This is an exciting opportunity and the successful candidate will follow a hybrid working model. As SEND Participation Manager (Local Offer) you will lead on work with Wirral's SEND young people and their parents/carers across the local area to ensure they are at the heart of any SEND co-production activities. In this role, you'll work collaboratively with a wide range of Stakeholders including Wirral's Parent Carer Forum (PCPW), young people, SENCOs, colleagues in health and social care and Wirral's 3rd sector organisations. You will support the development of a Co-production Strategy for Wirral to enable the voice of young people, parents and carers to influence strategic decision-making. You will work collaboratively with colleagues across the Council and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to embed participation and engagement principles, raise the profile of SEND and extend opportunities for colleagues to support participation and engagement. You will also manage the Local Offer website ensuring it is maintained, up to date and accessible. You will evaluate the performance of the site to inform future developments/improvements.
You will recruit, train and develop a team of 'virtual' SEND Champions from service providers and partner organisations including health services, Wirral CCG, Early Years, Wirral's SEND Service to ensure that information on the Local Offer is up to date and relevant. You will develop a programme of participation and engagement for children/young people with SEND and their parents and carers to improve the way we engage with our SEND families and ensure they are at the heart of everything we do. By listening and learning from their lived experience SEND services can be improved to ensure needs are being met and the best outcomes realised. The post holder will work flexibly and creatively to reach a wide range of audiences including parents, carers, and young people and to accommodate the range of needs including social and communication difficulties, learning and physical disabilities and sensory impairments.
You will design a programme of recognition and achievement to celebrate successes of young people, parent/carers and practitioners engaged in supporting and educating children with SEND. Supporting the SEND Youth Engagement Officer, you will actively seek new and improved channels of feedback from SEND young people and their Parent/Carers. This will include gaining the engagement of those hard to reach and/or the digitally disadvantaged. You will establish and a range of participation forums for children/young people (including Wirral's SEND Youth Voice group) and parent/carers, leading on identifying gaps in provision and engaging partners to address barriers. Organising engagement activities for children and young people with SEND, tailored to their needs and enabling them to have their say and influence change will be a big part of the role. As too will the planning and delivering of large scale engagement events, such as SEND Information Exchanges, SEND Summits, bringing SEND professionals together to share best practice and support continued professional development.
We are looking for someone who has a passion for all things SEND and is committed to going the extra mile to support SEND families. This multi-faceted role will be challenging and rewarding in equal measures.
You'll need to be educated to degree standard or hold an equivalent professional qualification. You must have excellent people, presentation, communication and organisation skills and the ability to foster and promote meaningful relationships with all stakeholders. Report writing will require a high level competency in written communication. You must have experience working directly with SEND young people and their parent/carers preferably across a range of settings.
Your experience should include work within the field of participation and engagement.
A full driving licence would be an advantage given the hybrid element of this role and borough wide travel to Wirral settings.
Above all you will be looking to improve the way we engage with our SEND families to ensure they are at the heart of everything we do.
Interviews are planned for mid-September.
Please note that in accordance with the Council’s policy, employees who are in a formal redeployment situation will be considered in the first instance for all vacancies.
It is Council policy not to re-appoint any employee who has left under the terms of the Council's Early Voluntary Retirement (EVR) scheme or who have left with a voluntary severance (VS) package, unless in exceptional circumstances.
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