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PfA EHCP Coordinator
 
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Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) EHCP Coordinator
Salary range: Spinal Point 26 - 32 £32, 418 - £37,722 | Based in Kingston upon Thames | Permanent | Full time 36 hours per week


Achieving for Children recognise these are unprecedented times, but we continue to build capacity to support our most vulnerable groups. To do this we are continuing to attract talented professionals to join us as we continue to provide OUTSTANDING (Kingston ILACS Ofsted 2019) services.

If you have the skills that will enable us to continue to enhance our practice and improve outcomes for children further, we want to hear from you. We are looking for bright, enthusiastic people who have the passion and the drive to make a positive difference to children’s lives. By recognising and championing strengths we know we can make a real difference. It’s a genuine team effort in AfC. That’s why we want talented people, like you, to join us and help create a brighter future for children and families.

About the role
Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) Coordinators manage the Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan process to ensure that children and young people with SEND aged 14-25, and at year 8/9 transition with in the service, receive appropriate assessments, services and provision from Education, Health and Social Care. Coordinators are responsible for a caseload as defined by the Service Manager and have prime responsibility for coordinating the entire process with families to create an EHC Plan. This will include managing the EHC Needs Assessment, presenting requests to the SEND or SPI Panel, coordinating assessments from other agencies, drafting and finalising the plan with families.

 As part of this process the coordinator will be expected to act as a professional exemplar in carrying out all duties with a ‘can do’ attitude and continue to improve customer satisfaction levels for the service.
The coordinator will be expected to undertake duties in an efficient and timely manner, reaching appropriate placement decisions for children and young people aged 14-25, including being responsible for managing the arrangements for Phase Transfer and transitions through liaison with Social Care and Health services, schools/Colleges and parents/carers. Coordinators will work closely with service providers and families in order to ensure that the provision outlined in the EHC Plans is being effectively delivered and to take appropriate action where this is not the case. To support this coordinators will be expected to manage processes including Annual Reviews and take forward any requests to change parts of the EHCP. Coordinators will lead Annual Reviews as required and input into monitoring systems for the management of all Review processes.

As a PfA Coordinator you will be expected to be aware of the requirements for the participation of young people over compulsory school age and to advise professionals on aspects arising from mental capacity issues; have prime responsibility to ensure that young people have an appropriate transition plan in place in line with statutory requirements; keep up to date with good practice on how young people with SEND experience transition, including advice and consultation with agencies within AFC.
PfA coordinators will have specialist focus areas and following successful interview you would therefore be positioned in one of the following specialist areas: Mainstream (year 9 to 13); Specialist (year 9 onwards Year 20); College and NEET.

About AfC
We are a not-for-profit 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. To find out more about us click here.

About you
To be a PfA EHCP Coordinator in 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:
A passion for Achieving for Children’s vision, mission and values to support children and young people to live safe, happy, healthy and successful lives.
Strong organisational abilities including: time management, creative-thinking, problem-solving and multitasking.
Personal determination, drive, energy and ambition to overcome obstacles, achieve challenging objectives, celebrate success and deliver excellent outcomes for children. Taking a strength based approach to managing situations.
Commitment to resource-sharing and collaborative working within Achieving for Children and across organisational boundaries in the best interests of children and families.
Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills that are open, honest, persuasive and pragmatic, including excellent negotiation and influencing skills.

About our benefits
When you join AfC you will have access to:
Positive and supportive working environments - We have a highly supportive working environment in which managers are challenging and supporting in equal measures.
Positive work-life balance - Access to employee benefits and support forms part of our health and wellbeing offer.
A competitive salary and access to LA pension scheme - Our salaries are benchmarked against other local authorities.
A range of staff benefits and discounts managed via your own app - Staff can enjoy a wide range of discounts on sports and leisure activities and everyday shopping through AfC My Place.
Professional reflective supervision - Regular, high-quality reflective supervision which helps to build confidence is available to all.
Strong Management - A strong performance management culture, with an equally strong focus on practice learning is embedded across the organisation.
A fantastic learning and development offer - A clearly set out and accessible learning and development pathway, offering an extensive range of training and learning opportunities is accessible for all. This includes funding for post qualifying courses.
To find out about all of the breadth of benefits of working for Achieving for Children click here

Start dates
Achieving for Children have fixed start dates, candidates are advised to prepare for this should a job offer be accepted to ensure eligible continuous service is not affected.

To apply
If you would like more information about this role please see our role profiles:

Role profile.pdf

Role Profile.pdf

Please apply online including a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria for this post detailing what skills, knowledge, experience and abilities you can bring to the role.

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Marianna Dal Pozzo, 14-25 PfA Service Manager for SEND, on marianna.dalpozzo@achievingforchildren.org.uk or 07704 547 411to request an informal discussion.

(COVID-19) - information for job applicants

Given the ongoing situation, we reserve the right to extend the closing date for this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Interviews will be arranged virtually. We feel that this is the correct and responsible decision to make in these exceptional circumstances in view of:
increased demand on the time of the council staff in response to the pandemic·
the need to support more vigilant public health measures.

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.
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