West End, London
£32 - £33.6 per hour
21 days ago
Our client is seeking a SEN Key Worker on the initial 3 month contract with the possibility of an extension.
36 hours per week
Monday - Friday
The Children and Families Act 2014 has had a significant impact on the delivery of SEN services resulting 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. On behalf of the Local Authority, the SEN Service administers and is responsible for statutory SEN functions contained within the Education Act 1996 and the Children and Families Act 2014 and therefore has significant contact with members of the public and other professionals from within and outside of the councils, schools and other settings.
Duties and Responsibilities-
- The SEN 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. Therefore, service management is expected to operate in a positive, collegiate and respectful manner to ensure borough-wide service effectiveness across our services and partners.
- To provide an EHC Assessment and Review function that enables effective and efficient support in order to build strong and resilient children, young people and families.
- To undertake the statutory assessment process of an EHC needs assessment and the issuing of EHC Plans within twenty weeks as per the statutory deadlines, which is in accordance with The Children and Families Act 2014 and SEN Code of Practice January 2015.
- To coordinate a person centred, outcome focused multi agency approach to the assessment, planning and support, ensuring that children, young people and parents are treated as equal partners in the assessment and planning process.
- To engage and build respectful, transparent and effective relationships with children and young people with SEN, their families, education settings, and work across multiple agencies to ensure the needs of those with SEN are met.
- Contribute to the development of initiatives and partnerships that encourage children and young people to build strong links with their local community and support the growth of positive perceptions of young people.
- To provide effective and efficient commissioning of suitable educational provision and school placement for children and young people with an EHCP, with a focus on accountability for outcomes.
- Undertake EHC Assessment and Review functions for a caseload of children and young people with SEN aged 0 to 25 who are under an EHC needs assessment or review of an EHCP. In particular, this will include:
- Being a single point of regular and consistent contact for the child or young person and their parents/carers during the education, health and care needs assessment process
- Facilitating multi-agency meetings;
- Co-ordinating services and practitioners around the child and young person and their family;
- Supporting a single planning and joint assessment process;
- Providing information and signposting where necessary;
- Providing emotional and practical support as required as part of a trusting relationship; and
- Enabling and empowering the child and young person and their families to make decisions and where appropriate to make effective use of a personal budget.
- Ensure that EHC Plans are person centred and outcome focused and based on the evidence from the child or young person, their families, schools and other educational settings, educational psychologists, medical officers including therapists, social workers and any other professionals working with the child or young person.
- Ensure that the education, health and care needs assessment is undertaken within the statutory 20 week timeframes, information is recorded correctly and appropriately on databases/systems and records are kept up-to-date and accurate.
- Ensure that draft EHC Plans are high quality and are taken through appropriate decision making processes to agree the allocation of resources in accordance with guidelines including a personal budget, where appropriate.
- Commission effective and efficient educational provision and school placement for children and young people with an EHC Plan, with a focus on accountability for outcomes.
- Negotiate fees with placements providers and ensure contracts are in place.
- Attend annual reviews and ensure that these are person centre and focussed on achieving the outcomes for the child or young person.
- To complete the annual review process in accordance with legislation and timeframes.
- Challenge providers where outcomes are not achieved and work with relevant services where intervention is required.
- Ensure all transitions between education and life phases are managed effectively and seamlessly with statutory deadlines.
- In liaison with SEN Team Manager and/or Senior SEN Practitioner, to support the drafting of responses to members' enquiries, complaints, Ombudsman investigations, Tribunals etc.
- In liaison with SEN Team Manager and/or Senior SEN Practitioner, ensure high quality preparation and follow up of the Local Authority cases for SEN Tribunals and ensure that any directions/actions are completed within the time frames set.
- Work closely with the Tribunals team for oversight of the assigned cases and adherence to timescales.
- To ensure that the meeting of children's and young people's learning needs remains paramount and adhere to responsibilities and timelines in the relevant legislation and Codes of Practice.
Skills and Experience-
- Degree level qualification or equivalent
- Keen to learn from everyone including parents
- Willing to ask parents as well as other professionals for information/advice
- Embraces diversity with a 'can-do' attitude
- Willing to see things from others perspective
- 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 practitioners.
- 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.
- Enhanced knowledge, skills and understanding in a significant area related to SEN and relevant Education legislation is highly desirable; the ability to develop this rapidly and effectively if not is essential
- A good knowledge and understanding of the key legislative frameworks relating to the provision of SEND services to children and young people (Children and Families Act 2014, Education Act 1996, SEN(D) Codes of Practice), and their application to effective casework
- A good working knowledge of other relevant legislative frameworks such as the Care Act and safeguarding legislation and their relevance to and impact on SEND legislation
- An understanding of the changing national agenda for schools and an ability to interpret the impact of this on casework
- Successful staff and casework management experience within an SEND, education or other related Local Authority service is essential; experience of this within a statutory framework or service is highly desirable
- Successful experience of developing constructive and positive relationships and working collaboratively with Local Authority colleagues, head teachers, SENCOs, children, young people and their parents, and other stakeholders
- Good written and verbal communication skills and ability to enthuse, engage and motivate others through these
- Evidence of sound judgement and analytical skills leading to effective service delivery
- Ability to manage and balance priorities to deliver to a high standard and within timescales
- Evidence of working cooperatively with key stakeholders so that appropriate decisions are made to meet the SEND needs of children and young people.
- Experience of and the ability to manage change whilst maintaining a motivated workforce and supporting delivery
- The ability to gather, understand and use data to make informed and effective decisions in relevant service areas
- Evidence of continued relevant professional development
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