In Solihull we are committed to improving the lives of Children and Young People with SEND. It is an exciting time on our improvement journey and we are looking for people with a real passion and enthusiasm to help shape the future of our EHCP Service.
Are you experienced in special educational needs and looking for a new challenge with responsibility in an exciting and fast paced role?
Due to an increased number of SEND referrals within the Solihull borough and the addition of a new role, we are looking for an additional Senior EHCP Officer to join our team, with a specialism in SEND Tribunals
As a Senior Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) Officer, you will:
- Lead on all Tribunal cases and represent the LA in hearings, supported by a strong and positive team, including a specialist education legal advisor.
- support the service’s complex case work, including ISP placements and/or lead a small team of EHCP Officers.
- work with families, carers, children and young people, providing support from the point of referral through to the assessment, support planning and review stages in line with the SEND Code of Practice.
- undertake training, support, mentoring and supervision to staff members in writing quality EHCPs, including SMART outcomes and specific provision as well as other statutory letters.
- benefit from great close working relationships, 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.
These posts would suit an experienced SEND officer who can manage a varied workload, may have legal experience and has managed complex cases.
You will have:
- a relevant qualification (e.g. teaching, social work, child care, psychology) or extensive experience of working in an Educational setting, EHC Plan Coordinator role or other role relating to the statutory SEND framework
- Ability, willingness and experience to prepare tribunal casework and present at SEND tribunal hearings with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
- experience and knowledge that 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
You will also need:
- Detailed knowledge of working to the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice and Statutory SEN processes.
- 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.
To benefit from the support of the wider EHCP Service, these roles are currently based in our collaborative open plan office space 3 days a week from Monday to Wednesday, working from home on a Thursday and Friday. The office is based in Central Solihull within walking distance of our shops and local amenities.
We provide a comprehensive training and development programme with a number of opportunities including supporting the SEND Caseworker Award.
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 staff discounts.
For further information or an informal discussion regarding this role, please contact; Amanda Hana (EHCP Service Manager) on; 07341049240.
Interviews will be held from the 4th February 2022 onwards
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our interview process is kept under constant review and alternatives to face to face interviews such as video conferencing / virtual interviews may be required. The interview process for this role will be confirmed upon shortlisting based on the guidance at that time and shortlisted candidates will be informed and advised accordingly.
Please note we do not accept CVs. Previous applicants need not apply.
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.
Closing date: 30 January 2022.