SEN Officer

Salary £140 - £150.05 per day
1. Manage and process, under the direction of the responsible SEN Key-Worker, 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 SEN Key-Worker 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 SEN Key-Worker.
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 Tri-borough Special Schools and the 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 files and databases and to retrieve data and produce management information reports as required. Ensure that client confidentiality is maintained in line with City Council Policy.
8. Monitor and review all cases on a weekly basis to ensure that timescales are being met, liaising and discussing cases with named SEN Key-Worker 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 statements 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.