The starting salary for this role is £31,273 per annum based on a 36 hour working week.
Are you passionate about SEND, solution-focused and ready for a challenge? If so, come and join us!
Surrey County Council is on an exciting and ambitious journey within SEND and we are looking for people to join us in the Children’s Commissioning Service. The Commissioning Service is at the centre of Children’s Services in Surrey, driving change and innovation with a relentless focus on improving outcomes for children and young people across Surrey.
We are looking for a passionate person with strong SEND knowledge and experience to join a dynamic Commissioning team focussed on specialist placements for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities with an Education, Health and Care Plan.
This particular role will ensure strategic oversight of children and young people who require a change of placement. In this role you will make placements which enable children and young people to be supported and to achieve their potential throughout their academic career. This may include placements in maintained specialist provision, independent and non-maintained sector and/or vocational pathways.
The role will include:
- Establishing and embedding key lines of communication across partners, stakeholders and services, both internal and external to Surrey, ensuring compliance with statutory SEN processes and provision of an efficient service for families.
- Developing positive relationships with headteachers and sector leads to help drive and deliver an effective service to our residents.
- Leading on and coordinating movement between settings and other Local Authorities for individual pupils with close liaison with services e.g. Virtual School, Schools Finance, Admissions and Vulnerable Leaners.
- Contributing to the strategic developments which ensure adequate SEND sufficiency across the County, liaising with senior management to raise awareness of risks and issues relating to placement sufficiency, and supporting forecasting activities.
You will need sound knowledge of SEND legislation and processes alongside effective communication and problem-solving skills. The ability to work well under pressure to tight timescales and the ability to process and organise high volumes of data will be essential.
As a member of our team, you will be a part of the continuous improvement of our service, monitoring and evaluation of processes, analysing feedback and responding to any changes in legislation.
We are an operational commissioning service based in Woking but working across Surrey. We are a lively and busy service brokering individual placements for children and young people as well as quality assuring and monitoring provision.
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The job advert closes at 23:59 on 26.09.2021 with interviews to follow.
This is a 12 month secondment / fixed term contract.
An Enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.
For an informal discussion please contact Andrew Stowell by e-mail at email@example.com.
We look forward to receiving your application. Please click on the apply online button below to submit.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.