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Closing date 14/07/2019
Vacancy type Harrow Council
Contract type Permanent
Salary £27,732 - £29,814 (pro-rata)
Harrow Council is the 12th largest London Borough by area and one of the most culturally diverse local authorities in the UK, making it a great place to live, work and visit. Located 10 miles from the city centre and just 13 minutes to Euston from Harrow & Wealdstone station there are great transport links via the Metropolitan Line, Watford DC Line and national rail service. It is easily accessible to the M1, M25 and A406
Harrow Council’s Special Educational Needs Services are currently recruiting for a Habilitation Officer to join their team. The post holder will report to the Children’s Sensory Team Manager and will work with children and young people with vision impairment (often with additional/difficulties) aged between 0-25 years, in schools and other settings to promote their independence through working with them in partnership with parents, carers, teaching assistants, school staff, staff in the Children’s Sensory Team as well as other professionals.
The successful post holder will be based at Alexandra Health and Social Care Centre alongside other teams, who support children and young people with SEN. They will be required to work in indoor and outdoor environments in any school in Harrow, some homes and other settings in Harrow and monitor some Habilitation provision in out-borough schools as directed by the Team Manager/Professional lead.
To be successful in this role you would need to have the below skills & experience:
*A nationally recognised qualification in Habilitation training for children and young people with visual impairment AND Math & English GCSE Grade C
*Understanding of how to work effectively with children and young people and their parents/guardians to carry out effective Habilitation programmes.
*Understanding and knowledge of strategies that would successfully support a child or young person to progress safely with their independence
*Knowledge of working directly with children and young people and their parents/guardians to carry out effective Habilitation programmes, including low vision training.
*Successful experience of teaching mobility and independence skills to children and young people with a vision impairment in home, school and community settings.
*Ideally, at least two years successful experience working in schools and the role of Habilitation worker OR if newly qualified, you must be prepared to undertake MISE registration.
For additional information please refer to the Role Profile/ Selection Criteria
We particularly welcome female applicants, individuals under 25 years of age, those from the BAME community and disabled applicants, as they are under-represented within Harrow Council at this level. Appointment will always, however be made on merit.