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Designated SEND Social Care Officer

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Location
County Hall, Matlock
Reference
JOB/22/03763
Salary details
Grade 14 £48,007.00 - £53,561.00 per annum
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Fixed Term - Due to the provision of Specialist Services October 2023
Hours
37 hours per week
Closing Date
14 August 2022
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We have an exciting new opportunity to lead on developing social care elements of the SEND strategy across Derbyshire Children’s Services, in compliance with the SEND Code of Practice (2015). The DSCO will support with statutory responsibilities for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

This non-case holding role is at a senior team manager level which requires strategic practice, good negotiating skills and good working knowledge of both children’s social care processes and the SEND agenda, strengthening practice and generating solutions.

The role will sit within the Disabled Children’s Service as part of the Early Help and Safeguarding service, at our office base in Alfreton, however Derbyshire is implementing a blend of home and office working practices across the Council. There'll be an opportunity to discuss future working arrangements at interview. You will need to be able to travel to operational delivery sites and to Matlock as and when required.

The at this time post is being offered as a full-time, 12 months fixed term post, however with the potential of an extension or becoming permanent.

What will you be doing?

  • Identify areas where there are gaps in knowledge and/or practice in social care or non-compliance with the SEND Code of Practice – developing solutions and implementing strategies and plans to address this.
  • Be responsible for developing social care aspects of the Local Offer that provide relevant advice and information and meet all legislative requirements.
  • Ensure children social care is reflected in the local offer, coordinating EHC assessments with other social care assessments (CIN/CP/LAC reviews, PEPs etc.), understanding and experience in applying and managing various thresholds.
  • Working collaboratively with Education and Children Social Care colleagues to ensure we meet our statutory responsibilities under the Children & Families Act (2014) and Care Act (2014), and to drive forward organisational culture change aligned to the SEND reforms.
  • Influence others, build, and nurture effective partnerships to ensure there is a robust strategic response and clear processes and protocols in place that enhance SEND reforms, ensure our compliance with statutory guidance, and ensure the consistent high quality of EHCP’s.

 

What skills and experience do you need?

  • You will be a qualified Social Worker who has in-depth knowledge and understanding of both social care operations and the SEND reforms agenda.
  • Experience proved track record of leading and developing projects/services within and across services
  • We want you to be personable and adaptable, whilst having the ability to deal with sensitive issues relating to families and young people.
  • Excellent negotiation and influencing skills
  • Experience of application of research findings, policies and the development of good practice.
  • Ability to present high level reports to senior managers
  • Drive and determination for continuous practice improvement
  • Demonstrate commitment and passion for SEND; for communicating and coproducing with children, young people and families; and for inclusion

 

What benefits do we offer you?

  • An excellent Local Government Pension Scheme
  • 34 days annual leave and flexi-time scheme
  • travel expenses
  • discount on leisure centre memberships
  • free car parking at most sites
  • an in-house counselling service
  • occupational health service
  • access to sessions with a trained physiotherapist
  • access to an excellent range of training and development opportunities, including leadership and management development
  • and much more….

If this sounds like the next step in your career and you would like further information about the post from someone who is currently in this role – please contact Smruti Mehta, Assistant Director on 07824835545, or at smruti.mehta@derbyshire.gov.uk; or Abby Maspero, Head of Service, Disabled Children’s Service on 07583174279 or Abby.maspero@derbyshire.gov.uk

 

Due to this post having access to children and/or vulnerable adults, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. Click here to see our policy on criminal background checks.