Senior Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP) Coordinator
37 hours per week
We are looking for professionals with experience in special educational needs who are seeking a new challenge and responsibility in an exciting and fast paced role. As a Senior Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) Coordinator, you will lead the service’s Tribunal and complex cases work. You will work with families, carers, children and young people, providing support to from the point of referral through to the assessment, support planning and review stages in line with the SEND Code of Practice.
You will benefit from great close working relationships with, and support and advice from our legal teams, external advisors, health education and social care colleagues. You will be joining us at an exciting time, as our newly appointed dynamic leadership team are keen to develop services and make a positive difference to the lives of families, carers, children and young people in Solihull. This is a new post that would suit an experienced SEND officer who can manage a varied workload, may have legal experience and has managed complex cases.
As part of this role you will also undertake training, support and mentoring to staff members in mediation and tribunal work.
You will have a relevant qualification (e.g. teaching, social work, child care, psychology) or have extensive experience of working in an Educational setting, EHC Plan coordinator role or other role relating to the statutory SEND framework.
Your experience and knowledge will enable you to make accurate, reasoned and justified decisions under pressure in line with the local authority’s legal duties and obligations and in the best interest of the children and young people that the team support.
You will also need:
- Detailed knowledge of working to the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice and Statutory SEN processes.
- Proven ability to prepare tribunal casework and present at SEND tribunal hearings with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail. Effective informal and formal Mediation skills.
- Experience of managing complex cases, including undertaking assessments, support planning and review in a child-centered approach.
- The ability to effectively manage staff and their workloads.
This is a rewarding role which will challenge your analytical skills, and your ability to support staff, and communicate and explain complex decisions and processes to schools and parents.
We are currently implementing our Smarter Ways of Working as we recognise that work is what you do and not necessarily where you go. Our aim is to balance the needs of our employees with service delivery and, for the majority of our roles, to enable our people to be able to work remotely wherever possible.
We also offer:
- Flexible working, including flexi leave up to 24 days per year
- Generous annual leave entitlements with opportunity to buy up to 10 days additional leave per year
- Access to our Employee Assistance Programme – a 24 hour independent, free and confidential advice and support service
- Family and carer friendly policies
- Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
- Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, Cycle 2 Work Scheme and a staff discount card.
For further information or an informal discussion regarding this role, please contact; Amanda Hana (StART Manager) on; 07341049240.
Interviews will take place on 13th and / or 14th May 2012 using a secure video conferencing. Interview date to be confirmed.
This post will require a Disclosure and Barring check for regulated activity with children and adults.
This post if covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.
Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and a commitment to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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