The Role

Does the sound of helping children and young people with SEND reach their full potential excite you?

Would you like to work in a team that wants you to realise your creative side whilst ensuring children and young people with SEND voices are heard and acted upon?

Are you able to adapt from front line facilitation to a team’s meeting with professionals?

If the answer is yes, we would love to hear from you!

Our Early Help SEND Service is looking to recruit a Practitioner to join our amazing team in Wandsworth and play a key role in helping children and young people with SEND reach their full potential.

This is a fixed term contract until March 2022.

Our vision

Early help in Wandsworth means being proactive at providing the right support at the right time for all children and families in the borough. We believe that ‘Success starts with Early help’ and our ambition is to get it right for every child at the right time.

It’s our aspiration for every child and young person in Wandsworth to be safe from harm and abuse, be enabled to reach their full potential and develop skills for life, enjoy healthy lifestyles and be happy and active members of the community.

About the Early Help Service

Early Help support is targeted and responsive, ensuring that children and their families can access services easily and coordinated around the individual needs of the family.

To do this well we need the right people to join us on our journey that places children at the heart of our practice. We already have a highly skilled and experienced team of practitioners who support these ambitions

About our role

You will be working with children and young people aged 0-25 with SEND, who need targeted support. You will be providing a creative programme for learning and development in an environment that is led by the children and young people.

The successful candidates will be responsible for the following for:

  • Building relationships with key stakeholders to ensure children and young people voice is captured in consultations across service areas 0-25 for children and young people with SEND
  • Developing our vision for inclusive early help provision and specialist services offered in Wandsworth.
  • Leading on the development of the George Shearing specialist offer including managing the effective use of the building by in house and commissioned services (11-25)
  • Planning and delivering training which will enable and support Early Help and the local offer services be inclusive for young people with SEND
  • Delivering specific targeted programmes of activities in a variety of settings across the cluster areas or places where we know there are high levels of need for children and young people with SEND (11-25).
  • Contact details

    For an informal discussion, please contact Catherin Keevil on [email protected]


    We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home, compressed or part-time hours, term time only, job shares and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore.

    We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities. In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

    Indicative Recruitment Timeline

  • Closing Date: 11:59pm on Sunday 25th April 2021
  • Shortlisting Date: Week commencing 26th April 2021
  • Interview Date: Week commencing 3rd May 2021
  • Useful Information:  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. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

    Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible. Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

    We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our teams, including BAME backgrounds and candidates with disabilities.

    Equality Statement

    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.

    Important Information

    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).

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