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Job Title Portage Worker
Job reference SEQN88
Department Children & Young People Services Department
Grade 12-17
Pay From: £26,421 per annum To: £28,770 per annum
Hours 37 hours per week
Closing date 20 December 2023
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Job Description
We Are St Helens Borough Council

Located in the heart of the Northwest close to Liverpool, Manchester and Lancashire, St Helens is a transformational Council which is passionate and ambitious for the communities we support. We provide a wide range of local authority services to the residents, businesses, schools, and visitors to the borough. We can only do this because of our highly valued, highly skilled workforce.

Working together, our workplace vision and values guide our organisation, and the contribution of our workforce is key to our culture journey. Employees with us receive a wide range of benefits including well-being in work, financial benefits, ways of working and learning and development support.

Making A Difference as A Portage Worker

We are looking to recruit a Portage Worker, within the Early Years strand of the Children's Disability Service.

The postholder will provide a specialist, individually tailored package of assessment, monitoring and intervention for pre-school children with additional needs. In addition to providing a home visiting service to a caseload of families, the successful applicant will work as Lead Professional for a number of children on their caseload, liasing closely with parents/carers and other involved professionals. Inclusive, setting-based support for transition may also be provided for a small number of children on the caseload, within their local early years settings.

This post requires a sound knowledge of child development, excellent communication, listening and interpersonal skills and the ability to work as a member of a team.

This Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This post is subject to Enhanced DBS Disclosure

Interested to Find Out More?
You can review our full job description details, and person specification information here.
For an informal discussion about the post please contact Jane Gavaghan-Hurd – Senior Portage Worker on 01744 673131.

Please note we reserve the right to close the advert early should we receive a sufficient number of applications and encourage you to apply early, to avoid disappointment.
Thank you for your interest in working for us.
If you are experiencing issues with applying online, you can contact a member of the team at and a form will be sent to you to complete.

Equality & Diversity
St Helens Council respects and values the individuality that every employee brings. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, who share our values, our commitment to inclusion, and who will help us on our journey to transform our organisation. Further information about Equality & Diversity at St Helens Council can be found here
St Helens Council is a Disability Confident Employer. Disability Confident Employers lead the way in helping to take action that changes attitudes, behaviours, and cultures for the better.

NOLAN Principles of Conduct in Public Life.
All Council employees are required to abide by the ethical standards embodied by the 7 Nolan Principles: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty, and Leadership.
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Job Application Packs
Person Specification.pdf
Applicant Letter.pdf
Application Form Disclosure Aug22.pdf
Job Description.pdf
Note: CVs should not be submitted as a replacement for the online job application form.