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SEND Officer
  • Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Reference: 9076
  • Published: Tue 25/02/2020, 10:25 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 29/03/2020, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £23,836 - £26,459 per annum
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Watling House, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

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SEND Officer

Team: SEND Team

Job Family: CBG8 - Supporting

Salary: £23,836 - £26,459 per annum 

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: 37 hours per week

Base Location: Watling House, Dunstable

Closing Date: 29th March 2020
Interview Date: 3rd April 2020  


More about the role:

Central Bedfordshire Council would like to offer the opportunity to work as a SEND Officer with the SEND Team within Children’s Services. We are currently recruiting to multiple posts in-line with an agreed expansion of the existing team from April 2020. Successful applicants will have proven experience of working within the parameters of the SEND Code of Practice, a working knowledge of SEND Legislation and procedures and a history of working directly with children and young people with SEND. 


About the SEND Team

The SEND team is responsible for carrying out statutory duties and processes linked to Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) for children and young people with SEND aged 0-25. The team works with children, young people, parents and professionals to co-produce education, health and care plans and agreeing provision and educational placement.


Other duties of the team include:

  • receipt and decision-making regarding requests for EHC Needs Assessments
  • gathering information during the EHC Needs Assessment
  • co-ordination and writing of EHCPs
  • monitoring of annual reviews (please note: the team's attendance is not a statutory requirement)
  • processing of annual review documentation
  • consulting with schools and supporting school admissions for pupils with an EHCP
  • preparation of cases for our SEND panels and providing feedback to parents and settings
  • case management and work regarding SEN Tribunals (SENDIST)
  • providing advice to schools, parents and professionals regarding statutory processes
  • facilitation of training regarding statutory processes for professionals and parents


About the SEND Officer Role

Our SEND Officers work closely with their allocated Senior SEND Officer and are responsible for oversight and management of processes regarding the EHC Needs Assessment Process and monitoring and review of EHCPs. 


Main duties of the role include; 

  • working as directed by the Senior SEND Officer to ensure effective management of a caseload of EHCPs and new assessments.
  • co-ordination of the EHC Needs Assessment process; including liaising with parents/carers/young people and settings, requesting and collating professional advice and evidence and ensuring adherence to statutory timescales. 
  • management of the monitoring and review of existing EHCPS; including amending and issuing EHCPs following a review and attending review meetings in complex cases
  • oversight of the phase transfer process for pupils commencing the next stage of education
  • ensuring accurate data and record keeping
  • providing advice to schools, parents and professionals regarding statutory processes
  • providing training regarding statutory processes for professionals and parents
  • consulting with schools and supporting school admissions for pupils with an EHCP
  • attending meetings and Local Authority Panels as required
  • representing the SEND team as part of the wider Children’s Services Team


Join us, and take advantage of our rewards package, agile working and the chance to learn and progress. Find your greatness by helping us to deliver better services to the local community.


Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.


For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Joe Watts at or call 0300 300 4734.


For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The Recruitment Team at



Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records.  


Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.


To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline. If you do not have a CV to hand, please look on our website for a CV template that you can use to create your CV to apply for this role.


How to Apply

Please apply online via the link provided. Please note, we do not accept CV’s submitted without a fully completed online application form.

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