• Hours: Full time
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Salary Type: Annual
  • Salary Range: £40,000.00 - £45,000.00
  • Language: English

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Deputy School Based Counselling Service Manager (School Staff Services)

Neath Port Talbot Council
Secondment Opportunity

Temporary Full time 37 hours per week to 17/07/2026

Neath Port Talbot School Based Counselling Service (NPT SBCS) is a multi-modality team of therapists comprised of School Based Counsellors, Play Therapists, a Community Counsellor and a Drama Therapist. NPT SBCS is committed to helping Children and Young People (CYP) address emotional and mental health issues so that they may rise through adversity, achieve their potential and lead fulfilling lives. This is achieved through the provision of counselling and child therapy to CYP in Years 1-13 across NPT. Counsellors and Play Therapists provide targeted therapy to CYP in order to address a range of emotional and mental health issues. We support schools in this joint endeavor through consultation, support and high quality in house training which is available to head teachers, school Governors, teaching and non-teaching staff.

Additionally, the service is passionate about addressing school staff wellbeing due to the well documented link between staff wellbeing and pupil wellbeing, through initiatives such as the School Staff Supervision Service and School Staff Counselling Service. The service has recently been successful in obtaining additional funding in this area, enabling an exciting time of development and expansion. The growth of the service has necessitated this role.

We are seeking to appoint a dedicated and innovative Deputy School Based Counselling Service Manager for our School Staff Services. You will hold deputising management responsibility for the School Based Counselling Service and line management responsibility for allocated staff working within the School Staff Services area.

Working strategically is a key element of the role through working collaboratively with external and internal services/partners/stakeholders.

As a qualified counsellor/supervisor, you will hold an individual counselling and supervisory caseload as well as deliver training to schools as required.

In addition to providing counselling and supervision, you will have an important role in delivering group work where needed. You will play an integral part in developing the School Staff Services area of the School Based Counselling Service within the authority, including collaborative working with other staff within the Inclusion Service and taking part in multi-disciplinary consultations with schools. Enhancing the skills of school based staff will also be an important element of the post.

We welcome applications from those who hold a Professional Diploma in Counselling and are accredited /registered with the BACP or UKCP or equivalent to commence as soon as possible

You will join a friendly, lively and innovative School Based Counselling Team who are committed to assisting the LEA in the achievement of increased inclusion and raising educational standards. Committed to the concept of inclusive education, you will have an understanding of the challenges facing education in deprived areas and be a passionate supporter of high expectations and achievement for all pupils.

If you think that you have the necessary experience and qualifications for this role, we would love to hear from you.

On completing the application form, please ensure that you address the elements of the Person Specification.

Should you require any further information, please contact Rhian Miller, School Based Counselling Service Manager ( ) to arrange an informal discussion.

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS disclosure

Neath Port Talbot Council is totally committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Our schools/employees are equally committed to ensuring the safety and protection of all children and young people/vulnerable adults and will take action to safeguard their wellbeing.

The recruitment process for this post will be underpinned by rigorous safer recruitment assessment to ensure that children and young people are protected.

Applications may be submitted in Welsh, applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates who have a disability and armed forces veterans.

In support of employees of Tata Steel who are at risk of redundancy, or have been made redundant in 2024, Neath Port Talbot Council is offering a guaranteed interview for jobs across the Council. Applicants must meet the essential criteria for the post to qualify for this. If you are or going to be affected by the job losses at Tata Steel then we would welcome an application from you. Just make it known on your application form that you are currently at risk of redundancy or you have been made redundant.

At Team NPT, we all work together to serve the people, communities and businesses of Neath Port Talbot.

We are committed to providing training opportunities and the professional development of all our employees.

We look forward to welcoming you to Team NPT.