NFT Student Life Counsellor and Safeguarding Associate Jobs in South Africa

NFT Student Life Counsellor and Safeguarding Associate Jobs in South Africa

The associate will support the mental, physical and emotional well-being of all students. They will provide a high-quality counselling service to students experiencing a wide range of social, emotional and health issues. They will be a key to the school’s commitment to ensure all students reach their academic potential, develop the values and behaviours the school espouses and are best prepared for a fulfilled and successful adult life. They will be the go-to person for all child safeguarding issues for other members of staff, parents and students.

They lead the follow-up and reporting of all child safeguarding matters in school, supporting the School Leadership in investigating and dealing with reported issues. They ensure the school community is aware of the Safeguarding policy and apply it.

The associate will work closely with the Head of School and the Central team.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Counselling children on personal concerns concerning their classmates, school experiences and home life to keep them comfortable and focused

  • Promoting emotional and mental wellbeing through various educational materials, guest speaker engagements and other activities on subjects such as bullying, peer pressure and maturing.

  • Collaborating with teachers, administrative personnel and parents to resolve behavioural or situational concerns to help students succeed
    Assisting in the mediation and resolution of conflicts to ensure that personal altercations don't hinder the student's academic goals and development

  • Coming up with counselling programmes such as alcohol and drug prevention programmes and peer mentoring programmes

  • Promote child safeguarding among students, staff, parents:

  • Be the reference on the Child Safeguarding Policy in the school.

  • Organise and run child safeguarding training sessions for students, parents and staff.

  • Display and spread information about child safeguarding in the school

  • Manage all child safeguarding issues:

  • Actively participate in all child safeguarding meetings and workshops.

  • Be the point of contact for emergency services: police, hospital, ambulance

  • Make referrals
    as necessary to external agencies, including child and adult social services, to protect and support the student appropriately.

  • Listen to the incidents and put into practice the different steps Education process.

  • Get to know students and families to be able to understand family contexts.

  • React appropriately when an incident is disclosed to you.

  • Report all incidents according to the organization process:

  • Report all types of incidents rigorously via the online form.

  • Provide, collate, maintain and monitor regular, accurate and timely data on incidents and outcomes for child safeguarding.

  • Contribute to the design of systems;

  • Commit to advancing and improving Child Safeguarding in group.

  • Liaise closely with the Child Safeguarding Manager within the central team.

  • Any other duties as may be determined necessary


  • Post-graduate qualification in Counselling or Psychotherapy

  • Have experience in the education sector

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Able to work with others

  • Accessible enough for people to come and talk about their child safeguarding concerns

  • Able to actively listen to others without judgement or prejudice

  • Able to encourage others to come and talk

  • Able to stay calm and focused

  • Demonstrate patience and focus rather than letting emotions cloud judgement

  • Able to work under pressure

  • Know how to show sensitivity and understanding

  • Able to maintain anonymity and confidentiality of information when necessary

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; NFT Student Life Counsellor and Safeguarding Associate Jobs in South Africa

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