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Team Manager (Child Therapist)

Team Manager (Child Therapist)

(We welcome applications from qualified child integrative therapists, child counsellors, art therapists and play therapists)

Hours:Full Time (5 days) or Part time (4 days) available. Term Time (based on 40 weeks per year)  
Location:Inner London Primary Schools, with occasional travelling to our London Head Office for meetings  
Salary:£35,700 per annum (full time salary). Pro-rata for working 5 days & Term-Time only: £27,461.54 (inclusive of paid holiday allowance) paid equally on a monthly basis over 12 months.    
Manager:This role will report to the Hub Manager  


We are recruiting for a Team Manager who will join our Schools Programme, a school based therapeutic service which benefits the whole school community. The programme provides high-quality support to children and families affected by social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).

The programme currently works in primary schools across London Boroughs, and we have a multi-disciplinary team including: Psychotherapists, Creative Arts Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists, who provide flexible, timely and targeted interventions to improve emotional wellbeing and help children to thrive.

We work in partnership with children, parents and carers, and staff playing an important role in each school’s pastoral system in the knowledge that working together benefits the child.

Our Mission and Values


We work collaboratively with communities to enable children and young people with social, emotional, and mental health needs to unlock their full potential



We build trust by being honest, transparent, and accountable in the way we work with children and young people, staff, and partners and by providing services and programmes whose outcomes are measurable and evidenced based.


Relationships are at the heart of our work. We prioritise communication and collaboration with partners, families, and communities, believing that by working together we create more effective and holistic outcomes for children and young people.


We co-create opportunities for our children, young people, parents/carers and staff to actively participate in decision-making that influences change. We promote the voices of children and young people in our organisation and the wider community.


We provide a nurturing approach based on safety and space for creativity, exploration, and growth. We support and care for our children, young people, and staff to realise their potential.


We are committed to measuring our impact through a data driven method in order to develop our programmes and make a greater difference to the lives of children, young people, and their parents and carers. 


We are seeking a dedicated individual who is passionate about helping children achieve their full potential to join our Schools Programme.

In the role of Team Manager, you will draw on your experience as a qualified therapist alongside your excellent organisational and relationship management skills to effectively coordinate and lead the service, working flexibly and responsively within your school. You will be the bridge between the service and the school, working closely with the school’s staff (e.g. senior leadership, teachers, safeguarding leads, inclusion team etc) and attending multi-agency meetings.

Your responsibilities will include managing referrals and assessments, liaising with parents and carers, maintaining accurate records, and monitoring and evaluating the impact of the service. You would also deliver some short-term 1-1 and/or group interventions, lunchtime clubs and ‘Speak UP’ within your school and, one day per week, you would deliver 1-1 therapy to children in a different school to maintain your clinical practice.

Key Responsibilities

Team Manager

Clinical Work

  • long term 1:1 therapy sessions to complex cases’


Person Specification

Knowledge & Qualifications  Accreditation to a professional body, e.g. UKCP, BACP, HCPC, BAT, BAPTA recognised qualification in counselling or psychotherapy with children e.g. Art Therapist, Child Psychotherapist, Play TherapistKnowledge of humanistic, relational therapeutic theory, practice and interventions, with children, young people and adultsAppreciation and knowledge of different modalities, theory and practiceUnderstanding of best practice and evidence-based practice in therapy
Experience  Excellent experience working therapeutically Working with marginalised children and familiesWorking within a fast-paced, challenging environment Working in an education setting (desirable) Working within a multi-disciplinary team Managing a team/trainees (desirable)
Skills & Abilities  Excellent time management, planning and prioritisation skillsAble to use own initiative and to work autonomously Ability to motivate, encourage and support a diverse team Ability to make informed, timely decisions and sound judgement to prioritise actionsExcellent written and verbal communication skillsGood IT skills including Microsoft packages and OutlookAble to quickly establish personal and professional credibility and build effective relationships Ability to work in a variety of settings with culturally diverse families and communities
AttributesPersonal and professional integrityHigh levels of confidentiality and discretion involving both clients and fellow employeesCommitment to therapeutic best practice Resilient, with a flexible approach and a hands-on attitude Positive attitude, a friendly and approachable mannerEnthusiasm for working with professional partners and other organisations to find collective solutions for our beneficiariesReflective and learns from past experiences, able to give and receive effective feedback, and able to improve personal performance
SafeguardingKnowledge and understanding of safeguarding best practice and the ability to respond appropriately to any safeguarding concerns and to contribute to the continual improvement of safeguarding best practice at UP
General  Commitment to the mission, vision and values of the charity and a desire to play a role in transforming provision for marginalised children and their familiesCommitment to equality, diversity and inclusionWith guidance and support from your manager, and with attendance on appropriate training courses, develop skills to further your work and own CPD 


  • Please make your application by submitting your CV along with a supporting statement which clearly demonstrates how you meet the person specification criteria (we will be reviewing shortlisted candidates closely against the person specification)
  • We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All roles are subject to safer recruitment practices, and this position will require an Enhanced Disclosure with Barred list check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
  • Our children and families and staff come from a wide range of backgrounds, and we value the unique contribution that each individual can bring to UP. We strongly believe that a diverse and inclusive team is vital to our work, and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We are especially interested in hearing from individuals who are Black, Asian or from a minority ethnic background
  • For further information, an informal discussion, or if you require any reasonable adjustments at any stage of the application process, please contact: [email protected]
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