St Albans, Hertfordshire
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
£27,472 - £29,091 per year
Contract, Part-time, Full-time
Job description

Qualified Habilitation Specialist

South East, covering Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and London

£27,472 to £29,091 per annum depending on experience + benefits

12-month fixed term contract

Full Time


This is a fantastic opportunity to join The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association as a Qualified Habilitation Specialist, working with Children & Young People in the Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, and London regions.

The role

Working as part of the Community Team, you will work with children, young people and their families, parents and carers across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and London. You will be delivering specialist habilitation training around mobility and life skills to bring independence and confidence to blind and partially sighted children and young people. 

Reporting to the Service Delivery Manager or Senior Practitioner (CYP) Children & Young People, you will work shoulder-to-shoulder with other professionals including speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists and other organisations including local authorities.

Who we’re looking for

You will be a Qualified Habilitation Specialist with recent and relevant Children and Young People experience. In order to be successful in this role you will need the following skills and experience:

  • Ability to liaise effectively with other professionals/agencies
  • Can evidence the ability to work safely with children and young people.
  • Ability to work directly with children and young people and their parents/guardians to carry out effective habilitation programmes, including low vision training
  • Knowledge of range of resources available to Children & Young People with visual impairment

For the complete list of essential and desirable criteria necessary to being successful in this role please see the Person Specification within the Job Description below.


This role is 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week, with 26 days paid holiday (excluding bank holidays) a year, however we would consider part-time hours, between 35 to 21 hours per week, as well. As a charity, we’re always keen to support flexible working as best we can. 

We offer a generous pension scheme, life assurance and enhanced pay for parenting and sickness leave. In addition, we provide an Employee Assistance Programme, flexible benefits package and discounts and cashback scheme to care for our people.

How to apply

Applications can be made using the online application form. You will need to evidence the criteria as set out in the attached job description. As part of our safer recruitment policy, we do not accept CVs for job applications.



Guide Dogs welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity to maximise achievements, creativity and good practice. We positively welcome, and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. We encourage applications from disabled people as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an invite to interview for all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job.


Guide Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk of harm with whom we work. We expect all our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.


We reserve the right to close adverts early. 

If you are successful you will need to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. We cannot provide sponsorship for this role.

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Refreshed on: 09 August 2020
Closed date: 15 August 2020
Job ref: 0000037543
Tags: Social Care/Development, Practitioner

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