Job Description

Job Description

  • Suffolk County Council – Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft
  • £34,373 per annum (pro rata if part time)
  • 37 hours per week
  • Permanent

We are committed to flexible working, so please read the Job and Person Profile to find out about the types of flexible working available for this role.

  • Would you like to work in an incredibly varied, challenging and rewarding role?
  • Are you passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of children and young people in Suffolk?

Following a recent capacity review, Suffolk County Council, Children and Young People Inclusion Services are expanding.

This is an exciting time to join and be part of shaping Special Educational needs and Disability (SEND) services across Suffolk.

We are looking to recruit a Lead Co-ordinator to join our Family Services Team, to lead and support the work of their locality team.

Family Services provide support, information and guidance to children and young people with SEND and their families, predominately those that require an Education Health and Care Plan.

You will:

  • ensure that children, young people, and families at the heart of everything you and the team do
  • use evidence to inform the development of the team and be solution orientated
  • line manage and provide casework supervision to your team who support individual children and young people and their families through their education pathway and/or SEND Journey
  • ensure that assessments and advice are of high quality and delivered within statutory timescales
  • contribute to the Local Authorities response to support children and young people who have been permanently excluded or who are at risk of exclusion
  • provide challenge to education providers to ensure provision meets the needs of individual children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • model the Ideal Worker values, setting the expectation for the team to demonstrate an Ideal Worker
  • support the work of the Family services manager to ensure compliance with statutory guidance such as SEND Code of Practice
  • lead and support effective working relationships for the team with families, local education settings and multiagency partners.

You can view a full list of requirements in the Job and Person Profile (link below). If you think you have what it takes to be successful in this role, even if you don’t meet all the requirements, please apply.

We would appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.

We will offer you:

  • a supportive environment with access to ongoing training and career development
  • a supportive manager and colleagues who will help you build effective working relationships and confidence within the role
  • opportunities within Suffolk County Council to progress your career within the avenue which you are passionate about, you will be supported through performance management and regular one to one meetings.

Travelling Requirements For Your Role

We positively encourage the use of technology to communicate, but on occasions, there may be a requirement for you to travel to locations away from your contractual base, using reasonable and suitable means available to you. If you require a reasonable adjustment due to a disability to meet the travel requirements of this role, please speak with the contact detailed below.

Workplace type for your role

This role supports hybrid working, a broadly even balance between working from home and working from an office base. Please contact the recruiting manager listed above if you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements.

To find out more

For more information for an informal discussion about this role, please contact  Hayley Mason (Family Services Manager) on (01473) 264964  or Paula Fuge ( Operational Manager, Family Services) on (01473) 265832.

Please read the Job and Person Profile (JPP) before applying for this job opportunity.

In your application, please ensure your statement indicates how you meet each of the criteria in the ‘Person Profile’ section of the JPP.

Closing date: 11.30pm, 25 October 2022.

Promoted as JOTW (Job of the Week) on Suffolk Jobs Direct.

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts.

About Us

We offer a fantastic, inclusive working environment including diverse and active staff networks, great flexible working options and many benefits, as well as the opportunity to improve the lives of Suffolk residents.

Benefits include:

  • Performance-related annual pay progression, in addition to an annual cost-of-living pay increase
  • The opportunity to join a large, diverse organisation, with career opportunities across our services
  • A supportive culture, underpinned by our WE ASPIRE values
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • Up to 28 days annual leave entitlement, plus UK bank holidays and two paid volunteering days
  • An occupational sick pay scheme
  • Learning and development opportunities, including a range of work-based apprenticeships
  • Flexible working options, with the right to request flexible working from your first day
  • A range of staff networks centred around equality groups
  • Plus more

If you would like to know more about our benefits, values and equality commitments please visit our Working for Suffolk County Council pages ( .