The role of the Portage Home Visitor
Portage Home Visitors:
- Use professional skills, knowledge and experience of child development to assess, set targets and promote the development of pre-school children with special educational needs, through partnership with parents/carers and early years practitioners.
- Use knowledge of behaviour management strategies to promote skills to parents and a range of early years settings to prevent exclusion or pre-school children who have been identified as requiring Portage Plus.
- Provide an outreach service to early years settings to support children identified as requiring a graduated response to identifying and meeting their special educational needs.
- Initiate and/or contribute to transitional planning meetings, to ensure a smooth transition of children into school - including responsibility for initiating the Inclusion Partnership Agreement (IPA).
- Problem solve with parents/carers to develop and undertake activities matched to the special educational needs of the child.
- Empower and facilitate learning to enable parents/carers to promote their child’s development.
- Refer to other services as appropriate, including to help prevent the risk of family breakdown.
- Produce informative, detailed and accurate reports, at least six monthly long term goals to be shared with a wide range of professionals working with the Portage child, including early years settings.
- Act as Lead Professional / Key Worker as required.
- Provide support groups as identified by local needs.
- Use knowledge and experience of child protection and implement appropriate procedures as required. Attend Child Protection Reviews / Case Conferences and/or produce supporting reports.