Brighter Futures for Children
Full Time, Permanent
Brighter Futures for Children is improving outcomes for Reading's children, young people and families.
We are an independent, not-for-profit-company, wholly owned by Reading Borough Council. Our responsibility is to deliver quality children's services, early help, education and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services in the borough.
- We protect and enhance the lives of the children of Reading.
- We help families find long-term solutions to ensure children lead happy, healthy, and successful lives.
- We embrace new and proven ways of working, including; Trauma Informed practice, Restorative approaches, Strong partnership working, Quick and appropriate decision-making.
The position of SEN Case Officer is to co-ordinate Education, Health and Care (EHC) Assessments and plans for a caseload of children and young people (CYP) with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), leading to high quality outcome focused EHC Plans and working in collaboration with families and professionals throughout the process.
- Support effective multi-agency working to support the development of comprehensive Education, Health and Care Plan, Annual Reviews and positive multi-agency working relationships. This may include chasing assessment reports, facilitating multi-agency meetings and meetings with families.
- Draft high quality Education, Health and Care Plans, which are clear, accessible and outcome focused and in line with the legal and statutory requirements described in the Children and Family’s Act and SEN Code of Practice.
- Manage and maintain a designated caseload of children with special educational needs ensuring that BFfC’s statutory obligations are met. This will include co-ordination of EHC needs assessment, monitoring the agreed Education, Health and Care Plans and ensuring that a review is held at least annually, attending where possible, and that the plan continues to meet the identified needs of the child and young person.
- Ensure Education, Health and Care plans are amended following annual reviews within statutory timescales.
- Create and maintain up to date records ensuring the relevant databases are updated. Collate and write reports as required for meetings such as the SEN Panel, funding requests and for SEND tribunals.
- Represent the SEN team at reviews, departmental, multi-professional, inter-agency meetings (office based or within schools) and supporting Managers with Tribunal cases as required.
- The equivalent of GCSE passes in English and Maths
- Education to degree level or other equivalent evidence of ability - to have the required level of intellectual ability for the role and the required higher order skills.
- Relevant training in relation to special educational needs
Essential knowledge, skills and experience:
- Experience in Special Educational Needs and Disability arena either in Education, Social Care or Health.
- Experience of working with parents and families - to be able to develop excellent working relationships with families and work effectively with them in a person centred way. To be able to deal with challenging situations.
- Experience of multi-agency working - to have an understanding of the roles of different agencies, to be able to lead multi-agency meetings effectively, manage negotiations, challenge where necessary and mediate if required.
What we offer our permanent workers:
- We offer a supportive framework to develop your career
- You’ll work in a friendly and collaborative environment where we are committed to delivering positive outcomes.
- We have a strong training and developmental pathway
- All team managers are permanent staff and our Consultant Practitioners will coach, mentor and support you.
- Competitive salary
- Local Government Pension Scheme
- Discounted childcare
- On-site outstanding nursery
We offer a range of extras
- Cycle to work scheme
- Season ticket loans
- Local discounts
- Health and wellbeing programme
- Staff Club and social events.
For more information and a confidential discussion please contact Nadya Truman Nadya.Truman@brighterfuturesforchildren.org or Adeana Robinson Adeana.Robinson@brighterfuturesforchildren.org
Closing date: 24th November 2020