Hillingdon Council: Putting our Residents first.
Hillingdon is very dynamic west London borough that is developing and the ethos of Putting our residents first is at the heart of everything we do, and we are embarking on an ambitious plan to modernise our service offering, while sustaining the high-quality delivery.
We operate a busy, innovative and dynamic Education and Special Educational Needs Department, which is committed to providing high-quality educational support across the Borough. The team works in close collaboration with primary and secondary school, along with delivering specialist services to those with challenging special needs.
About the role
We are advertising for 9 critical roles which will have case management responsibility for a caseload of children, young people and their families who are undergoing an education, health and care assessment or have an education, health and care plan, ensuring a person-centred approach and a culture of 'putting our residents first' is maintained. This will include undertaking SEND key working functions during the assessment process.
To proactively work with educational settings to identify those children and young people most in need of progression through the local area SEND pathway.
To provide advice and guidance to educational settings in relation the local area SEND pathway and their use of Element 2 SEN budget and to make recommendations in relation to statutory and non-statutory decision making.
The key responsibilities of the role include; -
- Managing a caseload of children and young people (CYP) with special educational needs and disability (SEND) and ensuring the statutory assessment process from 0 to 25 years is undertaken within the statutory deadlines
- Attending and chairing meetings with families and professionals to undertake the assessment process
- Drafting outcome focussed initial Education Health & Care (EHC) Plan to capture basic information
- managing the statutory assessment process, working in partnership with parents/carers, children and young people and external agencies, ensuring children and young people are centrally involved and consulted with in line with the Children and Families Act 2014 and Code of Practice
- Ensuring all transitions between education settings and/or life phases are well managed and seamless, with children, young people and their parents/carers involved in planning for their transition to adulthood
- Providing information, advice and guidance to educational settings in relation to statutory and non statutory decision making and pathways of support for children and young people with SEN
- Supporting education settings in generating, reviewing and monitoring non- statutory My Support Plans relating to Special Educational Needs, and offering advice and guidance to education settings in how best to improve outcomes for their children and young people
What we are looking for
Our ideal candidates will come from a background of supporting children and young people with special educational needs. The ability to manage multiple cases is essential, along with the ability to be empathetic but practical in the support you are able to offer. Strong interpersonal skills as critical, along with a track record of delivering successful outcomes for the children and young people you have supported in your career. Excellent communication skills are key to this role both in your ability to build relationships along with creating high quality reports.
What we offer
We offer a range of Company benefits. These vary according to the business area and role but may include:
- local government average salary pension scheme
- free parking (4 days a week) if based at the Civic Centre
- a 36-hour week for all full-time staff
- generous holiday entitlement: a minimum 25 days a year (plus bank holidays), rising to 28 days after five years' service. For more senior positions holiday entitlements can rise to a maximum of 36 days
- career breaks
- flexible working hours
- season ticket loan
- access to a Credit Union
- access to a wide range of training and courses
- discount on a variety of Adult Education courses run by the Council
- payment of professional fees where these are required
- discounts at council-owned leisure centres and swimming pools at Hillingdon (Uxbridge), Queensmead (South Ruislip), Highgrove (Ruislip) and Botwell Green (Hayes)
- cycle purchase scheme
- car sharing scheme
- 30% discount on green fees at council-owned golf courses
Our borough offers fantastic transport links with the A40, M25, the Metropolitan, Elizabeth, and Piccadilly lines all local to us, so you can travel to work with ease, with free parking within our own car park. We also offer a hybrid working arrangements, with time balanced between the office and home, although time will be required to be spent at various locations across the Borough as required to fulfil your duties.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Applicants should be aware that the post will only be offered to successful candidates subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.