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Senior SEND Officer
  • Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Reference: CBED/22/11135
  • Published: Wed 24/08/2022, 8:59 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 30/09/2022, 23:58 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £34,033 - £37,132 per annum 
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Across the County of Central Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire

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Senior SEND Officer

Team: SEND Team
Job Family: CBG11 - Supporting
Salary: £34,033 - £37,132 per annum 
Contract Type: Hybrid - Fixed Term/Secondment until 31st August 2023 in the first instance
Hours: 37 hours per week
Base Location: Working from home and any CBC offices, including Priory House, Shefford. You will be expected to attend a CBC office location on a monthly basis, and as needed to carry out your role
Closing Date: 30th September 2022
Interview Date: Candiates will be reviewed regularly and if successful at shortlisting stage, will be invited to interview throughout the duration of the advert

 

About Us

Central Bedfordshire is an ambitious authority, determined to be an exemplary one. Our strategic location and high quality of life mean we are one of the fastest growing areas in the country. 

As a council we face the same challenges every business does - investing in the right places and delivering great results. Except for us, it’s all about our 289,000 residents. We’re totally focussed on helping to improve their lives and making Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work. 

This is a great time to join us on our journey.

 

More about the role: 

Central Bedfordshire Council would like to offer the opportunity to work as a Senior SEND Officer with the SEND Team within Children’s Services. The successful applicant will have proven experience of working within the parameters of the SEND Code of Practice, a working knowledge of SEND Legislation and procedures and a history of working directly with children and young people with SEND. The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge and experience of writing and/or contributing to high quality Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) and an ability to review and amend EHCPs in accordance with statutory guidance. 

 

About the SEND Team 

The SEND team is responsible for carrying out statutory duties and processes linked to Education, Health and Care Plans for children and young people with SEND aged 0-25. The team works with children, young people, parents and professionals to co-produce education, health and care plans and agreeing provision and educational placement.

 

Other duties of the team include:

  • · receipt and decision-making regarding requests for EHC Needs Assessments
  • · gathering information during the EHC Needs Assessment
  • · co-ordination and writing of EHCPs
  • · monitoring of annual reviews (please note: the team's attendance is not a statutory requirement)
  • · processing of annual review documentation
  • · consulting with schools and supporting school admissions for pupils with an EHCP
  • · preparation of cases for our SEND panels and providing feedback to parents and settings
  • · case management and work regarding SEN Tribunals (SENDIST)
  • · providing advice to schools, parents and professionals regarding statutory processes
  • · facilitation of training regarding statutory processes for professionals and parents

 

About the Senior SEND Officer Role 

Our Senior SEND Officers are responsible for the effective oversight and management of a caseload of Education, Health and Care Plans according to a geographic locality of Central Bedfordshire. Senior Officers work with their allocated SEND Officer to ensure effective co-ordination of processes regarding EHC Needs Assessments, monitoring and review of EHCPs and appeals to the SEND Tribunal. 

 

Main duties of the role include; 

  • · working to ensure effective management of a caseload of EHCPs and new assessments. 
  • · oversight of the EHC Needs Assessment process; including liaising with parents/carers/young people and settings, reviewing professional advice and evidence and ensuring adherence to statutory timescales. 
  • · drafting Education, Health and Care Plans and ensuring these are finalised within the legal timeframe.
  • · chairing co-production meetings during the EHC Needs Assessment process 
  • · attendance at way-forward and mediation meetings with parents and professionals to explain Local Authority decisions
  • · management and oversight of appeals to the SEND Tribunal 
  • · preparing cases for Local Authority SEND Panels, ensuring decisions are made within statutory timescales and that decisions are shared with parents, carers and professionals
  • · management of the monitoring and review of existing EHCPS; including amending and issuing EHCPs following a review and attending review meetings in complex cases
  • · providing advice to schools, parents and professionals regarding statutory processes
  • · planning and providing training regarding statutory processes for professionals and parents
  • · consulting with schools and supporting school admissions for pupils with an EHCP- particularly in cases of exclusion
  • · attending meetings and Local Authority Panels as required
  • · directing the SEND Officer as required to ensure effective case management
  • · representing the SEND team as part of the wider Children’s Services Team

 

What we can offer you

  • Hybrid working arrangements as appropriate. We recognise the importance of supporting our employees to balance their home and work life and to be able to work in the most efficient way. As a hybrid worker you will be able to work from home with access to any CBC location. 
  • A £250 one off hybrid worker payment, helping you achieve a safe and suitable work space at home 
  • Support to work from abroad for up to a month a year where appropriate
  • Generous family friendly policies and practices
  • A supportive and inclusive environment that values and celebrates differences
  • Staff network and support groups
  • Annual leave allowance 24 days + statutory holidays rising to 31 days with length of service.
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). This is a valuable part of our rewards package for employees and includes Life Assurance: click here
  • An Employee Assistance Programme offering support to all employees through workplace changes as well as other work, family and personal issues
  • Training and Learning offer – we have access to hundreds of courses and role specific training is also available
  • Access to discounts from local and national retailers

 

Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.

Our aspiration is to be a truly flexible employer.  We welcome discussion on location, hours and working pattern as part of the application process.

Join us, and take advantage of our rewards package, agile working and the chance to learn and progress. Find your greatness by helping us to deliver better services to the local community.

* Please note that we reserve the right to close this advert early.  If you would like to apply for this position then please keep this information in mind when preparing your submission *

To assess your suitability for the role, you must demonstrate how you meet the key outcomes, accountabilities and competencies. To do this, you’ll need to refer to the Family Profile, Role Profile and Competency Framework which can be found in the Recruitment Pack: Senior SEND Officer

For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Joe Watts at joe.watts@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or Amy Mew at amy.mew@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk 

For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The Recruitment Team at recruitment@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

Safeguarding (For DBS posts only):

Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records.  

Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to improving the diversity of our workforce to better reflect the communities we serve.  Therefore we welcome applications from everyone. In addition we are a  Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.

To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline.

If you require assistance to apply for our roles, help with writing your CV, interview techniques or careers advice please contact our team of careers advisors at ncs@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk Our service is confidential, impartial and free for all.