Up to £32 per hour in Lewisham. Short term contract.
MAIN PURPOSE OF THE ROLE:
Ensure that the Council’s Appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST) is effectively run annually
To lead, manage and co-ordinate the process, procedures and data linked to the London Borough of Lewisham appeals SENDIST
To represent the Local Authority at appeal hearings and ensuring compliance with subsequent Orders.
To be a source of expert advice to the Council and SEN officers on all aspects of the SENDIST
SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERSONAL DUTIES:
1.1 To lead the appeals process for the Special Educational Needs (SEN) service to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST).
1.2 To work with education settings and parents/ young people on trying to resolve disputes and appeals and agreeing the best possible outcome for the child/ young person with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
1.3 To work with education settings to review their SEN provision and to advise of appropriate provision that will meet the needs of individual pupils with SEND.
1.4 To undertake appeals work in line with statutory requirements and to represent the Local Authority at appeal hearings and ensuring compliance with subsequent Orders.
1.5 To lead and develop practice which would limit the Authority’s exposure to risk to appeals to Tribunal, litigation and judicial review/ complaints to the Local Government Ombudsman.
1.6 To make decisions on behalf of the local authority in relation to appeals and complaints.
1.7 To liaise with educational setting regarding the placement of pupils within appropriate education settings.
1.8 To work collaboratively with professionals in developing the ability of mainstream schools in Lewisham to meet the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities.
1.9 To lead on developing appropriate policies, procedures and systems in relation to complaints, disputes and appeals.
1.10 To have an up to date knowledge of current SEN legislation, statutory procedures and processes in order to be able to quickly assimilate information and make informed decisions often under short time constraints.
1.11 To be able to manage conflict and make informed decisions on behalf of the service.
1.12 To be able to work with appointed parental legal representatives and legal agencies involved in the appeals process.
1.13 To ensure parents, carers, children and young people are made fully aware of their rights to contribute to the tribunal process and that they are advised of any dispute resolution process available to them in a timely manner.
1.14 To work with cases where parents have appealed and to try and resolve the cases through discussions with the parents.
1.15 To work with management and provide information and reports as requested.
1.16 To work with and support the SEN to develop practices that will limit the Authority’s risk to complaints, disputes and appeals.
1.17 To represent and negotiate special educational provision and placements on behalf of the service.
1.18 To develop and promote good communication and mediation processes with parents that are consistent with the Education Act (1996) and the SEND Code of Practice.
1.19 To represent the local authority at challenging cases to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved for the child or young person.
1.20 To ensure that the equality implications are considered in all proposed service changes.
1.21 To follow departmental and statutory procedures regarding safeguarding of children and the care of Looked After Children.
1.22 To ensure that confidential and business-sensitive information is locked away each evening.
1.23 To work with a high level of autonomy and self-management, yet demonstrate an awareness of the service within the overall organisation.
1.24 To effectively organise, plan and deliver own tasks and workload effectively to meet agreed goals and timescales, in line with the service and corporate objectives.
1.25 To demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills.
1.26 To demonstrate effective networking skills in working with colleagues, providers and other statutory and voluntary agencies.
1.27 To be competent in the use of IT and data processing systems including Windows Word and Excel computer software packages.
1.28 To exchange, process and report information accurately, concisely and in a timely manner.
1.29 To attend meetings in relation to the service, representing the Council – internally and externally.
1.30 To attend training to improve performance and promote professional development as required by management.
1.31 To undertake such duties and responsibilities of a similar level and responsibility as may be required.
1.32 To carry out these duties with due regard to the Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy and priorities.
1.33 To ensure that services are provided in accordance with the departmental standards and objectives of Quality Assurance with due regard to health and safety requirements.
1.34 Work in compliance with equal opportunities and other council and children’s services policies and practices.
1.35 Assist in carrying out the Council's environmental policy within the day to day activities of the post.
Internal Contacts: These include Children with Complex Needs service which include SEN Team and legal team.
External Contacts: This will include schools, legal representatives, courts, parents and young people, parent representatives.
To carry out the duties of the post with due regard to the Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy and core values.
All employees are required to participate in the Performance Evaluation Scheme (PES) and to undertake appropriate training and development identified to enhance their work.
All employees are required to comply with the Council's Health & Safety policies and procedures at all times, taking due care for themselves, colleagues and members of the public.
Assist in carrying out the Council's environmental policy within the day to day activities of the post.
Undertake other duties, commensurate with the grade, as may reasonably be required.
Consideration will be given to restructuring the duties of this post for a disabled postholder
THIS JOB DESCRIPTION MAY NEED TO BE AMENDED BY THE DIRECTORATE TO MEET THE CHANGING NEEDS OF THE SERVICE.