Manchester, Greater Manchester
£26,000 - £30,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

School Adolescent Counsellor

Who are we?

Football Beyond Borders is an education charity which uses the power of football to inspire young people from disadvantaged communities to achieve their goals and make their voices heard through our behaviour for learning programme. We use football as an engagement tool to inspire young people to thrive at school and achieve their goals. We work with over 1,000 young people each week who are passionate about football. We work across a range of schools in both a mainstream setting and in specialist provisions, with a focus on Key Stage 3.

Why join us?

We are an expanding, vibrant organisation with a culturally diverse and multi-talented staff team working across London, Essex and Greater Manchester who are passionate about helping young people to achieve their potential. This role will put you at the heart of our work with young people and allow you to play a leading role in the development and delivery of our therapeutic interventions. We are fighting for a world in which young people have the opportunities to become all that they can be. This is a role full of variety, excitement and working with passionate young people who love being a part of the FBB Family. You’ll be joining one of the UK’s fastest growing social sector organisations in the UK.

School Adolescent Counsellor:  Role Description

Reports to:           Head of Interventions

Start date:            November 2021

Location:               Greater Manchester

Hours:                    40 hours per week

Salary:                    £26,000 - £30,000

Deadline:               October 31st 2021


Key Responsibilities

We are seeking a passionate and child-centred, Adolescent Counsellor who will provide tailored therapeutic support for Key Stage 3 participants on our programme who are considered to be at risk of school exclusion. Working to deliver weekly 1 to 1 sessions through a creative and relational approach through our virtual and school based programmes, underpinned by our four foundational principles; Attachment Theory, Adolescent Neuroscience, Developmental Trauma and Humanistic Therapy.

The ideal candidate will work with a caseload of up to 20 students across the school year on a weekly basis working alongside qualified teachers, behavioural specialists, youth workers and will be willing to advocate for the most vulnerable young people in our society. Working therapeutically within a multidisciplinary team will mean you will have the opportunity to not only provide therapeutic support but also work together with the project lead to advise and advocate on behalf of the young person's best interests, whilst also creating your own tailored therapeutic kit bag to encourage exploring creative and relational ways of working beyond traditional talk therapy. As part of the role, you will also be provided with clinical supervision by experienced Psychotherapists on our team.

It is a dynamic and varied role that requires cultural competence,  passion, knowledge, experience and flexibility to adapt digitally to improving outcomes for our young people in areas across London and Greater Manchester.


  • Minimum Level 3 and above qualification in Child and Adolescent Counselling / Psychotherapy
  • A recognised qualification in counselling/psychotherapy
  •  Accreditation with the BACP/UKCP/HPCP/BAAT
  • Worked with young people and families from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures.
  • Have a passion for using football as a tool for engaging young people
  • Experience of working with children and young people who present challenging behaviour and who have complex social, emotional and learning needs.
  • Provided therapeutic support through a range of creative and relational approaches.
  • Experience working within a multi-disciplinary/multi-agency setting with a variety of professionals

Football Beyond Borders is an equal opportunity employer and committed to recruiting and developing a workforce that reflects the community in which we operate. We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented in senior roles in this sector and therapy services.

Recruitment process

Safeguarding statement

FBB is committed to adopting a safe recruitment process and follows the NSPCC safer recruitment procedures that have safeguarding at their heart and aim to discourage unsuitable applicants.

The successful applicant will be expected to comply with all of FBB policies, in particular:

  • Equality and Diversity
  • Health and Safety
  • Safeguarding


The appointment is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Shortlisting, interviews and reference checking

Only those applicants who meet the right criteria will be taken through to the interview stage.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. References from the previous and current employer will be taken up for shortlisted candidates. Please let us know about the sensitivity of taking up references prior to an interview.

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Refreshed on: 16 October 2021
Closed date: 31 October 2021
Tags: Support Worker, Practitioner