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EHCP Coordinator
 
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EHCP Coordinator
Salary - £31,548 - £33,948 | Based in Kingston | Permanent | Full time

There’s never been a better time to join Achieving for Children (AfC), we were awarded OUTSTANDING in our October 2019 Kingston Ofsted inspection.

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
Coordinators manage the Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan process to ensure that children and young people with SEND aged 0-25 receive appropriate assessments, services and provision from Education, Health and Social Care.  

As an EHCP Coordinator for Achieving for Children, you will be 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 SEN 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.  
  • Undertaking statutory SEN assessment and placement processes in an efficient and timely manner, reaching appropriate placement decisions for children and young people aged 0-25, including being responsible for managing the arrangements for Secondary and Key Stage Transfer through liaison with the admission service, schools and parents/carers. 
  • Working 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. 
  • Managing processes for Annual Reviews, Transition Reviews, provision and placement requests and requests to change parts of the EHCP. Coordinators are also expected to lead Annual Reviews as required and to input into monitoring systems for the management of all Review processes.
  • Meeting with parents, schools and other agency representatives in order to negotiate, identify and develop positive solutions where children and young people have a complex range of needs. 
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 an EHCP Coordinator 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:  
  • 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 profile.  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, as outlined in the Role Profile. 

Closing Date: 14/08/2020
Interview date: TBC 

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Catherine Marks, Deputy SEND Service Manager, on catherine.marks@achievingforchildren.org.uk to request an informal discussion.    

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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