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Havering Social Work Vacancies

Vacancy Details

Principal Educational Psychologist

London Borough of Havering
To be confirmed
Working Pattern:
Full Time
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
03/08/2021 at 15:40
London Borough of Havering

Soulbury  B10-13 £60,880 – 64,577pa plus outer London Allowance £2,157 ( plus up to 3 SPAs – previously awarded SPAs will be honoured)

The role of Principal Educational Psychologist sits within the Children and Adults with Disabilities Service (CAD) reporting to the Head of Service. The successful applicant will join the senior management team of CAD who have responsibility for assessment and placement, early years and school education support, social care and preparation for adulthood. The purpose of the CAD service is to work collaboratively to seek positive outcomes for children and young people with additional needs, their families and settings in Havering.

Staff within the service include Educational Psychologists, Advisory Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Communication and Interaction Advisors, Area SENDCOs, Habilitation Officer, Case Officers, Early Support Key Workers, Social Workers and Family support workers.

The Principal Educational Psychologist role is to line manage and lead the Educational Psychologists, delivering and developing high quality Educational Psychology interventions. We are proud of our offer, fulfilling both statutory duties and also a progressive training and support offer for our educational settings. 

We are seeking applications for the role of Principal Educational Psychologist from experienced psychologists looking to join and lead a dynamic, inter-disciplinary and child-centred service. We are committed to applying psychology to make a difference for children and young people in Havering. 

The Principal Educational Psychologist role would be an opportunity for professional development in a supportive service taking on the leadership and management responsibilities for the EP team, in addition to facilitating collaboration with agencies and teams more widely, both internal and external to the CAD service.
Overseeing the timeliness and quality of the Educational Psychology input to the Education, Health,Care assessment and planning process will be a key component of the role, as well as leading the expanding EP offer to schools and settings. Currently this includes consultations, training and an enhanced SEMH offer following successful application of grants from the Mental Health Transformation Fund and Wellbeing for Education Return Fund. These have enabled extended training, supervision (ELSA, Emotion Coaching, Thrive Approach Online), access to a new range of SEMH assessments and resources, parent drop-ins and exciting opportunities working alongside Public Health and CAMHS. 

We will offer:
•    Excellent induction package
•    Regular supervision (individual and group)
•    Opportunities for CPD including SCERTS, 5P Approach, PECS, ELSA, THRIVE, Emotion Coaching,  management training
•    Opportunities to work in Mainstream, Special Schools, Additionally Resourced (ARPs), Alternative Provisions and Residential Schools 
•    Successful collaboration with EPs, agencies, schools and early years settings 
•    Friendly, supportive working environment
•    Home/flexible working arrangements
•    IT support including the provision of a laptop and smart phone

We welcome applications from experienced Educational Psychologists with HCPC registration.  Full and part time applicants are welcome but please note part time should be at least 21 hours.  
An enhanced DBS check is required for this post.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Caroline Penfold, head of service on  01708 431743 |  07773588482 or email caroline.penfold@havering.gov.uk 

The closing date for the receipt of applications is August 2nd 2022, however interest in this job may be high and we therefore reserve the right to close the vacancy early.

You will be notified if your application has been successful.  Interview date to be confirmed.
Should you require any help or advice with your online application, please contact the Recruitment Helpdesk on 01708 432770.

Additional Information 

The London Borough of Havering is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.

Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Havering Redeployees.

The London Borough of Havering is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

In addition, the Authority reserves the right  to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes  anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).

Please attach your supporting statement, explaining in no more than x2 A4 sides why and how you meet the criteria for this role.

Please view Principal Educational Psychologist Job Profile here

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