Achieving for Children is a Community Interest Company that has a public sector ethos, combined with the freedom to innovate enabling us to do things differently. As a not-for-profit social enterprise owned by three local authorities (Windsor & Maidenhead, Kingston and Richmond), we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government.
We are responsible for the entire range of children’s education, health and social care services in all three boroughs. We use a Signs of Safety practice model and approach which ensures the voice of the child is at the heart of everything we do. There’s never been a better time to join AfC, we are growing our workforce, implementing new flexible working arrangements and have increased our virtual wellbeing offer.
We now have the following job opportunity available and we would be delighted to receive your application to continue our story.
We are offering a one-year fixed term contract for a SEND Assessment Coordinator (PfA) to join our Preparing For Adulthood Team within the SEND Service in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
This role is one that may be of interest to psychology or other social science graduates. It should also appeal to those who work with children and young people with SEN in educational settings, and with their families.
You will need to demonstrate an excellent knowledge of the SEND landscape and legislation along with highly refined interpersonal and organisational skills.
About the role
As a SEND Assessment Coordinator (PfA) for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for:
- Undertaking relevant casework for young people, including supporting work for Tribunal Cases.
- Attending annual reviews of EHC plans and update plans as required.
- Undertaking needs assessments of young people in relation to statutory requests for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC).
- Writing EHC plans that are legally compliant with the statutory requirements of the Children and Families Act 2014 and the SEND Code of Practice.
Please note this is a hybrid working role, including a mixture of home and office working. The interviews will take place in person at Maidenhead Town Hall.
For further information about this role, please contact Joanne Dixon by email Joanne.Dixon@achievingforchildren.org.uk for an informal discussion.
To be SEND Assessment Coordinator (PfA) for AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following points:
- Be educated to a degree level, with appropriate professional qualification/s or experience.
- Have knowledge and understanding of legislation, statutory frameworks and policy affecting services for children, young people and families in relation to SEND.
- Have experience of building and maintaining successful relationships with a range of stakeholders, including schools and colleges.
- Have a high level of determination, personal drive, energy and ambition to achieve challenging targets and improve outcomes.
- Have excellent organisational, planning and time management skills.
About our benefits
We are focused on creating a positive supportive environment, where you will have access to a really wide range of resources, as well as a competitive salary and all the perks to enable hybrid working. In AfC you will also have access to:
- 29 days annual leave, increasing to 33 days after 2 years and 35 days after 4 years.
- Tailored induction sessions commencing on the date you start working for AfC
- Stable and supportive leadership
- Hybrid and mobile working (between home and work) with latest technology to facilitate this
- Local Government salary and pension scheme (LGPS or Teachers Pension)
- Flexible working options - helping to keep a good work life balance
- A comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme
- A range of staff benefits and discounts
- An excellent learning and development offer to support your career pathway
Start dates: Achieving for Children have set start dates meaning successful candidates join on a set date in each month. Candidates are advised to prepare for this should a job offer be accepted to ensure eligible continuous service is not affected.
Right to work: The UK has introduced a new points-based immigration system affecting EU and Non-EU workers and sponsorship requirements. We advise checking the GOV.UK website for right to work guidance.
Equality: We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our teams. Achieving for Children are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.
Safeguarding: We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.