£14/hour. Initial 3 - 6 month contract
Backstop is currently seeking experienced, committed and professional individual to work in Norfolk as an Education Health & Care Plan Reviewing Officer.
If you are a great SEND service practitioner with a proven track record and interested - send your CV to Backstop at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 87859912.
The ideal candidate will evidence a robust background in supporting the efficient delivery of special educational needs services, from assessments through to multi agency plans, and will have appropriate qualifications (preferably with their own specialism).
Norfolk has approximately 4800 children with statements. Annually the number of referrals is rising in the last two years and will this year be nearly 1000 which is a rise of over 300.
The successful candidate will support the Education Health Care Plan Coordinators in their casework by taking a lead role, under guidance, in the decision making and processing of annual reviews of EHCPs; arrangements for children subject to phase transfer; applications to specialist school placements tracking children through the admissions process; individual children’s transport arrangements and any other referral arrangements that support transition (i.e. to adult social services).
They will act as a liaison point for families on behalf of EHCP Coordinators, including communicating local authority decisions and supporting local and county duty arrangements.
The operational service is divided into three locality teams drawn along district council boundaries. The Reviewing Officer will be aligned to one of these locality teams but will be expected to work flexibly across teams and services where this is required to ensure a county approach to meeting key performance indicators. Some travel will be involved.
Just some of the responsibilities of this exciting post:
Take the lead role, under guidance of the EHCP Coordinators, in local authority decision making following annual reviews to maintain, cease or amend EHCPs or to undertake full statutory reassessment and ensure such decisions and amended EHCPs are undertaken and communicated in line with statutory timescales.
Liaise with schools and other educational establishments where annual review decisions or EHCP amendments cannot be made due to poorly constructed annual review reports, ensuring additional information and evidence is gathered to expedite decisions and ensure feedback is given to support continuous improvement in schools’ and other educational establishments’ practice.
Undertake amendments of EHCPs under guidance and direction of EHCP Coordinators and in full co-production with parents/carers, young people and other involved practitioners.
Deputise for EHCP Coordinators attendance at annual reviews of EHCPs operating as the local authority representative to support the effective delivery of annual reviews across Norfolk.
Take the lead role in overseeing arrangements locally for children subject to phase transfer (i.e. entry to statutory school, transition from infant to junior, junior/primary to secondary, and secondary to further education) ensuring the child’s onward setting is identified, secured and named in the final EHCP in line with nationally DfE deadlines.
Make applications on behalf of EHCP Coordinators for children where specialist school placements are required, tracking children through the admissions process and communicating outcomes to families and finalising EHCPs following decisions being taken.
Take a lead role in ensuring transitional arrangements are in place for children and young people by making applications and referrals to other agencies and departments, such as transport and adult social care referrals.
Take a lead role in the submission of young people to the Summer TITAN buddy scheme under guidance and direction of EHCP Coordinators and the team manager.
Manage and maintain case management records using the Synergy SEN Live system, progressing cases through the workflow to ensure accurate and current recording of status of casework.
Operate as a liaison point for families and other agencies communicating local authority decisions relating to annual reviews, phase transfer and special school admissions.
Qualifications and Skills required
Demonstrable experience of working within a legal or statutory framework and meeting requirements, preferably in the SEND or related field.
Experience of working in a role which included:
• direct work with children, young people and families.
• Communication and interaction with other agencies and professionals to obtain and share information
Proven experience of managing a large workload and meeting deadlines.
The post holder will be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring check due to the post being in direct contact with children and vulnerable adults.
This specialist post is handled by the Backstop professional consultancy team; if you are interested in this position please contact us to apply now. You will be treated as far more than just a number. We are a personal agency with a great reputation - ask around - but we only take on high quality individuals who meet our clients' requirements.
Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who appear to fall into this category.
If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity by contacting us. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.