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Qualified Habilitation Specialist

Vacancy Details

Salary: £27,472 to £34,105 per annum
Location: South East
Region: South East
Job Type: Specialist Professional
Category: Permanent- Full Time
Closing Date: 01/10/2021
Date Posted: 12/07/2020
Reference: 0000037561


Qualified Habilitation Specialist
Covering the South East, with London office base

Starting Salary: £27,472 to £30,000 per annum depending on experience + £4,105 London weighting, + benefits (pro rata if part time)
Current Salary Progression: Up to £38,123 per annum + £4,105 London weighting depending on development within the role (pro rata if part time)
Interviews: week commencing 5th October 2020

Full time, but open to part time discussions

This is a fantastic opportunity to join The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association as a Qualified Habilitation Specialist, working with Children & Young People covering the South East.

The role
Working as part of the Community Team, you will work with children, young people and their families, parents and carers across the South East. 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, pro rata if part time. As a charity, we’re always keen to support flexible working as best we can. 

We believe that wellbeing 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:

Defined Contribution Personal Pension Plan
A choice of Flexible Benefits equivalent to 3% of salary to purchase benefits though an on-line portal including Gym Membership, Travel Insurance, Healthcare and Hospital Treatment Plan, Dental Insurance, Additional Life Assurance, Health Screening, buying and selling annual leave (up to 3 days), Cashback to salary (up to 2% of salary equivalent)
Discounts and Cashback Scheme
Employee Assistance Programme
Occupational Sick pay
Occupational Maternity, Paternity and Adoption pay enhanced above the statutory minimum.
Life Assurance
Childcare Vouchers
Eye Care Vouchers

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.


Salary: £31,577 to £34,105 per annum
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