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General Information

These guidance notes are provided to assist you in completing this application form. You also need to have the requirements of the role and the criteria, along with any other available information regarding the post you think you may require. Please read the information very carefully and ask yourself:

Do my skills, qualifications and experience match those which the position requires?

Additional Information for Applicants with Disabilities

The Equality Act makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against people with disabilities when you are applying for a job, or are in employment.

Personal Details

This part of the form asks for sufficient personal details to allow us to contact you by letter or phone if we require you to attend an interview. It is likely that we will contact short listed candidates by phone wherever possible.


We request the name of two referees. Your first referee should normally be a previous employer/ tutor /supervisor relating to your counselling work/study. If this is not possible you con provide any employment, academic or personal (but not a relative) referee. You may be asked at interview why you have not named a counselling contact as a referee.

Referees are normally contacted after interviews have taken place.

Please make sure your referees know you have named them and are willing to provide a reference for you.

Any offer of a post will be subject to satisfactory references, enhanced disclosure/PVG Scheme check.

Details of Education, Technical and Professional Qualifications

Please tell us about any qualifications that or relevant to the role you are applying for. Tell us when and where you undertook qualifications. Please also give a brief description of what topics/areas your qualification covered. If the job description indicates that a specific qualification is required we will need to see the certificate of qualification or training before any job offer can be confirmed. If invited to interview please bring all relevant certificates with you.

Details of Previous Employment

Please list your previous employers/ volunteer placements, starting with the most recent, stating your job title and giving a brief summary of your duties. Try to tell us about your duties and responsibilities, rather than information about a team or section you worked in. Make sure you also include details of any unpaid or voluntary work you have undertaken, especially if they are relevant to the post you are applying for.

Meeting the Person Specification

This is your opportunity to tell us how you think your skills, experiences and values will help you to carry out this role and fit in to a feminist organisation. Once again, it may be helpful to refer to the literature in your application pack at this point.

The person specification is critical and you will be measured against it. You might want to include information about previous posts (paid and unpaid) you have held, positions of special responsibility you have undertaken in your previous work or in your leisure interests, or information about how your life experiences make you the most suitable applicant.


You must date and sign the declaration (page 2 of the application form) before returning your application. You are reminded that all the information you have given must be true and correct to the best of your knowledge.

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Please read the information sheet on equal opportunities monitoring and complete the monitoring from. This form should be completed and returned, with your application, in a separate, sealed envelope marked “Equal opportunities”.

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Criminal Convictions Declaration Form

Please read the information sheet on criminal convictions declaration and complete the declaration form. The form should be returned, along with your application form, in a separate envelope (sealed) marked “Criminal Convictions Declaration”.

Criminal Convictions Declaration Form