To report back on a regular basis on numbers using the service and give a general overview of the types of problems with which the users of the service are presenting
  • To perform duties within the codes of practice and ethics recommended by the BACP, UKCP or equivalent organisation
  • To review and evaluate their own service delivery in line with the authority’s expectations.
  • To follow protocols re contacting parents / carers, data sharing and security.
  • Promote and protect the emotional wellbeing of children and young people for whom you are responsible, and with whom you come into contact.
  • Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school.
  • Ability to support the role of other professionals







Education and Qualifications

  • BACP Accreditation or equivalent
  • Working knowledge of GIRFEC and the wellbeing indicators  
  • Further therapeutic training or qualification in working with children and young people 
  • Post-graduate Certificate/Diploma in Counselling or equivalent 
  • Application Form
  • Interview



  • Experience of providing 1/1 support in a therapeutic relationship
  • Minimum of 1 year’s experience of working with children and young people
  • Experience of facilitating groups
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team  
  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview

Specialist Knowledge

  • Working knowledge of GIRFEC and the wellbeing indicators
  • An understanding of the developmental, emotional, social and educational issues of children and young people
  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentially and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.     
  • An awareness of range of needs of people from diverse ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds
  • Knowledge of local mental health services and CAMHS
  • Application Form
  • Interview
  • Pre/Post-Interview Check (if appropriate)

Skills and Abilities

  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to be flexible in your working practice
  • To be able to develop positive working relationships with pupils and colleagues
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Ability to take a systematic approach to work
  • Ability to ensure equal opportunities for all. 
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, manage own caseload and use initiative
  • Ability to work with change
  • Patience, tolerance and sensitivity
  • A mature and non-judgemental outlook
  • Ability to work to deadlines 
  • Ability to fit into the ethos of the school and the nurturing approaches of North Ayrshire  
  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview


  • Commitment to ongoing professional development   
  • Flexibility to work with a developing organisation.  
  • Application Form
  • Interview
  • Pre/Post-Interview Check (if appropriate)








We put our customers first

We understand the bigger picture

  • Provide excellent customer services.
  • Meet and where possible exceed the expectations of internal and external customers.
  • Understand the performance levels and standards required within our own role and strive to achieve and where possible exceed these.
  • Know how the work we do fits into the overall performance of the Council.




We take pride in the jobs we do

We are ambitious for our community

  • Take ownership of our own actions and performance.
  • Reflect on the work we do and consider how it could be improved.
  • Have a positive impact on the lives of our customers and their communities.
  • Push the boundaries to help our customers and communities realise their potential.



We all look for better ways to deliver our services

We achieve the best results together

  • Find new ways to deliver improvements, efficiencies and value for money.
  • Embrace change with enthusiasm and creative ideas.
  • Work together and creatively produce the best outcomes for our customers and communities.
  • Plan all activities with the end goal in mind.


Additional Information

PVG (Children)

This post is considered Regulated Work with Children, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children.

Preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check, prior to confirmation of employment being made by North Ayrshire Council. Please note, successful candidates will be expected to meet the cost of the relevant PVG check (£59 or £18), which will be deducted in instalments from your wages following commencement of employment. For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit For further details on North Ayrshire Council’s policy please visit


For your information if this post requires references you will be notified of further details if you are successful in gaining an interview. Not providing relevant references when requested may delay the outcome of the interview process

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