Are you passionate about the inclusion of children with special educational needs and disabilities?
Are you a positive, self-motivated, well-organised person with a ‘can-do’ attitude?
At the London Borough of Havering we are building for a bright future. We are recruiting an Early Support Key worker in our Children and young Adults with Disabilities (CAD) Service, as we develop an integrated service providing education and social care with a consistent approach across children’s services.
In this role you will play a key role in the delivery of a highly effective support service as we work to improve outcomes for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Children we support have a wide range of needs, including extreme prematurity, complex medical and physical needs and global developmental delay.
Based within the CAD 0-5 Support Team, you will be responsible for attending home visits to introduce, develop and implement teaching techniques in all areas of the child's development based around the portage model and to share ideas with parents on how to stimulate their child's learning. Since Covid-19 we are offering support and activities through virtual platforms as well as through home visits, experience in the use of technology would be desirable.
You will have a defined caseload of children, coordinating services and keeping the child and their family at the centre of service planning. You will also be an effective member of a multi-professional service area supporting children in their transition to an Early Years Setting.
We consider the maintenance of a healthy work/life balance to be of great importance therefore caseloads will always be manageable and you will have a comprehensive support structure in all of your work.About you
The successful applicant will need a minimum level 3 early years education and childcare qualification or equivalent, with at least three years’ recent experience of working with children who have additional needs. Previous completion of an accredited Portage Workshop is desirable.
You will need to demonstrate a good understanding of child development and have experience of working with very young children with additional needs and their families.
The role would suit an experienced and high performing individual who can exhibit the qualities identified in the job description and person specification for the role.
The successful candidate will share our values and aims to deliver an excellent service which enhances the life chances of the children we work with.
Your excellent communication skills will be essential to your success in your ability to work as part of the team and develop effective working relationships.About us
At the London Borough of Havering’s Children’s Services, we pride ourselves on being an innovative organisation with a commitment to the needs of vulnerable children and young people in the borough. With a firm focus on achieving positive outcomes and reducing risk of harm at all times, we work closely with children and their families to support positive changes where necessary.Benefits
We ask that all those working in this service share our vision and commitments and in return we offer an extremely competitive salary. We also offer a range of benefits including a generous annual leave allowance, an excellent pension scheme and incredible opportunities to continue to learn, develop and progress. This includes at least 5 days training for Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
We also offer the opportunity to play a key role in an innovative service striving to make a significant difference to the lives of vulnerable people in Havering.
For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Jaswinder Rakhra on 01708 434080
The closing date for the receipt of applications is 22nd October 2021, however interest in this job may be high and we therefore reserve the right to close the vacancy early.
You will be notified if your application has been successful. Interview date 9th November 2021
Should you require any help or advice with your online application, please contact the Recruitment Helpdesk on 01708 432770.
The London Borough of Havering is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Havering Redeployees.
The London Borough of Havering is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).
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