Education Health Care Officer

Posted 23 February by Aatom Recruitment

Umbrella rate at £27.00 per hour

Working on behalf of a Local Authority, Aatom Recruitment has an excellent opportunity for an experienced Education Health Care Officer on a 3 month contract with a possibility of an extension. They would like someone who has the experience and knowledge in the following:

Purpose of the role -

To have case management responsibility for a caseload of children, young people and their families who are undergoing an education, health and care assessment or have a an education, health and care plan, ensuring a person centred approach and a culture of 'putting our residents first' is maintained. This will include undertaking SEND key working functions during the assessment process.

Duties and Responsibilities -

  • A case load of children and young people (CYP) with special educational needs and disability (SEND) and ensuring the statutory assessment process from 0 to 25 years is undertaken within the statutory deadlines
  • Attending and chairing meetings with families and professionals to undertake the assessment process
  • Drafting outcome focussed initial Education Health & Care (EHC) Plan to capture basic information and support the Special Needs Officer with producing statutory EHC Plans
  • Managing the statutory assessment process, working in partnership with parents/carers, children and young people and external agencies, ensuring children and young people are centrally involved and consulted with in line with the Children and Families Act 2014 and Code of Practice
  • Ensuring all transitions between education settings and/or life phases are well managed and seamless, with children, young people and their parents/carers involved in planning for their transition to adulthood
  • Providing information, advice and guidance to support planning including preparation for adulthood for CYP
  • To work closely with Special Needs Officer (SNO) to ensure effective and timely delivery of the EHC assessment process and EHC plans
  • Attending annual review and transfer review meetings to provide information, advice and guidance to CYP, parent/carers and professionals and draw up EHC Plans.
  • Undertake key working functions for a caseload of CYP with SEND who are in the process of an education, health and care assessment;
  • ensure that all EHC assessments in the caseload are completed within the statutory deadlines and guidelines and delivered following person centred principles ;
  • write draft outcome focussed EHC Plans based on evidence from CYP, their parents/carers, schools and other professionals involved with the CYP;
  • Be responsible for the compilation of all the information received for CYP including case preparation for Disability Panel;
  • plan and attrnd/chair person centred SEND meetings with CYP, families and professionals across education, health, social care and voluntary sector;
  • co-ordinating services and practitioners around the CYP and family;
  • Attend Tribunal planning meetings and support the SNO with collating evidence and preparing case statements;
  • Ensure that practice is in accordance with legislation and the council's polices and practice with particular reference to Health and Safety, Child Protection and Safeguarding Children and Young People

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience -

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • BTEC Level 3 SEN Casework Award or willingness to undertake
  • Up to date knowledge of the SEN legislation and guidance
  • Proven experience of working with children and young people with special educational needs and their families.
  • Evidence of working with partners, such as schools and professionals to deliver integrated services to children and young people.
  • Experience of planning and delivering support packages for children and young people with complex needs and evaluating outcomes.
  • Good understanding of issues affecting children and young people and the nature of services available to them.
  • Knowledge of assessment principles and processes and ability to work in an outcome -focused way.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with a range of professionals.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation e.g. the SEN Code of Practice, Equality Act, Children Act, Children and Families Act, Care Act and ability to apply this to practice.
  • Understanding of child protection and adult safeguarding procedures in education settings.
  • Knowledge and understanding of how early years settings, schools and FE colleges operate.
  • knowledge of school and college funding and in particular funding for CYP with SEND.

Required skills

  • Children
  • Education
  • Parents
  • Young People
  • Families
  • SEND
  • Carers
  • Healh Care
  • Disability Service

Application questions

Have you worked in a similar role before for the local authority?
Do you have excellent communication skills?
Do you have excellent organisationals skills?
Are you immediately available?
Are you happy in doing a 3 month contract role with a possibility of an extension?

Reference: 34545207

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