WC1H, London
Woodford Green, Greater London
£21,568 - £27,472 per year
Permanent, Part-time, Full-time
Job description

Our movement matters service provides training to help blind children and young people to move around safely and independently.

Movement matters also teaches important life skills such as handling money and preparing food. For children with complex and additional needs, movement matters can provide a tailored programme including body awareness, wheelchair mobility, use of remaining vision and more.

These vital services are delivered by our qualified habilitation specialists, who work shoulder-to-shoulder with other professionals for example: speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists and other organisations including local authorities.
Along with the above, Habilitation Specialists also provide specialist advice and guidance to parents and families. 

More information about Guide Dogs Children and Young People Services can be found on the Guide Dogs website.

Key information

Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Redbridge and London
Hours: 35 hours per week
Working pattern: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
Interview dates: To be confirmed
Salary: £21,568 to £27,472 per annum (plus £4,105 London weighting allowance pro rata per annum - not applicable to Redbridge)

We cannot provide sponsorship for the role.

As this role requires an Enhanced Disclosure check the start date for the successful candidate will only be confirmed upon receipt of the check. 

If successful, you will be required to apply for, and be accepted by, a programme of training to develop specialist expertise in the field of mobility and independence (habilitation) with children who are blind or partially sighted.  The programme is the Graduate Diploma: Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight - Children and Young People and you will be required to apply to the course at UCL and attend taught blocks in London from September 2019.

More information on the course can be found on the UCL website.

Note – Guide Dogs will pay the tuition fees as part of the position of Trainee Habilitation Specialist.

Once qualified the main purpose of this role will be to provide mobility and independence assessments and, as appropriate, to design and implement relevant work programmes for children and young people who are blind or partially sighted form birth to 19 and on to 25 years of age.

In your application, you will need to evidence, using specific examples, how your skills and experience meet the criteria laid out in the person specification, within the Job Description below. 

Requirements include;

•    Current, (within the last 3 years) relevant, significant and verifiable experience of working with C&YP and their families in a teaching, teaching support or training role
•    First degree or minimum qualification equivalent to QCF Level 4 plus extensive relevant work experience specifically related to Children and Young People within the age range 0-25 years 
•    That you have worked as part of a team delivering services to children and young people.

For further information on the role requirements and the training course please refer to the recruitment pack attached.

A requirement of this role is for a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure check the start date for the successful candidate will only be confirmed upon receipt of the check.

How to apply: Applications can be made using the online application form. As part of our safer recruitment policy, we do not accept CVs for job applications.

Working at Guide Dogs

Working at Guide Dogs is much more than just a job. Through the values that guide our work, we make a real difference, and change lives. 

We believe that well-being at work is about creating an environment to promote a state of contentment which allows all employees to flourish and achieve their full potential for the benefit of themselves and for Guide Dogs.

As a member of staff, we offer you a wide range of benefits to suit your individual needs. These include; 26 days’ holiday plus bank holidays (rising to 28 days after 3 years' service), flexible benefits package and a defined contribution group personal pension plan. 


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.

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Refreshed on: 22 June 2019
Closed date: 30 June 2019
Job ref: https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/about-us/careers/
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