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Independent Advice and Support Officer

  • Employer: Camden Council
  • Reference: 1200
  • Published: Fri 06/05/2022, 16:40 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 05/06/2022, 16:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £30,000 - £39,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: London

Starting Salary: £31,434 per annum

Job Level: Level 3, Zone 1

Work Location: 5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG

Hours per week: 36, Full-time

Contract Type: Permanent  

Closing Date: Monday 23rd May 2022, 23:59pm

Interviews to be held: TBC

Alternative flexible working options available / open to discussion 

Anonymised Application – in keeping with Camden’s commitment to inclusion the recruitment to this role is anonymised and supports the objective of reducing the impact of unconscious bias.

** AGENCY STAFF, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO APPLY - Please do not click on the Apply Now tab at the bottom of this page as your application will not be considered. **

About Us

‘Camden is building somewhere everyone can thrive, by making our borough the best place to live, work, study and visit. Because, we’re not just home to UK’s fast-growing economy. We’re home to the most important conversations happening today. And we’re making radical social change a reality, so that nobody gets left behind. Here’s where you can help decide a better future for us all.

The Service offers support to schools, professionals and others working with parents/carers and CYP with SEN/Disabilities (SEND) in promoting impartiality, choice and rights as well as helping parent/carers and CYP, (Children and Young People), express their views, either in writing or verbally. 

The Role

To provide impartial information, advice and direct support to enable parents/carers, children and young people (CYP) aged 16-25 with special educational needs and or disabilities in accordance with the Children & Families Act 2014, Equalities Act 2010, SEN Code of Practice and other relevant statutory guidance.  This will involve interpreting and providing guidance on relevant legislation, statutory guidance, local authority policy and procedure to families, CYP, colleagues, Head teachers, SENDCOs, local authority officers and professional staff from health and social care.

SENDIASS helps parent/carers and CYP understand professional reports and supports them to work in partnership, whilst developing their knowledge, confidence, and self-esteem, enabling them to feel empowered, understood and to participate effectively. We work with parents/carers, children’s centres, schools, colleagues, and others to actively seek solutions to difficulties encountered by CYP and their parents/carers at early years settings, schools or colleges, ensuring the experiences of Camden families and young people, contribute to the good working practices of schools and the LA.

The role would require attendance at national and regional training and conferences, to maintain up to date knowledge of SEND Legislation and SENDIASS developments, as well as facilitating training workshops for parent/carers, (via the Parent Carer Forum), and SEND training workshops for Camden professionals.

SENDIASS ensures parent/carers and CYP are aware of and meet all statutory deadlines and offers representation at the First Tier Tribunal for those with language or SEND barriers to enable their full participation.

About You

You will be required to have IPSEA qualification (SEN Advisor Legal Training – Level 2).

The ideal post holder would have knowledge of educational legislation and procedures for children and young people aged 16-25 with special educational needs and or disabilities, along with knowledge of the law relating to disability discrimination, exclusion, and bullying.

You should have the ability to interact effectively with parents and carers, providing advice about the statutory processes, to ensure that they are well informed and aware of their legal rights under the relevant SEN legislation. Along with understanding of disagreement resolution, conciliation, and mediation, with the ability to mediate, negotiate and use diplomacy with others in a variety of settings including schools, and with vulnerable families.

Ideally, the post holder would have knowledge of local communities, schools, and their surrounding areas, with the ability to establish and maintain strong and trusting relationships and boundaries with vulnerable families and professionals.

The post holder would have the ability to work to confidentiality protocols and share information which relates to the safeguarding and protection of children and young people, whilst respecting the confidential and sensitive nature of the written and verbal information.

You will have the ability to access the needs of CYP and their families, whilst using your own initiative, problem solving and managing a demanding workload with a requirement to provide complex and sensitive information to stakeholders including parents/carers, children, young people, officers and professional colleagues.

The ideal post holder would have the ability to co-ordinate and deliver training programmes/events and presenting information to groups in seminars and workshops with additional experience of health and safety requirements, ensuring safe working practice in Health and Safety and other relevant policies whilst carrying out their duties.

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  • Employer: Camden Council
  • Reference: 1200
  • Published: Fri 06/05/2022, 16:40 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 05/06/2022, 16:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £30,000 - £39,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: London

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