Summer Intern – Children with Disabilities Project

Southampton, Hampshire
£8.45 per hour
06 Apr 2018
30 Apr 2018
Full Time

A range of projects and activities are available for children with disabilities and additional needs to access. These services provide the children with activities and social interaction while also providing families with short breaks from caring. While there is a lot of interest in activities, they do not always attract enough participation, despite the activity being identified as an area of interest by families.

The intern would investigate the barriers to access and how to remove them (e.g. some parents only trust certain organisations and would not feel safe leaving their child with others). This work could include researching parents’ responses to what has been offered and what has prevented them from accessing activities on offer in the past.

The aim is to have a comprehensive understanding of the enablers and barriers for children with disabilities and additional needs for accessing activities and some short break services.

This will help parents and their children overcome barriers and access a wider range of service. Additionally, this work will help the ICU to be able target limited resources to the most appropriate settings.

Improving our understanding and coproducing solutions to barriers will support three priorities:

  • Children and young people get a good start in life
  • People live safe, healthy, independent lives
  • Southampton is an attractive modern city where people are proud to live and work

Addressing barriers to services will help children and young people get a good start in life, enabling them to access services, which will in turn enable them to live safe healthy independent lives.


  • Engagement with a range of stakeholders including parents, children with disabilities, support groups and activity providers
  • Review the Council’s approaches to allocating funding
  • Support for activities to understand the full context in which activities are secured
  • Where identified, present recommendations for consideration
  • Research approaches in other local authorities, identifying both barriers and enablers use by other authorities
  • Providing a summary of findings to inform future commissioning and grant award processes
  • Write reports on outcomes and data
  • Organise and attend meetings
  • Report for duty on time at work and college as detailed by the employer and college
  • Complete daily/weekly attendance records
  • Undertake any other duties appropriate to the grade of the post as required
  • Team member – Strategy Hub, Integrated Commissioning Unit Team

Financial Management

  • Comply with Council’s financial policies and requirements
  • Identify and propose opportunities for cost savings or cost recovery

Customer Relationship

  • Deliver services in accordance with agreed service standards
  • Monitor and act upon customer feedback to meet or exceed customer satisfaction

Operational Effectiveness and Compliance

  • Carry out the role in accordance with HR policies and practice
  • Undertake continuous improvement to improve the effectiveness of activity and services
  • Comply with all Council Policies in relation to Health and Safety and Information Governance
  • Escalate risks and issues which may impact any aspect of performance or the Council’s reputation

Organisational Capability and Growth

  • Participate in team talks and briefings
  • Carry out tasks in accordance with the Council’s performance management approach
  • Take personal responsibility for personal development including any Continuous Professional Development

About You

  • Ability to understand the needs of the city’s diverse and changing population
  • Ability to implement the Council's Equal Opportunities Policy at a level appropriate to the job
  • Must at all times carry out his/her responsibilities with due regard to the Council's Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Be familiar with the Council's Health and Safety Policy
  • Be aware of and observe any part of the policy related specifically to the duties and responsibilities of the post
  • Be familiar with the Council's Information Governance policies
  • Be able to apply the principles of Data Protection to their role and duties to ensure that Council and client data is collected, held and managed appropriately
  • Able to carry out duties and responsibilities in accordance with all relevant Council and professional codes of practice​

Hours: 37 hours per week

Duration: 12 weeks

Interviews: May 2018

Start date: June/July

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