Part-time PSYCHOLOGIST – Essex £40,000pa (pro rata) 7.5hrs per week over one or two days (Monday-Friday). One year fixed term contract with possibility of extension

Location: Harlow – with occasional travel across Essex and Hertfordshire areas

Closing Date: 8/05/2020 

About us

Safer Places (formerly known as Harlow Women’s Aid) is an independent charity with over 40 years’ experience in delivering support services to adult and child survivors of domestic abuse across Essex and Hertfordshire. Domestic abuse has both a devastating and radiating impact and affects the survivor and their families, friends, colleagues and communities.


We believe everyone has the right to live a life free from fear and harm.


Our Mission

Safer Places exists to drive down the incidence and impact of domestic and sexual abuse and to support those who use our services in their journey to recovery, resilience and independence. 


Our Values

These are the values we promise to uphold so we never lose sight of our mission: 


Client Led – We empower our clients to exercise choice and control of their support. We ensure client’s voices are heard and that they impact our decision making and shape our services 


Accessible – We work inclusively with our clients, partners and communities. Anyone who is at risk of experiencing abuse can access our services when, how and where they need them.  


Respectful – We adopt a trauma informed, holistic approach to support. We listen and believe, are non-judgemental and open and honest about what we can and cannot do. 


Effective – We deliver high quality services that work for our clients. Our practice is informed by our clients, research, evidence and learning from experts by experience.  


About the role

We are now looking for a HCPC registered Psychologist, Clinical or Counselling, who is committed to our mission and values to join our team. If you have the skills that will enable us to continue to enhance our practice and improve outcomes for survivors and their children we want to hear from you.  You will be joining a team of committed and inspiring individuals whose dedication has saved the lives of thousands of women, men and children across Essex and Hertfordshire.


You will use your knowledge and skills in psychological theory and practice to provide highly specialist support and guidance to non-clinical practitioners working with survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and stalking.  This new post involves working across the organisation utilising research skills for training, policy and service development. The role holder will play a pivotal role in supporting and guiding us on our journey to becoming trauma-informed and providing expertise around evidence-based practice in the field.


The role holder will conduct regular group and some individual supervision and be involved with staff training. The role also involves direct client work, promoting psychological wellbeing and offering advice, assessments and brief psychological interventions with the role holder supporting trauma-informed psychological thinking within the professional networks around clients to ensure better responses and support. 


  • Your paid holiday will be based on an annual entitlement of 30 days
  • Your hours of work will be based on a normal working week of 7.5 hours per week. You will work between 9:00 and 17:00 over one or two days a week (Monday to Friday)
  • Office base: Harlow
  • This post is for 1 year fixed term in the first instance, with a good possibility that it will be longer.


About You

You will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of survivors as well as demonstrating the following points:

  • Be fully qualified as a Clinical / Counselling Psychologist with current registration (HCPC)
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision.
  • Training in supervision would be an advantage for this post but is not essential.
  • Able to provide training and learning opportunities to staff on trauma and mental health
  • Experience working therapeutically with survivors of abuse, trauma and multiple disadvantage
  • Sound risk assessment and management practices
  • Experience of service and practice development
  • Excellent organisational and IT skills
  • Strong personal skills


Safer Places values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination, we encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

Safer Places is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) disclosure will be required for this role.


This is a brilliant opportunity to play a leading role in supporting, protecting and advocating for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and stalking.

For more details of the responsibilities and requirements of the role, please download the Job Description.

Upon receiving an offer:

  • All staff must complete a DBS disclosure due to the nature of our services. You will also be required to bring proof of ID.
  • We are legally bound to check the eligibility of all candidates to work in the U.K. We therefore must have proof of your NI number (either the NI card or a recent wage slip).
  • As you will be driving in the course of your duties we are also bound by law to make sure your vehicle is safe and road worthy. We must see your driving licence, Insurance and MOT before you start work. Also needs to be insured for Business use.
  • We will two satisfactory references, one of which should be from your most recent/current employer. Please let us know if we can request the references in advance.

To apply please complete the application form and return it to [email protected] 

NB Please quote job title and location on application form. Kindly follow the application guideline notes when completing the application form.

Supporting Documents 

Application Form

Guidance Notes

Safeguarding Statement

Job Description 

Please send any enquires to [email protected]


Please note due to current Covid 19 pandemic interviews are likely to take place via video calling.