Habilitation Specialist

Job Introduction

Habilitation Specialist
£36,426 – £44,139 per annum
Term Time Only 
Wandsworth, London
Ofsted Rating: ‘Good’

Are you an experienced Habilitation Specialist or a qualified Rehabilitation Worker willing to undertake training? Wandsworth Sensory Support Service (WSSS) supports children and young people with sensory impairment based in Wandsworth. As a Habilitation Specialist, you will be part of a team of 30 staff offering direct support to 700 children and young people with sensory impairment who provide extensive school and home visiting services, emotional support and parent guidance, after school clubs, holiday play schemes, and parent education programmes. Can you apply your developed specialist skills and support those children and young people we support who are visually impaired?

About the role

Caseload Management: You will deliver a comprehensive Habilitation programme for the pupils on your caseload (maximum 40), using your specialist knowledge and experience to maximise their potential for independence and develop their essential life skills; both inside and outside of school.

Regulatory Compliance: You need to demonstrate a thorough understanding of national standards, ensuring strict adherence to maintain a safe and nurturing environment.

Collaboration: You will be working as part of a small, yet highly experienced team committed to providing high quality support to the children and young people across the borough.

Flexibility: The support you provide includes visiting children and young people in their school or home environment as well as routes in between school, home or other areas.

Professional Development: You are passionate about transforming young peoples’ lives, promoting independence and have a desire to develop your career within Special Educational Needs. 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • You have proven experience as Habilitation Specialist OR
  • You are a qualified Rehabilitation Worker (who holds the Foundation Degree in Rehabilitation Work, Vision Impairment) and are willing to undertake the necessary additional recognised qualifications 
  • Good understanding of the required quality standards for Habilitation.
  • Attention to detail, good interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with children, young people their families and professionals.
  • Experience working with children with vision impairment (highly desirable). 

If you are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable children and young people, possess the required qualifications or working towards the relevant qualifications, and thrive in a challenging yet highly rewarding environment, we invite you to apply for this opportunity. Join the largest and most diverse team of professionals working in the field of sensory impairment in the South East!

Contact details

If you would like more information, please contact the Head of Wandsworth Sensory Support Service at WSSS@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

Please note, this is a rolling advert without a closing date. The advert will be open until the vacancy is filled and interviews are scheduled regularly.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. 

We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer, if you require any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment and selection process, please let us know. 

We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Some posts may be exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).  

We offer a wide range of benefits designed to attract, develop, and reward our employees such as 40 days annual leave (including Bank Holidays), flexible working and a generous pension plan.  

£36,426 – £44,139 per annum (pro rata, term time)

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