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Off the Record is a lively and friendly place to work. We’re on the frontline of mental health services in Croydon, Sutton and Merton. If you choose to work with us; you’ll be joining a team that is at the heart of providing a dynamic local service for young people. On this page you can find our latest vacancies; jobs and volunteering opportunities, counselling placements and trustee positions at OTR.

We have a committed team of around 75 paid staff (many part-time) and our work is funded through a variety of sources including Croydon, Sutton & Merton CCGs, London Boroughs of Croydon & Sutton and the Wimbledon Foundation. Some staff are based in our borough-based services but increasingly staff are being given opportunities to work in across-borough initiatives such as our new first contact team.

We recognise our staff are our greatest asset and we invest in ensuring staff are supported, trained and managed in their role. Many of our staff have been worked with us for several years including a substantial number who originally started working with us as volunteers or trainees. Staff have access to regular internal and external training opportunities and to staff benefits including a company pension and store discounts.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of infants, children, young people and vulnerable adults. Successful applicants to our roles are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Off The Record works towards Equality of Opportunity. To maintain the diversity of our team we welcome applications from all sections of the community particularly individuals from the Black and Minority Ethnic Communities.

Current vacancies

Education Mental Health Practitioner

  • EMHP or CWP Qualified
  • Full-time
  • Salary - £28,500-£29,500 inc OLW

We currently have a vacancy for one qualified Education Mental Health Practitioner within our original Mental Health Support Team. As this post is part of the established MHST programme, we are only able to offer the role to practitioners who already hold the Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) or Child Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) qualification.

You will be part of an established team delivering interventions to a cluster of primary and secondary schools to meet young people’s mild to moderate mental health needs. This will include working with parents, teachers and the whole school approach. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with Off the Record staff across the charity building your skills and interests. You will need to hold the EMHP or CWP qualification alongside having an open and flexible attitude; excellent engagement skills and a passion for working with children and young people.

 Applying for the Education Mental Health Practitioner Posts

This information pack has the Job Description and Person Specification for the Education Mental Health Practitioner role (EMHP). To be eligible for this post, you must hold the national EMHP or CWP qualification.

The application form is at the back of the pack. Please complete the application form and equal opportunities monitoring form and return it via email to recruitment@talkofftherecord.org by 9am on Monday 19th September 2022.

Decisions about who to invite for interview will be based on how well someone demonstrates they meet the person specification for the post, so please make sure you complete the application form fully and accurately, giving evidence of how you meet each point in the person specification and indicating your relevant knowledge, skills and experience. Please note that CVs will not be considered.

Email applicants will receive a confirmation of receipt and shortlisted candidates will be contacted as soon as possible after the closing date.

We hope you will be interested in these posts. If you have any further questions please email recruitment@talkofftherecord.org or visit our website for more information about our services.

Click here - Education Mental Health Practitioner Recruitment Pack (Word Format)

Click here - Education Mental Health Practitioner Recruitment Pack (PDF Format) 

Children's Wellbeing Practitioner x 2

  • Full-time, fixed contract until 22nd December 2023
  • Salary - £28,057 inc OLW
  • Start date 16th January 2023
  • Based in the London Borough of Croydon and time is split between King's College London and on-site service delivery

Croydon Drop In (CDI and Off The Record (OTR) are seeking 2 highly motivated and enthusiastic practitioners to work and train within our award-winning Voluntary Sector services. The training post will equip the post-holder to provide interventions for children, young people or families using evidence-based interventions consistent with the training. The post holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages and will be committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. The training forms part of the service transformation initiative delivered by Health Education England as part of the national Children and Young People’s Mental Health (CYP-MH) programme.


These are training positions with the post holders undertaking training at Kings College London alongside working in our frontline Mental Health Support Teams. You will be taught to deliver evidence based guided self-help interventions for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties. The post holders will use their newly developed skills to support children and young people who are referred into the MHST and trainees will receive clinical supervision to support their professional development.


Please read the Job Description and Person Specification before applying for the role and note that an application to Kings College London Post Graduate Diploma in Child and Young Persons Psychological Wellbeing Practice must be made at the same time as your application to CDI/OTR. It is important that you read the University guidance.

Information about the Training & the Job Role

These are fixed term posts with this training year funded by HEE. After successful completion of the course the fixed term training contract will end however applicants would be encouraged to apply for any vacant posts within our services and will be provided support and advice in job applications.

This full-time role will be best suited for applicants who are able to balance a busy work and study schedule. You will be an employee at either Off The Record or CDI but also enrolled on a Postgraduate Diploma course. As this is a Postgraduate level training, you will be required to study and perform at academic level. Applicants must be prepared to work towards their studies outside of protected study time (such as on weekends and after work).

Protected study time or teaching days are typically two days a week during term (with possibility of extra university days near the start) and will be a mixture of in person and online sessions. Applicants must be willing to travel into London to attend their lectures.

