Search Consultancy is working with a Cheshire based local authority to recruit a number of full-time SEND keyworkers on an ongoing contract basis.
To undertake statutory assessments and the development and maintenance of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) across the borough for children with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Maintain a caseload of children with EHCPs and attend annual reviews and make changes to plans as required. Liaise with providers of childcare, education or vocational provision to source appropriate placements for children and young people with EHCPs. Provide advice and support to parents and educational settings about SEND code of practice procedures.
* Co-ordinate a person centered, outcome focused multi agency approach to assessment, planning and support ensuring that young people, where possible, and parents are treated as equal partners in the assessment and planning process for the co-production of EHCPs.
* Act as the main key worker to children and young people allocated to your caseload who require a SEND needs assessment and / or EHCP.
* Act as the Named Officer and main point of contact for named setting, schools, colleges and specialist institutions in and out of the Local Authority's footprint attended by children and young people with SEND who are residents of the borough.
* Attend multi agency co-production meetings, chairing the meetings as needed.
* Analyse and evaluate educational, medical, social care and psychological advice and other relevant information and reports collected under the statutory assessment of a child's or young person's special educational needs and make balanced, outcome focused service delivery recommendations.
* Meet with children and young people, their parents and carers, to discuss and resolve issues relating to SEND support decisions including where necessary formal mediation.
* Submit evidence to appropriate Moderation Panels with sufficient information, evidence and costs to enable decision making.
* Support the wider SEND team to build a strong inclusive approach in advising and supporting young people and their parents, carers or representatives on matters relating to the provision of appropriate special educational needs support to help them make informed choices through the decision making process.
* Represent the Local Authority at informal and formal mediation and appeals including those at First Tier Tribunal (SEN and Disability).
* Review commissioned provision in order to track the child or young person's progress and outcomes, taking appropriate action to ensure outcomes for individual young people are achieved.
* Liaise with non-educational agencies to ensure that appropriate non-educational services are provided. Advise schools and other relevant parties to ensure that they meet the needs of pupils with SEND and make best use of SEND funding.
* Ensure resources are allocated, monitored and reviewed to support implementation of SEND support and EHCPs in accordance with guidelines.
* Graduate level qualification or Post graduate/Specialist application equivalent in a relevant field eg. Education, Social Work, health related, Educational Psychology or similar NVQ Level 4 - Advice and Guidance, Learning Development and Support Services for children, young people and those who care for them (LDSS) Post/DIP Career Guidance/diploma, degree Youth and Community/PGCE/Social Work equivalent etc.
* Extended experience with early years, schools, colleges, local authority, health, independent setting in relation to children and young people with SEND.
* Successful experience of collaborative and partnership working with school staff and partner agencies.
* Effective working with families or young people.
* Statutory Assessment (SEND, Child Protection etc).
* Working with and delivering support/careers guidance/advisory services to children, young people and their parents.
* Effective up to date theory and practice in the field of SEN relating to areas of responsibility.
* Understanding relevant legal frameworks.
* Awareness of impact on parents and carers of caring for vulnerable child/young person with high level of need.
* Understand statutory framework for SEND and child/young person centred approaches to assessment and review of provision.
* Ability to drive across the borough.
Please apply with your up to date cv and daytime contact number
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