Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

Job Title: Clinical or Counselling Psychologist
Contract Type: Part-time
Location: Derbyshire
Salary: Circa £44,000 per annum pro rata
Reference: 3694
Job Published: June 10, 2020 09:08

Job Description

Giving children and young people the foundations they need to thrive.

The role

Do you have a strong background in as a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist delivering early interventions for children and young people's emotional and mental health?  Action for Children are looking for committed, enthusiastic and experienced psychologists to work for our Build Sound Minds Derby and Derbyshire service. This service is a targeted early intervention service for children and young people aged 0-17 experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues and their families across Derbyshire and Derby city.

The service will work with children and young people who need specialist support but who do not meet the thresholds for more specialist services. These children and young people are likely to present with mild to moderate mental health difficulties and require support to help them deal with issues such as bereavement, parental separation, self-esteem, bullying, sexuality, and behaviour at home/school. The collaborative model is designed to increase resilience and reduce the development of more entrenched mental health issues.

The service runs from hubs in Chesterfield and Derby and the purpose of the service is to deliver programmes of one to one/family support based on psychological formulations unique to every child, with an emphasis on building resilience in children and young people, supporting good attachment and establishing evidence-based outcomes. The service also offers group interventions, schools based programmes, a digital offer and evidence-based programmes for children and their parents.

You will make a difference by:

  • Leading on the development of Care Plans for children and young people within your cluster.
  • Offer clinical supervision to other staff and will provide clinical support to the team.
  • Working with a range of professionals to ensure the children and young people you support develop to their full potential.
  • You will hold the highest aspirations for children and young people and will liaise closely with our partners to ensure compliance and excellence.
  • We will actively support you in your role and provide you with training, development and clinical supervision. 

You will need:

  • You must hold a Doctorate or equivalent in either Clinical or Counselling Psychology and be registered as a qualified Practitioner Clinical Psychologist or Counselling Psychologist with the UK Health Care Professions Council
  • Ideally you will have experience of working with children in both clinical and community settings. You will also need an in-depth knowledge and proven experience of the theory and practice of specialised psychological assessments and interventions, to include complex trauma, parenting interventions and systemic models.
  • You will ideally have experience of conducting group work as well as knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection.
  • You will also display excellent interpersonal and listening skill with a high degree of emotional intelligence.
  • You will be committed to Action for Children's defining statement, “keeping the child at the centre,” and promoting our participation standards in your work. You will also be committed to inclusion and promoting diversity in line with Action for Children's values. 

The way we work

We work to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. Have a look at our behaviours and values to understand more about the way we work here.


We want our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, a comprehensive employer-matched pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts on our dedicated benefits portal. Find out more about our exclusive Action for Children benefits here.

For safe and happy childhoods

At Action for Children, we protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. Last year, we helped more than 387,000 children and families across the UK.

For more information and to apply, please visit our website 

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.

Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons particularly people with Disabilities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.