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Send Assessment & Commissioning Officer

  • Location:


  • Sector:

    Unqualified Social Care

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    £250 - £300 per day

  • Contact:

    Tom Francis

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  • Job ref:

    0004 66F7 / 1_1623170395

  • Published:

    6 days ago

  • Duration:

    6 Months

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In Kirklees our ambition for our children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is the same as for all children and young people - that they achieve well in their early years, at school and in college and lead happy and fulfilled lives.
We expect our workforce to use a person centred approach to support our children and young people with SEND and their parents and carers. This means keeping them at the centre of all that we do, ensuring that their views and aspirations are listened to and respected and that they are actively involved in planning and decision making.

This role is central to improving outcomes for our children and young people with SEND, and helping us to achieve our ambition. You will have responsibility for ensuring statutory compliance, specifically within the legislative requirements of the Children and Families
Act 2014 and the associated SEND Code of Practice: 0 to 25. You will also need to ensure adherence to local policy and practice, as well as having a key role in influencing and developing local policy and practice. This is a challenging and exciting role within a service that is central to improving outcomes for our children and young people with SEND.

The Job:

You will hold a complex caseload within which you will have responsibility for effective EHC needs assessment, planning and review, to include:-
* Coordinated, person centred, outcome focussed and holistic EHC needs assessment and review;
* Clear, concise and accessible EHC Plans, which are person centred, clearly identify needs, have SMART outcomes, identify appropriate provision and support and are forward looking, with planning for key transition points.
* Statutory compliance including statutory timescales.

You will have day to day management responsibility of SEND Assessment & Review Co-ordinators and Business Support Officers, delegating appropriately and having oversight of their work.

Your caseload will include complex casework, this will include preparation, coordination and representation at SEND Tribunal. You may also have oversight of a cohort of children and young people in specific circumstances ie. Looked After Children, Electively Home Educated Children. You will carry out robust quality assurance and monitoring against performance measures in order to drive continuous improvement. You will ensure systems and process (including panel arrangements) are fully supported and effectively utilised to enable timely decision making and effective commissioning across Education, Health and Social Care. This will include commissioning specialist

placements (special schools, specialist provisions and independent special schools/colleges), personalised packages and personal budget arrangements. You will make legally binding decisions regarding EHC needs assessment and provision which must be transparent and accountable, complying with legal requirements and within local policy and practice.