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Family Support Counsellor

The Family Support Counsellor works together with the Youth Counsellor who supports young people aged 13 – 24, male or female, who are survivors of rape and sexual abuse. The Family Support Counsellor’s role is to provide support, for family members of the young person being supported through our Youth Counselling Programme, through the provision of up to six family sessions.

By working with the family, the aim of Family Support Counsellor is to reduce the anxiety felt by the family in how to best support their child and provide them with the tools to achieve this.

Key function of the Family Support Worker:

  • To provide individual and personalised counselling support to six families per week, each of one-hour in duration, for up to six sessions.
  • Liaise with the youth counsellor regarding contacting the family on receipt of a referral.
  • Referrals can be received through RASASC’s ISVA service, self-referral (parents, carers or guardians) or other agencies.
  • Book family sessions by email or phone and carry out an assessment of the family’s needs and risk and create a support plan
  • To meet, weekly, with the Youth Counsellor to carry out a review meeting and discuss and address any issues relating to the young person and family by planning and providing the support the clients (young person and family) need.
  • To provide up to date information of local service provision for appropriate signposting and referrals.
  • Undertake all administration for the service including, two hours per week (total) to write up notes on the weekly sessions, maintain case files and records and inputting onto our database, , provide monitoring information (normally six-monthly and annually) as required under funding conditions as requested by the Chief Executive officer or Fundraising Manager
  • Attend monthly clinical supervision with RASASC clinical supervisor and Thursday Family Support Counsellor
  • To meet with RASASC’s Chief Executive Officer every 6-8 weeks

Essential Skills:

  • Over 100 hours of general counselling experience
  • Minimum of Diploma in Counselling
  • Awareness of safeguarding and child protection policies and procedure
  • To adhere to the BACP code of ethics

Desirable Skills:

  • An understanding of the impact on, or experience in working with, survivors or rape and sexual abuse
  • Experience of counselling young people
  • An individual member of BACP or UKCP
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and also work as part of a team
  • Strong relationship and interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with a diverse range of people
  • Ability to deal with information in a confidential manner
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to manage a variety of tasks
  • Administration and IT skills – ability to maintain records and produce clear written and oral reports, keen attention to detail and accurate data entry skills
  • Positive, friendly, confident and enthusiastic attitude
  • A flexible and non-judgemental approach to people and work.

Employment and Working Hours:

  • 12-month contract (self-employed), possibility of extending subject to funding
  • Working hours Wednesdays16:00 – 20:00
  • £20 per hour for support sessions, meetings with Youth Counsellor and supervision
  • £15 per hour for administrative tasks including:
    • writing notes
    • inputting into SHONET (in-house database)
    • booking appointments
    • preparing monitoring reports
  • Reporting to Chief Executive Officer/ Clinical and Assessor Lead
  • Estimated number of families supported per year 12-24.

Closing date for applications: Monday 2nd March 2020 12:30 PM

Interviews date to be advised

How to Apply:

Please complete the attached application form and return it to Liz Joyce

Full Job Description

Application Form

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