An exciting opportunity to work part time (14.4 hours per week) has arisen to work in Early Support at Wandsworth.
Early Support is a national approach to working with families, underpinned by ten principles that aim to improve service delivery for disabled children, young people and their families. It enables services to coordinate better and it provides a single point of contact and continuity through key working.
Families who live in Wandsworth and have children aged 0-5 years with complex medical and/or special educational needs can be supported by a key worker who is part of the Early Support team based at the Early Years Service working closely with practitioners from Health and Children’s Specialist Services.
Key working functions include:
- Being a single point of regular and consistent contact
- Providing emotional and practical support as part of a trusting relationship
- Identifying strengths and needs of all the family members and raising their aspirations
- Empowering and supporting parent carers to represent their own views and wishes as needed
- Coordinating services and practitioners around the child and their family
- Facilitating multi agency meetings
- Providing a range of information and signposting to relevant services
A relevant qualification in Early Years of Level Three or above, or in Health or Social Care is required and evidence of continuing professional development in relation to complex needs, special education and early years.
A planned induction will be offered. You will receive regular support through team meetings, one to one supervisions and training.
It is essential to demonstrate sensitivity and awareness of cultural diversity, disability, sexual orientation and religion differences when working with families.
Please feel free to contact Monika Hammel Lobo – Early Support Lead: 020 8871 5690 should you require any further information or wish to discuss the role.
In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance. These include compressed hours, home working (dependent on service need), part-time working, annualised hours, term time only. and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays.
In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops, and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities are also offered.
Richmond and Wandsworth are currently reviewing our pay, reward and benefits framework, in partnership with Trade Union colleagues. We are developing different options that make sure we have a fair and transparent system in place.
Indicative Recruitment Timeline
Shortlisting Date: Wednesday 24th April 2019
Interview Date: Friday 3rd May 2019 TBC
Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change.
The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
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.
This post is 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). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).