Independent Advice and Support Officer

Camden, London (Greater)
£30,066 - £34,538
17 Sep 2019
01 Oct 2019
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Independent Advice and Support Officer to join our multi-disciplinary team. The main objective for this post is to provide impartial information, advice and direct support to enable parents/carers, children and young people (CYP) aged 16-25 with special educational needs and or disabilities in accordance with the Children & Families Act 2014, Equalities Act 2010, SEN Code of Practice and other relevant statutory guidance. This will involve interpreting and providing guidance on relevant legislation, statutory guidance, local authority policy and procedure to families, CYP, colleagues, Head teachers, SENDCOs, local authority officers and professional staff from health and social care.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and will require an Enhanced DBS.

To be considered for this post the successful candidate will hold an IPSEA (SEN Advisor Legal Training) at a minimum Level 2 and ideally be working towards your Level 3. You will have an in-depth knowledge of educational legislation and procedures for children and young people aged 16-25 with special educational needs and or disabilities. Additionally you’ll have an understanding of the law relating to disability discrimination, exclusion and bullying and have the ability to mediate, negotiate and use diplomacy with others in a variety of settings, including schools and with vulnerable families. The ideal candidate will possess the ability to use their own initiative, excellent problem solving skills alongside managing a demanding workload. You will be a confident communicator who has the ability to promote partnership working, liaising with the client group and various teams and services both internally and externally.

About Camden 

Camden’s main offices are located in modern, award-winning offices at King’s Cross. You can expect an exceptional range of benefits including discounted access to the onsite leisure facilities with swimming pool, recognition and reward for high performance with progression and pay increases, flexible and agile working hours and access to a leading pension scheme.

Camden is proud to be the country’s first Timewise council and as part of this accreditation, we work to help parents balance work with childcare. This fits in with our aim to be leaders in innovative, flexible and part-time working that allows for different patterns of care and for parents to share childcare responsibilities.

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Make it work for you. Make it your Camden. 

Discover and Diversity

To “discover” more about Camden and our commitment towards diversity, equality and safeguarding, please visit our recruitment website

If you want to find out more about what it’s like to work at Camden to help you decide whether we’re a good fit for you, please click HERE to complete our online scenario based questionnaire. Please note, this does not form part of the application and will not be used as part of the selection process.

How to apply

To apply for this job please follow the "Apply" link. In the ‘Why you?’ section of the application form you will be expected to explain how you meet the key requirements for this role listed in this Job Profile attached at the bottom of this Advert. When explaining how you meet each of the requirements, please give examples that clearly demonstrate your skills, knowledge and experience. When writing your examples give a brief description of the situation or task but focus on the actions you took and the result of your actions. 

Camden is committed to making our recruitment practices barrier-free and as inclusive as possible for everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for people who have a disability or long-term health condition. If you would like us to do anything differently during the recruitment process, or provide any information in an alternative format, please contact us on 020 7974 6655, at, or post to 5 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG.

Closing dates for applications: Tuesday 1st October August 2019

Interviews to be held: TBC

Please quote reference: 190000JI

To view the Job Profile please click HERE