Special Educational Needs (SEN) Caseworker - secondment/fixed term opportunity until 31 March 2022 due to funding
Band: 5, Salary: £20,159 - £21,841
37 hours per week
Portsmouth City Council
At Portsmouth City Council we're all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.
With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority's main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.
Your New Role
Portsmouth City Council’s Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team is a specialist team within the Inclusion Service of Portsmouth City Council. The team’s work is entirely statutory and involves identifying and assessing learners’ difficulties, and making and reviewing the educational arrangements for approximately 1000 Portsmouth learners.
The SEN Caseworker is the first point of contact for enquires to the SEN team and will support the SEND Adviser and SEN Team Leader through undertaking the statutory casework involved in identifying, assessing, making and reviewing the education, health & care planning arrangements of children / young people special educational needs and disabilities. The SEN Caseworker will routinely request, receive and distribute reports from education, health and social care professionals. In addition you will provide information and advice schools and to parents of children / to young people with special educational needs and disabilities and signposting them to services as necessary.
What you'll need to succeed
The role of SEN Caseworker is busy, challenging and requires the successful candidate to demonstrate and develop a wide range of skills, knowledge and abilities including excellent time management skills with a keen eye for detail and the ability to prioritise often competing pressures to ensure delivery of work. The SEN Caseworker must possess a high level of proven administration skills and demonstrate exceptional empathetic skills as you will be working with vulnerable families who might feel overwhelmed by their circumstances and their concerns for their child’s education.
What you'll get in return
As well as highly competitive pay you'll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.