North Yorkshire County Council have a national reputation for excellence and we are looking for a SEN Casework Manager with a wide range of experience, knowledge and skills. We also welcome those who are looking to relocate.
The core focus of this job is to manage a team of SEN case workers providing professional expertise and leadership for the implementation of the Local Authority's statutory responsibilities and procedures for children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) across the whole age range 0 to 25.
The Directorate has established an integrated SEND Service (0-25) to provide an improved experience for children and young people with SEND and their families, including pathways and key points for assessment and decision making.
The role will involve monitoring progress of the children undergoing statutory assessment and supporting the SEN casework officers to address barriers in the process or in securing appropriate placements.
The role will involve working in an integrated way with a variety of partner agencies and organisations both internally within the County Council, and externally to ensure statutory responsibilities are fulfilled. The post holder will need to have a commitment to shared values and the common purpose of developing a culture of interagency working; including statutory bodies, third and private sector organisations.
This post will carry a small caseload of cases which are more complex (in terms of SEND process) than appropriate for management by the SEND Casework officer. This will include specific responsibility for caseloads within High Cost placements including Independent Specialist provision. Cases in the tribunal arena will be held by this post for the duration of the appeal.
Supervision and active oversight of the SEND Casework officer will apply where there is complaint escalation where first line response has not resolved the complaint, cases where there is a request or requirement for a move from mainstream to special school, out of area cases, cases where there is a sudden or unpredictable request for a change of placement (placement breakdown), cases requiring significant multi-agency working such as Looked After Children or those in the Criminal Justice System and any other case deemed as “complex” following supervision with the Locality SEND manager.
You will need to have communication skills that are effective in potentially difficult circumstances such as where complaints have escalated, in mediation or where there is dispute around the EHCP – this will include effective listening, negotiation skills, demonstrating empathy and the ability to regulate own communication style and emotions to the situation.
We would encourage applicants to contact Nicola Machon, Acting Lead for SEND on 01609 533138 or Amanda Millgate 01609 533215 SEND Hub Manager for an informal conversation.
To apply please click the Apply Now link below.