Kensington and Chelsea. Short term contract. Up to £31 per hour.
Main Purpose of the Job
This role will lead a team which includes a Senior Practitioner, SEN Keyworkers and Case Officers in regard to the management of complex caseloads. You will be responsible for ensuring all relevant legislation and guidance is adhered to in the execution of casework, and for developing and maintaining good practice standards. You will provide robust and accurate advice and guidance on complex casework.
The postholder will:
1. Ensure that casework is legally compliant whilst remaining child centred, pro-active and responsive to the needs of children and young people and paying due regard to the views of parents
2. Proactively keep up to date with SEND legislations and guidance and be able to identify and understand the key changes required to processes to fulfil the legislation and related guidance.
3. Manage relationships with families, head teachers and SENCOs, inclusion staff, social workers, health and other relevant agencies effectively to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people under the relevant circumstances.
4. Develop, consolidate and improve an area of specialism related and relevant to the current SEN context for the benefit of the service.
5. Manage time efficiently.
6. Provide appropriate levels of individual support to team members, including performance management.
7. Support and motivate colleagues to develop a sense of team.
8. Identify staff development needs and give appropriate internal or external training where necessary.
9. Respond appropriately to issues that require a variety of approaches based on analytical thinking and the ability to make sound judgements based on relevant evidence.
10. Share sensitive information in a professional manner with partner agencies in order to manage risks and promote welfare in line with the requirements of all relevant legislation
11. Effectively escalate issues upwards where appropriate
12. Carry out other duties as reasonably required.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
1. To ensure that casework is legally compliant whilst remaining child centred, pro-active and responsive to the needs of children, young people and their parents
2. To ensure all statutory responsibilities are upheld according to relevant legislation, including adherence to required timescales
3. To respond to and manage concerns and risk identified by practitioners and provide informed and accurate advice and guidance on cases
4. To escalate any high level risks and issues to Deputy Head of SEN (Service Delivery)/ Deputy Head of SEN (Relationship and Quality Assurance) / Head of SEN Service as and when required
5. To provide effective leadership and robust line management, including performance management where needed, to a team of Practitioners and be involved in recruitment, induction, professional and personal development
6. To ensure consistency in decision-making across casework,
7. To monitor, identify and advise on areas of potential efficiency and service improvement
8. To work with key stakeholders to improve the identification of those requiring SEN support
9. To take a lead on practice development, carry out research, keep informed of best practice and contribute to service development initiatives
10. To analyse evidence of areas for development, set priorities aligned with the organisation priorities and maintain consistency and standards of practice
11. To carry out other duties as reasonably required