- Pay Rate:
£241.22 per day PAYE
- Hours per Week:
35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours
This opening assignment is for 2-3 months.
- Uxbridge, London,
Interim SEND Resolution Officer-Social Care
Reference no: Hillingdon RQ691284
Pay rate: £241.22 per day PAYE
Enhanced DBS & Barred List Check required
The post-holder will organise and deliver training to the SEND Team and other relevant professionals, providing guidance, advice and support when required. They will work with education settings and parents/ young people on trying to resolve disputes and appeals and agreeing the best possible outcome for the child/ young person (CYP) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) while ensuring the most efficient use of public resources.
- Lead and manage the Council’s parental Appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST)
- Co-ordinate the process, procedures and data linked to the Borough appeals SENDIST
- Be responsible for case managing the individual appeals, engaging all key partners in preparation for the appeal as well as being responsible for representing the Local Authority at appeal hearings and ensure compliance with subsequent Orders.
- Be a source of expert advice to the Council and SEND Officers on all aspects of the SENDIST.
- Be responsible for supporting the local area and key stakeholders with their duties related to SENDIST and work closely with the LA’s legal team.
“Specific Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:
Experience & Knowledge / Technical skills
- Educated to degree level or equivalent or at least three years of experience in the field of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
- Extensive knowledge of the Children and Families Act and SEN Code of Practice.
- Extensive knowledge of policies and guidance and its implications for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
- Extensive knowledge of the types of special needs and disabilities that effect children’s education and an ability to develop this knowledge.
- Extensive knowledge of the issues faced by children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families.
- Significant experience of SEN Appeals and Tribunals.
- Significant experience of working with education settings and parents/ young people.
- Significant experience of providing support, advice and guidance to education settings and families on disabilities.
- Substantial legal experience or an equivalent legal qualification or substantial relevant experience in SEN.
- Significant experience of managing a high case load of complex cases.
Skills & Abilities
- Excellent written skills to produce high quality appeal reports and legal case responses.
- Excellent verbal communication skills.
- Effective negotiation skills.
- Excellent advocacy skills and people management skills.
- High level analytical skills problem solving and decision-making skills.
- Ability to interpret the local government agenda and apply to local services.
- Able to work independently.
- Ability to successfully managing conflict and disputes in difficult situations.
- Ability to effectively negotiate resolutions.
- Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service which may include some work outside of normal office hours
- Ability to effectively prioritise and meet deadlines when faced with conflicting priorities
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- Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
- Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
- Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
- Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.
- Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.
Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:
- Any local authority/public sector experience
- Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.
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SEND Resolution Officer-Social Care
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