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EHC Assessment Officer

Role Responsibility

Our SEND Service is going through a major transformation and we are now recruiting several EHC Assessment Officers within the KCC Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Service. 

We have redesigned the way that we work in SEND from the bottom up and we have developed something that we think is unique in the country.  It offers an unparalleled variety of opportunities working in the largest authority in the country and we have ensured that there is investment in people through our continuous professional development offer.

In this role you will be expected to manage the Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHNA) process, and produce high quality Education, Health, and Care (EHC) plans within statutory timescales. You will be expected to work across all age ranges and phases of education, which will cover from Early Years to Post 16. You will need to write the EHC plan using the information gathered as part of the assessment and work collaboratively with wider professional agencies to ensure the outcomes specified in the EHC plan are identified and delivered.

The position of an EHC Assessment Officer is a highly demanding role and you will have responsibility for a large caseload. It will be essential that you have high levels of organisational and effective time management skills.  Frequent communication will be required with parent/carers, education providers, wider professionals and colleagues.

You will be required to understand and utilise data sets that are given to you to assist your daily work.  Furthermore, you will be expected to initiate, organise and represent KCC at meetings in relation to the SA process, with key stakeholders, both internal and external. These will include meetings such as co-production meetings, Ways Forward Meetings, tribunal discussions and other operational meetings. It is essential that you have a working knowledge of all of the relevant legislation around the world of SEND including the SEN Code of Practice, January 2015 and the Children and Families Act.

This post is subject to a Basic Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Interviews will be held w/c 20th February 2023 & w/c 27th February 2023

Contact Details

For more information about this role please see contact details below:

Lynda Onslow (EHC Assessment Team Manager) lynda.onslow@kent.gov.uk / 03000 415072  Stephanie Hewitt (EHC Assessment Team Manager) stephanie.hewitt@kent.gov.uk / 03000 421956

About the Company

KCC is committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the county's working residents, encouraging applications from people of all ages, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds and faiths, and aspires to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can be themselves at work.

Please note – if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible as the closing date for this advert may be earlier than stated should a number of suitably qualified candidates apply.

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