Head of Access & Support

Full time – 35hours per week 10-6pm Tuesday-Saturday term time (Monday-Friday during Holidays) £37,000 per annum

We are looking to appoint a dynamic and innovative thinker, you will be part of a management team that leads front line support services within Oasisplay sites. Setting a vision and strategy for a seamless inclusive service that can respond and adapt to the changing needs of disabled and non disabled children and young people.

Job Description

Overall

  1. Oversee and support the delivery  of a high quality, inclusive play services across Oasisplay projects for disabled and non disabled children and young people.
  2. Ensure that all children and families have equal and appropriate access to Oasisplay services.
  3. Ensure that all families are effectively supported across the organisation.
  4. Ensure that all sites and facilities are accessible and that the needs of all potential users are considered.
  5. Promote inclusion, access and disability awareness across the organisation.

External

  1. Represent Oasis to the public, external stakeholders and interested parties as required.
  2. To promote inclusion, access and disability awareness to external organisations as necessary.

Development

  1. Keep up to date with and implement new legislation and ‘best practice’ recommendations.
  2. Identifying and developing new projects to meet emerging needs.

Facilities

  1. Support the maintenance of facilities.
  2. Be instrumental in ensuring sites are developed to allow all potential users equal access.

Staff

  1. Manage and assess the Short Breaks Project Manager.
  2. Manage and assess directly the Family Support Manager Supervised and assess directly the Site Development Manager.
  3. Support the recruitment of new staff.
  4. Together with the other senior management identify and implement the training needs of the staff teams.
  5. Advise on wider organisation training needs to support inclusion.
  6. In collaboration with the Short Breaks manager arrange for the necessary number of sessional workers to be at the OASISPLAY sites to support disabled children as required.
  7. Support the Short breaks manager and HR officer to maintain a Staff database and record of hours worked by the Playwork teams.

Users

  1. Work directly with disabled and non disabled children and young people as required to develop and maintain an excellent understanding of the users and the services.
  2. Liaise closely with users, parents and carers and others over the user’s needs, aspirations and wellbeing.
  3. Oversee the maintenance of  a database of disabled users and disseminate to other staff as appropriate.
  4. In collaboration with the Short Breaks Manager, manage referrals and assessment of potential users, liaising with social service teams as necessary.
  5. In collaboration with the Short Breaks Manager, manage how disabled children and young people access Oasisplay sites appropriate to meet their needs and aspirations.
  6. In collaboration with the Family Support Manager , ensure that families across the organisation have access to an appropriate level of support as and when needed.
  7. Promote Oasis services to new users and their families

Policies and Code of Practice

  1. Maintain and disseminate Oasis’s agreed policies and Code of Practice, and propose any changes to these to the Director.
  2. Act as designated Safeguarding lead.
  3. Ensure that Health and Safety procedures are followed at all times.

Administration and financial control

  1. Ensure that the general administration and financial control of the Inclusion and Access team is run efficiently.
  2. To support the monitoring and evaluation of all aspects of the projects in line with organisational quality initiatives and the needs of relevant external bodies Liaise with parents/carers, local authorities, social workers or other relevant bodies to ensure that individual funding arrangements are clear and effectively administered.
  3. Carefully monitor annual leave and TOIL for all  Access and Support Service  team managers.
  4. Provide the Management Committee with regular reports in the agreed form.
  5. With other senior staff, plan and manage special events both at the projects and off site. In collaboration with the Youth and Play lead, ensure that all promotion and sharing of information related to services is coordinated, cohesive and accessible. 

Fundraising

  1. Contribute towards fundraising activity when necessary and lead on initiatives that support inclusive play services at Oasis.

Person Specification:

  1. Significant experience of playwork and of working with disabled and non disabled children and families, together with a thorough understanding of children’s differing needs and abilities. ( ESSENTIAL)
  2. A recognised qualification in playwork, childcare, education a related field or willingness to work towards one. ( ESSENTIAL)
  3. A commitment to inclusive play, and to the continuing need to address social inequalities ( ESSENTIAL)
  4. The capacity to lead a team, work with the senior management team  and develop positive working relationships with all site managers. ( ESSENTIAL)
  5. Ability to manage the administration, IT, HR, health and safety of the Access and Inclusion team and undertake direct work with disabled and non disabled children and young people when required ( ESSENTIAL)
  6. Effective presentation skills, both verbal and written ( ESSENTIAL)
  7. Willingness to work unsocial hours when the need arises ( ESSENTIAL)
  8. Full driving licence (DESIRABLE).
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