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Senior SEND Case Co-Ordinator

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full Time, Limited Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 30/06/2019 23:59
£28,785 - £31,371
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Employment Location:
Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
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Job details 

Closing date:
30 Jun

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

As Senior Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) key worker you will be part of an integrated multi-disciplinary service which is a part of The Education, Learning & Skills directorate.

This post will be a part of a newly formed project team that will focus on improving the quality of Education, Health, Care Plans (EHCP) and quality assurance of provision within identified year groups. You will act as the Local Authority representative at Annual Review meetings and will be responsible for appropriate challenge to a range of providers whilst ensuring that the Young Person’s views and aspirations are captured and that the EHCP is specific, quantified and of good or outstanding quality.

You will work closely with members of the 0-25 SEND Casework Team; Educational Psychology Team; 0-25 Children’s Social Care; 0-25 Adults Social Care and a range of other professionals as appropriate to the individual cases for which you will have responsibility.

You will be required to attend and present cases to the weekly Annual Review Panel and will be responsible for ensuring the timeliness of decision making, and processing of decisions is within the statutory timescales as prescribed by current legislation

As Senior Case Co-ordinator you will be accountable for complex cases within the targeted focus groups of children & young people; complex cases may include; looked after children, cases where there are disputes with families and providers, where there is a high risk of school breakdown, young people who have been sectioned or where there are concerns about youth offending , post 16, home educated or out of area placements

There is one limited full time term position available until August 2020.

Interview dates have been amended, these are now scheduled for week commencing the 15/7/19.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Main Duties

You will model good practice and have knowledge and understanding of legislation which specifically relates to disabled children, young people and their families.

You will be required to work within statutory time scales to complete and review plans to the required quality standard.

You will provide advice and support to SEND Case Co-ordinators within the annual review team and to other colleagues across the service and contribute to and support the team development plan.

You will act as a point of contact for; schools, health, teams within the service and other agencies to provide advice and guidance on complex cases.

You will chair and attend annual reviews where there is a high risk of placement breakdown or a complex case within the targeted age groups. You can call upon support from Team Leaders/ Team Manager where required.

You will provide information and support around the Local Offer and will be expected to stay up to date with the Local offer itself.

You must be vigilant to safeguarding issues and must refer to a senior when you have any concerns about the safety or welfare of a service user.

Under the direction of the Team Leader SEND you will lead on tribunal case management up to hearing stage. You will also be required to lead on the formal stage of mediation on contested panel decisions

You will ensure that reliable ICT records and systems are developed and maintained for pupils with SEND. You will participate in audits and other activity under the service quality assurance framework.

You may be developed and act as subject matter specialist for others across the team; examples of specialism include; early years, post 16, electively educated children, autism, youth offending/prisons, children in care.

On occasion you may be required to deputise for the Team Leader SEND.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


Degree or equivalent relevant work experience within sector

Knowledge of relevant legislation and statutory accountabilities of the service

Experience of working with a broad range of people including families, education, social care and health care professionals. In particular, experience of working with children and young people with disabilities

Have high level of interpersonal skills, be able to communicate findings, risks and decisions to service users, families, carers

Experience of leading multiagency meetings.

Experience of writing person centred, outcomes based plans/ report writing - able to write clearly

Skills to research local offer and ability to share it with families

Ability to use IT systems to keep records up to date and to use common software packages e.g. word, outlook

Experience of, or be prepared to work in accordance with the Council’s safeguarding policies and procedures

Must hold full drivers licence or be able to travel to various locations across South Glos.

Exemplifying the Council's values and behaviours.

Additional Information

DBS: Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has a confidential checking process for transgender applicants who do not wish to reveal details of their previous identity to the person who has asked them to complete an application form for a DBS check.. The contact details are: Sensitive Applications Team, Customer services, PO Box 165, Liverpool, L69 3JD
Email sensitive@dbs.gsi.gov.uk

Use of own Vehicle: If the nature of the duties require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business. You will also be eligible for a car loan if you meet the criteria within the Council’s Car Loan Scheme.

For an informal discussion, please contact; Jennie Mackenzie, Team Manager (Jennie.Mackenzie@southglso.gov.uk or 01454 863362)

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South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Our Values

Our staff need to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. They must work well with others to reach a common goal and be willing to embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. They must use their initiative to deliver and take responsibility for their performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and must make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services. Our managers are also required to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate their staff to achieve.

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