Senior SEN Caseworker- South East London

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Senior SEN Caseworker- South East London. SEN, Senior Caseworker, Youth Work, youth offending, YOT. £24.00 per hour.

Your new company

You will be working within a service for a specialist team where you will be working with disadvantaged young people and making a positive difference to their life's.

What they say -

"If you want to affect real change and help build something truly special then Lewisham is the place to be. We value people who are adaptable, innovative and seek to make a positive change. No matter where you start within the Council, you’ll be given the tools you need to build a promising career."

Your new role

To be responsible for assessing and reviewing the special educational needs of Lewisham pupils including the shared supervision and development of staff to understand SEN within the service.

To monitor the efficient use of resources in relation to pupils with statements of special educational need/ Education Health and Care Plans.

To ensure that all pupils with special educational needs are appropriately placed in accordance with panel decisions.

To ensure that every effort is made to reach agreement with parents and carers through the use of mediation and conflict resolution.

To carry out all duties under the direction of the team manager as informed by the assessment and placement panels. Summary of responsibilities and personal duties:


  1. To be responsible for assessing and monitoring the special educational needs of Lewisham pupils.
  2. To meet with parents, advocates and professional agencies at a range of locations to represent the LEA and to negotiate appropriate provision to meet children's needs.
  3. To work with parents in assessing and monitoring statements of special educational need/ Education, Health and Social Care Plans, encouraging, participation and engagement in processes.
  4. To share responsibility for the supervision and development of including the shared supervision and development of staff to understand SEN within the service.
  5. To brief the SEN assessment manager and panel members on proposed pupil placements, costs and travel assistance implications.
  6. To process applications for assisted transport and make arrangements and resolve any issues for pupils with special educational need.
  7. To issue revised drafts, final or revised final statements of special educational needs/ Education, Health and Care Plans following the decisions of the SEN panel.
  8. To represent the LA at annual reviews as necessary, and to contribute to the formal process by providing schools, parents and professionals with advice.
  9. To ensure that all reviews of statements are carried by schools annually and that the procedures adopted by schools are in line with Lewisham policy on SEN and meet statutory obligations.

10. To liaise with the admissions team to ensure that the SEN Team has access to up to date information
about vacancies in schools and specialist units. 11. To liaise closely with the Education Welfare Service to ensure that it is aware of pupils with SEN who are out of school.

What you'll need to succeed

Must have SEN experience
Knowledge of Education and SEN law and processes.
Understanding of areas of SEN and ability to relate this to Lewisham's Equal Opportunities policies.
Knowledge and understanding of IT Systems using databases —Excel/Word. Aptitude:
Ability to manage staff and to complete complex processes within set deadlines.
Ability to update and retrieve information held on a database.
Able to use the Internet/Intranet.
Able to work in time-pressured environments using complex systems.
Organisational skills — ability to work to tight deadlines and in complex situations

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