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The School-Aged Speech and Language Therapy Service is part of Surrey County Council’s local offer to support the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities of children and young people within mainstream schools and specialist provision. The Service is part of the Vulnerable Learners Team in Surrey's Children, Schools and Families Directorate, and as such works collaboratively with other teams such as Educational Psychology, Learning and Language Support, REMA and Behaviour Support.
The main function and aim of the service is for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs to receive the right support at the right time. This is achieved through assessment and intervention, equipping families and professionals with the skills and resources to work together to help and support children with SLCN. We work with children and young people with EHCPs (Education, Health & Care Plan) and those at SEN (Special Education Needs) support.
We are a large team (over 150) of both qualified therapists and non-qualified therapy assistants. We have excellent supervision and CPD models. Last year we presented at the South Central Hub Event for our innovative work with student placements.
We work closely with the SCALES project lead; Courtney Norbury to learn from the research to inform practice.
Surrey has an ambition to ensure that children are educated close to home and that they receive the right provision to meet their needs. There are a number of children who have had to be educated away from home, for whom there are now local options.
The key objectives of this role are:
- To support the identification of CYP who have been placed in independent specialist provision and who might return to provision closer to home as part of our specialist placement expansion plans
- For the identified cohort to provide consultation, assessment and advice to settings, family carers and SEND colleagues in line with the preparation for adulthood framework
- To ensure the CYP is fully supported to participate in discussions about their future and to ensure that their views are considered
- To ensure that family carers are equal and active participants in any individual casework
- For the identified cohort to provide consultation, assessment and advice to settings, family carers and SEND colleagues in line with the preparation for adulthood framework. This may include attendance at annual reviews and review of annual review paperwork
- To liaise with commissioning teams and maintained Surrey schools to support transition to a setting closer to home where agreed
- To influence systems change which can support the closer to home ambition whilst ensuring that the needs of CYP are met
To apply and be considered for this position your application will clearly evidence:
- Speech and Language Therapist background with at least 5 years post graduate experience and specific experience working with young people in a school environment
- Knowledge of the National Curriculum and Code of Practice and experience in working within the Balanced system Framework
- Knowledge of the Preparation for Adulthood Agenda
- Flexibility to adapt both clinical approach and communication style to ensure that assessment, reports, therapy inputs and outcomes are functional and client centred
- Experience of training and positively influencing practice in large staff teams
- Experience of line managing and supporting others
- A BSc (Hons) degree or equivalent in Speech and Language Therapy
- Registered membership of the Health and Care Professions Council
- Registered membership of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
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For an informal discussion contact Barbara Paulger by e-mail at Barbara.firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to receiving your application.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 23/04/2021. Interviews will take place week commencing 03/05/2021.
Based at either Quadrant Court, Woking GU22 7QQ, Fairmount House, Leatherhead, KT22 7AH, Consort House, Redhill, RH1 1YB.
This is a 12 month secondment / fixed term contract.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.