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Placement Commissioning Officer (SEN)
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Salary: AFC Sp29-32 (£33,948 - £36,711 pa)
Appointment Type: Permanent
Job Term: Full Time
Hours: 36
Location: Kingston

We are looking for an enthusiastic proactive and confident individual to work within the commissioning team.

About the role
At present, the commissioning team is working full capacity which does have a negative impact as referrals and sourcing effective placements. With a bigger team, we aim to support and source effective placements. Individuals will be more responsible for specified roles and responsibilities which will ensure to deliver services on time and reduce major and recurring placements costs.

As Commissioning Officer SEN for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for:
  • Acting as a single point of access for commissioning placements
  • To contribute to the delivery of strategic commissioning intentions identified as part of the Commissioning Service and its partners. 
  • To deliver delegated activities or products in relation to commissioning, contract management, policy, and planning activity as identified. 
  • To undertake quality assurance tasks (including visits) to ensure compliance with agreed processes and standards including regulatory and inspection frameworks.
  • To utilise contract management tools to ensure data and information are timely, accurate and complete. 
  • To assist in the coordination with a range of providers/organisations and individuals, researching and drafting correspondence. In addition, the management of specific tasks, lead reporting and analysis across a range of specialities, functions, and projects will be required to be undertaken. 
  • Collating data as required and providing up to date statistical information on a monthly and annual basis
This is a fantastic role in a lively and supportive team.

About us
We have been up and running for four years, and in that time we have established a reputation as one of the leading children’s services providers in the country. We are one of the Department for Education’s eight ‘Partners in Practice’, tasked with leading improvement across the sector.

About you
To be Commissioning Officer for AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following points
  • To maintain an overview of and responsibility for identification and assessment systems for children with special educational needs 0-19 and to deliver a high-quality service in relation to identification, assessment, and placement of pupils with SEN in line with statutory legislation*.
  • To lead area meetings with providers which consider commissioning of SEN support and funding 
  • To review the placements of pupils with SEN within the agreed framework
  • To ensure accurate data collection and returns in line with an agreed framework
  • A professional understanding of all the legal aspects of procurement and commissioning activity. 
  • An understanding of issues relating to children’s, education, health, and social care services. 
  • Able to communicate clearly, convincingly and sensitively, orally and in writing at all relevant levels to the role.
  • Experience of working in a busy environment, at times dealing with emergencies so the ability to work within a sense of urgency and multi-tasking
  • IT proficient with experience in handling different database systems
  • Demonstrable commitment to the principles and practice of equal opportunities in employment and service provision
  • Demonstrable negotiating and project management skills 
  • Demonstrable understanding of safeguarding,  confidentiality and data protection in relation to social care legislation 
In return, we will offer you high-quality support and development opportunities. Our learning and development offer was highlighted as a key strength by the judging panel when they named us Social Work Employer of the Year in 2016.

Find out more

For more information about AfC and the role please click here

 To view the job description and person specification for this role please click here

Alternatively, you can attend one of our Recruitment Drop-Ins to 'Meet the Employer', which we hold every last Thursday or Friday of each month. To register for a drop in session, please click here

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Priya Saravanan, for an informal discussion.

The benefit of working for Achieving for Children
As a social enterprise owned by three local authorities (Kingston, Richmond and Windsor & Maidenhead), we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. We offer a range of excellent staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements, cycle to work scheme, annual season ticket loan, childcare vouchers, and discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centers and much more.

The successful candidate will have access to:
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities and schemes of support
  • A competitive and desirable retention package (to include a generous local government pension scheme)
  • Retention of continuous service benefits, for those moving from a local government post
  • A clear progression path when key qualification milestones are reached
  • Tools and models to support practice, including Signs of Safety
  • Reflective supervision from an experienced management team
Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. However, should you not declare an offence that is subsequently revealed, e.g. through the DBS check, then this may place your appointment in jeopardy.
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