An exciting opportunity has arisen within the SEN seervice of a West London local authority which is currently recruiting for two EHCP co-ordinators.
The SEN Service operates in a fast paced, complex interpersonal environment focused on children and young people with high level and complex special educational needs, their parents/carers, schools and other professionals, and requires an enhanced level of communication and case management skills. The SEN Service administers and is responsible for statutory SEN functions contained within the Education Act 1996 and the Children and Families Act 2014. The service is customer facing and has significant contact with members of the public and other professionals from within and outside of the council, schools and other settings. Consequently, the service needs to manage crucial interfaces with support services, including Children’s Social Care and Health, as well as maintaining excellent multi agency working relationships The SEN Senior EHCP Coordinator is the primary and face-to-face contact for children, young people and their families and is responsible for the completion of the core SEN processes. The postholder will maintain a caseload, set up and maintain positive and professional working relationships and work in partnership with families, education settings, health and social care services, whilst ensuring compliance with relevant legislation
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
1. To oversee a caseload across the SEND Service.
2. To hold a caseload of children and young people with SEN aged 0 to 25 who have a
Statement of SEN, are undergoing an EHC Needs Assessment or with an EHC Plan.
3. To co-ordinate and analyse professional advices/reports leading to the development of
comprehensive and effective Education, Health and Care Plans
4. To ensure that Statements and EHC Plans are taken through appropriate decision making
processes to agree the allocation of resources in accordance with relevant statutory
requirements and guidelines, including a personal budget where appropriate.
5. To ensure that reviews of remaining Statements of SEN and the finalisation of EHC Plans
are completed with statutory timescales.
6. To build and maintain relationships with parents and carers and provide appropriate
support as required as part of a positive professional relationship
7. To enable and empower the child or young person and his/her parents/carers to make
decisions and where appropriate to make effective use of a personal budget
8. To challenge providers where outcomes are not achieved and work with relevant services
where intervention is required.
9. To attend annual review meetings and ensure these are person centred and focussed on
achieving the outcomes for the CYP.
10. To ensure all transitions between education and life phases are managed effectively and
seamlessly within statutory deadlines.
11. To signpost young people/parents and carers to dispute resolution and mediation services
and actively promote these to resolve conflict.
12. To support the SEND Tribunals process and ensure that directions of the Tribunal are
13. In liaison with SEN Team Leader and/or SEN Senior/Specialist Keyworker, to support the
drafting of responses to members’ enquiries, complaints, Ombudsman investigations etc.
14. To develop a good understanding of the local offer
15. Carry out other duties as reasonably required.
Education to A Level / NVQ Level 4
SEN-related qualification (knowledge of children’s SEN and/or school SEN
Degree level qualification or equivalent
C Knowledge & Experience:
A good knowledge of the Children & Families Act (2014); SEN Code of Practice
2015 and Education Act 1996 and any subsequent revisions or new legislation is
essential; experience of applying it in practice is highly desirable.
Relevant experience in an educational setting, local authority, or with children and
young people in a related field.
Experience of successfully managing casework or a caseload.
Good interpersonal skills and experience of supporting shared problem solving
with a range of people including children and young people, parents and
A good understanding of the nature and importance of partnership working and
managing multiple stakeholders and evidence of good practice in this area.
Good communication skills and being able to provide clear, concise and effective
written and verbal communication.
Knowledge of the pathways through the education system for children and young
people, and a good understanding of Preparation for Adulthood
Experience of using negotiation and conflict resolution skills successfully.
Demonstrably good organisational skills with the capacity to manage competing
demands and meet deadlines within timescales
Knowledge and experience of education and Children’s Services.
Knowledge of local education, health and social care provision.
Experience of administering legally compliant SEN or other statutory processes.
Experience of working with parents/carers/young people and/or school staff at all
Excellent administrative skills including confidence in using Microsoft Office and
relevant databases such as Excel, Tribal and Capita.
Knowledge of Equalities Act, Mental Capacity Act and Safeguarding legislation