01763 242236 ext. 218 rlambie.nessie@kjar.org.uk

Work with us

Do you want to be part of a dynamic therapeutic team working in Education?

 We are looking for Arts Therapists with relevant professional experience to join our growing team supporting families, children and young people and staff in Educational settings across Hertfordshire.  

Freelance Work

Job title: Dramatherapist / Art Therapist / Music Therapist / Play Therapist

Location: Hertfordshire 

Employment type: Freelance / sessional

Supervision: Provided

Salary: Starting from £32.50 per session

 NESSie aims to coordinate and quality assure access to emotional and mental health support in educational settings throughout Hertfordshire. We are looking for motivated, qualified, registered Arts Therapists to offer therapeutic support to children and young people across a range of settings.

NESSie’s bank of freelance therapists are at the heart of NESSie’s mission, which was developed in response to identified needs through working in collaboration with outside agencies in line with the Hertfordshire and national mental health strategy. 

 By joining NESSie you will be the first to hear of job opportunities, CPD days and be a part of a fast growing and dynamic team.

 Experience working with looked after children, trauma and SEN is desirable but not essential.

 For further information please contact Operations Manager, Sarah Blackford: sblackford.nessie@kjar.org.uk

Arts Therapist and Area Coordinator: For children who are not able to access full-time education


Please contact Sarah Blackford: sblackford.nessie@kjar.org.uk for application form


1 year fixed term: February 2020 – 31st January 2021 in the first instance.

Term time only (plus 2 weeks)

0.4 FTE (2 days a week) – Job Share

Pay Scale: H9 pro rata (£31,371 – £33,799 FTE)

Location: Welwyn and Hatfield

Supervision: included

Closing date: 5pm on Friday 7th February

This job has arisen due to a commissioning from DSPL5 for targeted and coordinated therapeutic provision in educational settings in Welwyn and Hatfield for children on part-time timetables. This job is for a 1 year fixed term contract from February 2020 to January 2021 to be reviewed in September 2020. The provision requires a 0.4 FTE comprising of H9 qualified Arts Therapists to work closely together and in partnership with DSPL5 and other local funded services. This role is part of a DSPL5 strategic plan to increase support for high-end need.

 Reporting to: Rachel Lambie CEO

 Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The provision of 1-1 and group Arts Therapy
  • To offer termly staff and parent forums and attendance at SENCO and FSW forums when
  • Work closely with behaviour services, DSPL mgt, ASD/ SEND and local angencies and maintain positive working relationships with all individuals around the child providing support in         line                           with                  IThrive    model https://www.healthyyoungmindsinherts.org.uk/professionals/what-ithrive
  • To work closely with the Operations Manager and Director to plan a systemic, transparent and fair support across the area with consultation from statutory

To work closely as part of a small team to gather feedback both qualitative and quantitative that informs the development work.

DS Achieve Creative Therapy Group

We are looking for a music therapist and dramatherapist to co-facilitate a creative therapy group for children with Down Syndrome between the ages of 11 & 16 (Yrs 7 to 11). The idea of the group is to help the children develop positive social skills, create peer to peer supportive relationships and to explore issues around boundaries and relationships (and whatever other connect topics come up). We want the children to have fun but to also develop some tangible skills that will help with in other areas of their lives to help them integrate and reduce isolation. 

Number of weeks: 10 (in the summer term)

Times: after school (allow time for travel)
Ideal days: Tuesday / Wednesday
Venue: Hatfield / St Albans
Age range: 11 to 16

Number of children: Up to 10

Our focus is on skills for the children but a representative from DS Achieve, a Hertfordshire-based organisation which works with children and young people with Down Syndrome and their families, will attend each week to facilitate parent to parent support. We won’t be running formal interventions for the parents but just provide a space to talk while the children are in the group.