The Children and Families Act became statutory on 1st September 2014. This brought about significant changes to the way that we provide for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). In recognition of this, there has been considerable investment into the SEND Assessment and Commissioning Team (SENDACT) and an opportunity has arisen to lead the team through this exciting period of development.
We are looking for an energetic and dynamic person to lead SENDACT and to play a key role in improving the outcomes for our children and young people with SEND. You will be joining the SENDACT Team at an exciting time as we develop our ways of working and our person centred approach to supporting children and young people with SEND and their parents and carers.
In recognition of the importance of this work, this is one of two leadership posts and it focuses on both the leadership of the team itself alongside the development of rigorous quality assurance processes to help us offer the best service to our families.
There is an expectation that you will work closely with our parent/carers and will meet with the SENDACT monitoring group each term to report on progress and plan for further developments.
You will work within the legal requirements of the Children and Families Act 2014 and associated SEND Code of Practice: 0 to 25 to ensure:
- Coordinated, person centred, outcome focussed and holistic Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment, planning and review.
- Concise, accessible and high quality EHC Plans that identify appropriate provision and support and are forward looking, with planning for key transition points.
- Statutory compliance including statutory timescales.
You will have strategic oversight of systems and process (including panel arrangements) to ensure they are sufficiently robust to enable timely decision making and effective commissioning across Education, Health and Social Care. This will include commissioning specialist placements (special schools, specialist provisions and independent special schools/colleges), personalised packages and personal budget arrangements.
You will also have:
- Proven leadership experience of managing a large team or similar, ideally within a children & young people setting.
- An absolute commitment to the principles of co-production when working with parents, carers and children and young people.
- Extensive knowledge of the Children and Families Act, part 3, and of working working within an SEND Assessment and Commissioning discipline.
- Extensive experience of working in a multi-agency way, particularly with education, health and social care.
- Proven experience of leading a team through periods of change.
- A clear understanding and awareness of the impact of SEND on individuals and families.
- Experience and knowledge of budget preparation and financial/budgetary management and control.
- High level of written and verbal presentation and communication skills.
- Ability to travel across the local authority on a regular basis, and further afield as required.
An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will be required for this job. A conviction may not exclude candidates from appointment but will be considered as part of the recruitment process.
In order to be short-listed for this job please demonstrate how you meet the Person Checklist as detailed on the attached Job Profile - this information needs to be inserted under the 'Relevant skills, experience and behaviours' section on the Application Form. CV’s will not be accepted.