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SEN Caseworker

SEN Caseworker

Posted 11 April by Brampton Training and Consultancy Easy Apply Featured Ended

SEN Caseworker

£175.92 per Day Umbrella PAYE including holiday rate

West London

Contracted

JOB PURPOSE:

The SEN Service operates in a fast paced, complex interpersonal environment focused on children
and young people with high level and complex special educational needs, their parents/carers,
schools and other professionals, and requires an enhanced level of communication and case
management skills.

The SEN Service administers and is responsible for statutory SEN functions contained within the
Education Act 1996 and the Children and Families Act 2014. The service is customer facing and
has significant contact with members of the public and other professionals from within and outside
of the council, schools and other settings. Consequently, the service needs to manage crucial
interfaces with support services, including Children’s Social Care and Health, as well as
maintaining excellent multi agency working relationships

The SEN Case Workers will provide proactive and comprehensive oversight of all SEN casework.
Supporting the service to undertake its activities in keeping with both the process and timescales
outlined in the Children’s & Families Act 2014 and the SEND Code of Practice

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
1. Manage and process, under the direction of the responsible EHCP Coordinator,
statutory and non-statutory casework within legal and internal timelines for an allocated
caseload, including complex cases and those involving appeal hearings and other legal
proceedings.
2. Provide support to the EHCP Coordinator on casework issues involving written and oral
communication with parents and a range of professionals, including: school staff,
Educational Psychologists, Medical Officers, Social Workers and LA Officers. Arrange,
attend and minute meetings as required by the EHCP Coordinator.
3. Ensure that all staff who may be involved in a particular case are kept informed of any
developments so that appropriate liaison/ joint action may occur
4. Arrange the recommended educational placements and travel assistance for children with
special educational needs and follow established administrative procedures for regular
monitoring and review.
5. Liaise with other authorities on a range of issues including placement of Children Looked
After, applications for places in Special Schools in the borough and setting up, monitoring
and reviewing of arrangements for supporting children in other authorities.
6. Collate information, arrange pre-hearing meetings, prepare and update documents in
relation to cases to be heard by the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.
7. Maintain and update on a regular basis, the information held on the SEN service records
and databases and to retrieve data and produce management information reports as
required. Ensure that client confidentiality is maintained in line with Council’s policy.
8. Monitor and review all cases on a weekly basis to ensure that timescales are being met,
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liaising and discussing cases with named EHCP Coordinator and take any necessary
follow up action.
9. To be responsible for ensuring a smooth transfer of pupils with statements of special
educational needs from primary school to secondary school, infant to junior school and
those transferring to Post 16 educational provision.
10. To be responsible for monitoring Annual Review procedures to ensure that each pupil's
statement is reviewed annually.
11. Act as first point of contact for a wide range of written and oral queries from internal and
external customers in relation to all SEN matters.
12. To be responsible for ensuring that school fee invoices are processed accurately on the
Financial System.
13. To be responsible for informing the Finance Officer when EHCPs are finalised or
ceased or when there is a change in funding so that funds can be released into or
withdrawn from the appropriate school budget.
14. Maintain an up to date knowledge relating to SEN casework, including changes to
national legislation and departmental policies
15. Support colleagues by contributing to the development of an efficient and effective team,
contribute to and implement the SEN service objectives as laid out in the Service Plan.
16. Act responsibly in order to build mutual confidence and respect and foster effective
relationships with all
17. To attend and contribute to working parties to review, develop and improve
procedures.
18. Carry out other duties as reasonably required.

Key requirements:

Knowledge & Experience:
Essential

  • IT literate including using database technology, and Excel
  • Ability to work without constant supervision, to work independently as part of a
    team and under pressure
  • Excellent organisational skills, including the capacity to manage competing
    demands and meet deadlines within timescales.
    Desirable
  • Knowledge and experience of children’s services.
  • Strong knowledge of local education, health and social care provision Experience
    of administering SEN Statutory Assessment processes
  • Experience of working with school staff at all levels

Please note Brampton group can only offer an Umbrella rate for this position

Required skills

  • Case Management
  • Caseload
  • Schools
  • SEN
  • Social Care

Reference: 34398100

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