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Arts/Play Therapist

Job title: Arts or Play Therapist

Salary: £32,000 - £36,000 pro rata

Hours per week: 37.5 hours (initially a 12-month contract, with a view to being longer term)

Accountable to: The Windmill Trust Manager

Location: Workington, with some requirement to work from Wigton on occasion

Please send a completed application form to:

Primary Purpose


To undertake work as agreed to enable The Windmill Trust to provide therapeutic services to children and families across Cumbria and other assessment and support work, as appropriate.

Principle Tasks

Therapy Sessions


1.  To undertake assessments of therapeutic and support needs of children, young people and with some support work with parents of children being seen by other therapists.

2.  To undertake therapeutic work at 1 hour per week per client for individual work and 1.5 hours for group work (if relevant). Sessions break for two weeks at Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays.

3.  To ensure that the dates and times for therapy are adhered to and that appropriate time is used at the end of each session to enable the child/young person/adult to disengage and prepare to leave.

4.  To leave the room used for the session in good order.

5.  To maintain appropriate clinical case records of all work undertaken and to store them securely in line with The Windmill Trust’s digital systems.

6.  To complete detailed reports on assessment and therapeutic reviews, as well as brief updates to inform Case Managers and contractors.

7.  To work within the guidelines of the company with regards to how therapy sessions are conducted.


Liaising With Others

1.  To maintain regular contact with the child/young person and/or family during the agreed period of involvement at a level agreed with The Windmill Trust.

2.  To support parents/carers in developing strategies for managing behaviour.

3.  To maintain close liaison and communication with other professionals involved.

4.  To communicate with parents or carers of the child, receiving and giving appropriate feedback.

5.  To assist with the gathering, recording and reporting of outcome measures.

Additional Duties

1.  To review completed Therapy Reports on behalf of the Manager, suggesting amendments where necessary.

2.  To attend meetings, such as Early Help and Child in Need, as requested and agreed.
3.  To act as Case Manager for children / young people as needed.
4.  To undertake specific tasks which may be agreed with the charity.
5.  To mentor and support more recently qualified Therapists as needed.


Conforming to Professional Standards


1.  To attend supervision with the Case Management Supervisor.
2.  To ensure your own clinical supervision is in place and maintained.
3.  To attend team consultation when offered with outside specialists.
4.  To comply with The Windmill Trust’s statutory obligations, including but not limited to National Minimum S
tandards, Information Governance and Guidance and Safeguarding of Children and Adults.
5.  To immediately refer any issues of concern/safeguarding to the Manager.
6.  To work within the HCPC and your affiliated body Code of Ethics.
7.  To work with the child or young person having regard to issues of Safe Caring.
8.  To conform to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and subsequent regulations to ensure personal safety and the safety of others who may be affected by your actions.
9.  To maintain confidentiality, unless this compromises the safeguarding of children, young people or vulnerable adults.
10.  To value diversity and demonstrate a commitment to anti-discriminatory practice and in accordance with the company’s policy.
11.  To be committed to maintaining your own professional development and to avail yourself of new and relevant research and training.
12.  To promote and represent The Windmill Trust as required.

Person Specification

The Windmill Trust is a new UK charity working in Cumbria to transform young lives through specialist psychotherapy. Charity No:  1195160.

Our vision is a future where, regardless of economic background, children and young people have access to researched, effective therapeutic interventions to alleviate distress and ward against long term mental health issues.  We work directly with infants, children, teenagers, young people, parents and carers.  We aim to provide therapeutic support to those at risk of suffering long term effects who are least likely to have access to therapeutic professionals.


The Windmill Trust has been created by two experienced therapists who recognised that there is a need for a service that works with those children who don’t qualify for statutory funding but who are at risk.   Lesley Ritchie, one of the founders and the Chair, is the Director (and founder) of About Children in Kendal and The Windmill Trust therefore has the benefit of her twenty-five years of experience in working therapeutically with children with complex emotional needs. 

The Windmill Trust is a new venture, but we have a vast working knowledge of the local agencies, schools and services through doing this work privately.  Our speciality is long term, creative therapy for children/young people with complex trauma and it is relationship based.  We tend to work with children/young people whose trust in adults has been shattered.  It takes a long time to rebuild this trust because the impact of attachment trauma is profound, both neurologically and developmentally. 

Our Trustees/Governance

We currently have six trustees who between them bring a wealth of experience in the areas of Developmental Trauma and Therapy, Equality and Diversity, Finance, Charity Management, Education and Health.  As a charity it is our ethos that all trustees have full DBS checks and participate in Safeguarding training.  We have joined West Cumbria Strategic Mental Health Partnership as we are committed to working with other organisations and complimenting rather than duplicating the work already being done in the county.

We are in an exciting position to be building a service from the ground up and growing to meet the demand for this work in the county.  We are looking to recruit several new members of staff who are keen to join us on our journey and play an integral part in developing both the service and their own role.  While we make this transition, we are only able to offer some posts as part time initially although our vision is that these posts will become full time and we would be interested in finding candidates who might be looking for part time positions where there is a possibility of full-time hours in the future.

The post is subject to DBS clearance.

How to Apply

To apply or for more information, please email for an application form:

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