- Location: Stockport, England
- Salary: £14.63 - £17 per hour
- Type: Temporary / Full Time
- Contact: Sam Boggis
Seven Resourcing are looking for a temporary EHCP Caseworker to work in Stockport. This position is initially for a period of 6 months and is paying £14.63 – £17.00 per hour (PAYE and umbrella payment options are available). The working hours are Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm.
To manage an individual caseload involving complex children & young people, including early years with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and be able to react to changing priorities on a daily basis.
To formulate, draft and review high quality EHC plans, by analysing and collating information from a range of professionals though the statutory needs assessment process.
To plan and arrange cost effective travel arrangements to a number of educational and social care establishments, both within and outside the Borough of Stockport.
To manage parent/carer/professional expectations whilst working within resources available to ensure that SEND needs are identified within statutory timescales.
To provide an holistic approach by working collaboratively with parents/carers, children and young people and professionals to ensure that SEND and transport needs are identified in a timely manner and ensure that the views and wishes of the child/young person are integral to the assessment, planning and review process.
- To ensure that the Education Health and Care (EHC) assessment process is carried out efficiently, consistently and in line with Stockport’s EHC assessment process and the SEND Code of Practice, including meeting the prescribed, statutory timescales.
- To work sensitively and collaboratively with parents/carers, children and young people by acting as the named officer for the Local Authority for the EHC process.
- To use restorative approaches when dealing with challenging situations and when delivering difficult decisions/ recommendations.
- To ensure compliance with the DATA Protection Act 1998, using consent led information-sharing to maximise multi-agency working.
- To ensure all processes are carried out in accordance with the Children and Families Act 2014 and SEND Code of Practice 2014.
- To ensure all LAC children are appropriately placed within a timely manner adhering to specific LAC legislation.
- To ensure all pupils, including Early Years, with SEND are allocated appropriate provision on transition in line with statutory timescales.
- To ensure parents/carers, children and young people receive appropriate information and are aware of their rights under appropriate legislation so that they can make informed decisions.
- To ensure that all casework is legally compliant whilst remaining person-centred, pro-active and responsive to the needs of children and young people and paying due regard to the views of parents about the EHC process and available travel options.
- To manage relationships with families, young people and professionals effectively to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people.
- To be responsible for liaising with parents/carers and Head teachers/SENCOs where there is dissatisfaction with the outcome of statutory assessment, including the arrangement of further meetings with partners as required.
- To prepare cases for/attend decision making panels as required and deliver outcomes following panel in the most appropriate format i.e. face to face meetings, telephone or written correspondence.
- To chair and organise conciliation meetings where parents are in disagreement with Stockport Local Authority to prevent appeals to First Tier Tribunals (SENDIST Appeals).
- To assist in preparing information for the First Tier Tribunals (SENDIST Appeals).
- Through regular Pastoral visits to settings, to contribute towards a system of regular review and evaluation of users’ views of the effectiveness of the service and implement plans for improvement.
- To maintain and further develop strong working relationships with services, agencies and providers to contribute to effective multi-agency working.
- To represent the Council at statutory review meetings to ensure that the agreed provision is in place and continues to be appropriate and make appropriate recommendations as required.
- To effectively and immediately manage any emergency situations which may occur at school placement.
- To undertake any other duties as required by management commensurate with the post and grade
Experience: 1+ year of experience within a similar role.
Compliance: Proof of ability to work and live in the UK. Current DBS and 2 x references.
Travel: Clean UK driving license with the ability to commute to and from work independently.
Hours: 37.5 hours p/w.
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