Job Description

Post Details

Partner/Department:

Children & Younger Adults

Grade:

Scale 5/6

Division/Section:

Children & Family Services - Educational Psychology Service

Job Ref: DCC/09/3731
Job Title:

Portage Home Visitor

Purpose of the Post

To support the LA in providing effective and efficient support for pre school children with significant special educational needs, by providing a home teaching service, based on the model recommended by the National Portage Association To ensure that the educational needs of pre school children with significant learning difficulties and disabilities are met so that each child can achieve their full potential in an inclusive setting.To work collaboratively with “the team around the child” – that is, the parents / carers, and other professionals and practitioners.To fulfil the statutory duties of the LEA.

Accountable To

Head of the Support Service for Pre-School Children with SEN

Supervisory Responsibilities

None

Duties and Responsibilities - Specific

To foster close working relationships with parents.
To make home visits to children on the caseload and undertake assessments of children.
To work within the Portage model as set down by the National Portage Association
To contribute to the development of whole service policies.
To communicate, co-operate and work collaboratively with agencies from within and outside the local authority (eg Social Care, Educational Psychology, Early Years Development Officers, Speech and Language Therapy) to meet the needs of children.
To monitor each child’s progress, to contribute to the writing of progress reports and to the identification of new objectives to be taught.
To maintain records of intervention with children on the caseload, following the relevant Service protocol
To contribute to the development of Portage training materials and to the provision of Portage training.
To liaise with other home teaching/Portage services to share practice and maximise learning.
To work closely with Early Years education settings which may include both maintained and non-maintained settings, concerning children on the caseload.
To provide reports as required following the relevant Service protocol, including the provision of Educational Advice for children undergoing Statutory Assessment.
To undertake and provide training as required and appropriate for the purpose of developing skills and knowledge and maintaining an up-to-date awareness of trends in Early Years issues.
To be aware of and comply with relevant sections of the Children Act 1989.
To be aware of and comply with Code of Practice relating to the Identification and Assessment of special Educational Needs.
To carry out any other reasonable duties within the overall function commensurate with the grading and level of responsibilities of the post.
METHODS OF WORKING To adopt a participative and collaborative style of management encouraging team working.
To take an active part in appraising their own work against agreed priorities and targets in accordance with the department’s management supervision guidelines.
To maintain confidentiality and observe data protection guidelines.
To undertake any necessary training associated with the duties of the post.
To understand and comply with the Authority’s equal opportunities and environmental policies.
To comply with all health and safety policy legislation in the performance of their duties and responsibilities.
To work with information technology and associated systems and, where appropriate, new technology arrangements and consultative procedures will be applied in accordance with County Council policy.

Duties and Responsibilities - General

To adhere to existing working practices, methods, procedures, undertake relevant training and development activities and to respond positively to new and alternative systems.
It will be necessary to work with information technology and associated systems in accordance with County Council policies.
To co-operate with the council in complying with relevant health and safety legislation, policies and procedures in the performance of the duties of the post.
To carry out the duties and responsibilities of the post in compliance with the County Council's equal opportunities policies.
To maintain confidentiality and observe data protection and associated guidelines where appropriate.
To understand and comply with the County Council's environmental policies.
To carry out any other reasonable duties and responsibilities within the overall function, commensurate with the grading and level of responsibilities of the post.

Date Produced/Last Amendment

18/09/2009

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