For an informal discussion contact:

Roz Turner-Drage

Telephone: 07903 852570 RozTurner-Drage@talkofftherecord.org or

Laura Clark

Telephone: 07378 417410

Email: lauraclark@croydondropin.org.uk

Job application forms and Job Descriptions available below and from:
recruitment@croydondropin.org.uk or recruitment@talkofftherecord.org or via our websites www.croydondropin.org.uk or https://www.talkofftherecord.org/


Closing date for applications: 9am Monday 03.10.22
Interview date: w/c 17th October 2022


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of infants, children, young people and vulnerable adults. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

CDI & OTR work towards Equality of Opportunity. To maintain the diversity of our team we welcome applications from all sections of the community particularly individuals from the Black and Minority Ethnic Communities

Click here for the Children's Wellbeing Practitioner Job Advert 2022

Click here for the Children's Wellbeing Practitioner JD 2022

Click here for the Application Form Children's Wellbeing Practitioner

KCL CWP Cohort 8 Jan 2023 - KCL Programme Brochure

KCL CWP Cohort 8 Jan 2023 - KCL Application Guidance

CBT Trainee Practitioner x 2

  • Full-time, fixed contract until 22nd December 2023
  • Salary - £30,237 inc OLW
  • Start date 16th January 2023
  • Based in the London Borough of Croydon and time is split between King's College London and on-site service delivery

Croydon Drop In and Off The Record have two exciting opportunities to join our team as a Recruit to Train Trainee, part of the Health Education England (HEE) funded RtT Programme in partnership with the Anna Freud Centre, University College London, and Kings College London. The post-holder will be training on the Children & Young People Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) Therapy Course and carrying out clinical work in our services to complement their studies and use their newly developed skills.


We are seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic mental health practitioners to work and train within our award-winning Voluntary Sector services. The training post will equip the post-holder to provide interventions for children, young people or families using evidence-based intervention consistent with the course they are attending. The post holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages and will be committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Information about the Service


The successful candidates would be employed by us and working within our Counselling and Therapeutic Services either at Croydon Drop In or Off The Record.
Information about the Training & the Job Role These are fixed term posts with this training year funded by HEE. After successful completion of the course the fixed term training contract will end however applicants would be encouraged to apply for any vacant posts within our services and will be provided support and advice in job applications.


This full-time role will be best suited for applicants who are able to balance a busy work and study schedule. You will be an employee at either Off The Record or CDI but also enrolled on a Postgraduate Diploma course. As this is a Postgraduate level training, you will be required to study and perform at academic level. Applicants must be prepared to work towards their studies outside of protected study time (such as on weekends and after work). Protected study time or teaching days are typically two days a week during term (with possibility of extra university days near the start) and will be a mixture of in person and online sessions.

Applicants must be willing to travel into London to attend their lectures.


More information about the courses and how the training works can be found here including the course brochures, and we strongly recommend you read the FAQs.
HEE are also expecting to implement a new rule regarding beneficiaries of their training year funding. We recommend you read this if you plan to apply to future trainings.

For an informal discussion contact:

Roz Turner-Drage

Telephone: 07903 852570 RozTurner-Drage@talkofftherecord.org or

Rhona Kenny

Telephone: 07592 037557

Email: rhona@croydondropin.org.uk

Job application forms and Job Descriptions available below and from:
recruitment@croydondropin.org.uk or recruitment@talkofftherecord.org or via our websites www.croydondropin.org.uk or https://www.talkofftherecord.org/


Closing date for applications: 9am Monday 03.10.22
Interview date: w/c 17th October 2022


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of infants, children, young people and vulnerable adults. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

CDI & OTR work towards Equality of Opportunity. To maintain the diversity of our team we welcome applications from all sections of the community particularly individuals from the Black and Minority Ethnic Communities

Click here for the CBT Trainee Practitioner Job Advert 2022

Click here for the CBT Trainee Practitioner JD 2022

Click here for the Application Form CBT Trainee Practitioner

KCL CWP Cohort 8 Jan 2023 - KCL Programme Brochure

KCL CWP Cohort 8 Jan 2023 - KCL Application Guidance

Counselling Placements

Off the Record are always looking for new counsellors to join our clinical team. We offer the opportunity to work with a minimum of three clients per week in a professional and supportive environment. Clients come from a variety of backgrounds and present with a range of issues. 

You will receive free, bi-weekly group supervision and regular training and assessment opportunities. Please click the link below for the application pack:

> Volunteer Counsellor

Please email completed application forms to recruitment@talkofftherecord.org

Become a Trustee

Trustees play a crucial role in the overall governance of the agency and are key to running Off the Record and delivering excellent services. 

As a trustee, you'll be responsible for ensuring that the charity is well governed and complies with government legislation, e.g., Charity Law, Company Law and Employment Law. Suitable applicants should have commitment and an interest in improving the lives of young people and a specialist area of interest. This could include human resources, marketing, fundraising and strategic development.

If you are interested in applying for this role please click the link below to download the application pack:

> Trustee

Volunteering Opportunities

There are currently no volunteering opportunities.

Call us

Support Line 0800 980 7475

Monday - Friday, 3-6pm; Saturdays, 10am-1pm

Croydon Service 020 8251 0251

Merton Service 020 3984 4004

Sutton Service 020 8680 8899

Email us

General enquiries info@talkofftherecord.org