Clinical roles

Working in schools

Blue Smile works in a number of Cambridgeshire schools and our services are growing fast to meet the local need.

Because of our increased demand, there are opportunities for placements and self employed roles with us.

Voluntary clinical placements are available for counselling and psychotherapy students and graduates looking to build their hours or working towards accreditation.

Blue Smile follows safer recruiting policy and practice as well as our safeguarding policy.

Outreach Therapists

We are looking for qualified therapists, with at least one year’s post-qualification experience, to deliver the Blue Smile clinical service in schools.

Outreach therapists can expect:

• Experience of work with a diverse range of clients
• Paid admin time supporting the clinical work

• The opportunity to work quite independently but with the oversight of an experienced Outreach Coordinator

• The chance to build managerial skills in handling referrals and liaising with teachers

• Training and CPD

Self-employed Outreach Therapists work in an allocated school, picking up several cases.

There is some flexibility, so the work can fit well with existing commitments and builds into very valuable professional development to more senior roles.

Download our Outreach Therapist role description
Download our Outreach Therapist application form
Download our Criminal Record declaration form

‘Even after all this time I learn so much from each child I work with. I love the journeys we go on together

Jane, Therapist

Clinical placements

Blue Smile uses an arts based therapeutic model to help children and young people to regulate their emotions and organise their thoughts.

Ideally, we look for applicants who are in at least the second year of a level 6 course (or equivalent) in counselling or therapy with children.

However, we do consider applicants at an earlier stage of training but who have significant therapeutic experience of working with children in relevant settings.

A Blue Smile therapist clinical placement offers:

• Experience of working as part of a team in a school
• Clinical hours

• Training and continuing professional development

• Contribution towards supervision

School clinical leads will provide on-going support and guidance throughout the placement.

Therapist clinical placement volunteers will be required to have an interview, enhanced DBS (criminal record) check, references and an induction.

Our placements involve a minimum of half a day once a week in term time, ideally for a commitment of at least one academic year. The work may be both short and long term, depending on an assessment of need on referral.

We make a contribution towards your individual supervision, as well as training and career development opportunities.

Please email jobs@bluesmile.org.uk for more details.

Download our Therapist Clinical Placement role description
Download our Therapist Clinical Placement application form
Download our Criminal Record declaration form

We put safety at the centre of our work

As a children’s mental health charity, our policies and procedures around recruitment are very important to us.

Criminal record (DBS) checks
Blue Smile carries out safe recruitment checks on anyone who works with children for us.
All roles require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or Disclosure Scotland check and references before the individual joins us.
Regular safeguarding training is provided.

Diversity and Inclusion
Blue Smile is committed to equal opportunities and we positively encourage applications from all sections of the community.

Data Protection
If you wish to find out more about your data and how it will be used you can read our privacy statement here.

Blue Smile is committed to safeguarding children in all aspects of our work, including recruitment,
as outlined in our Safer Recruitment Policy and Procedures.

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders
Please click here for our policy on recruitment of ex-offenders.

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