SEND Engagement Facilitator - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £29,377 per annum
Closing date: 18 Jun 2024
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 17078
Role: Education
About the role

SEND Engagement Facilitator

Fixed Term, Full Time

Up to £29,377 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Community-based worker

Please note this is a fixed term contract opportunity for a period of 12 months. 

Essex County Council has embarked upon a programme of change for provision and services with the ambition to profoundly improve the outcomes and life experience of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Our vision is for a SEND system which identifies and assesses need at an earlier stage and which provides appropriate and impactful support without such high dependence on Essex County Council’s statutory services.

The SEND Engagement Facilitator will support sustainable inclusion for children and young people with SEND, through targeted support to educational settings, families and partners. They will facilitate effective collaborative practice through One Planning and ensure a joined-up approach to the Assess, Plan, Do, Review Cycle, particularly at points of transition for CYP.


  • Provide targeted intervention, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, to families and professionals at points of change, challenge and transition to support longer term resilience and the dialogue essential to the success of educational placements and outcomes.
  • Responsible for utilising and model enabling, collaborative and person-centred ways of working to ensure pupil and family voices are captured, valued and held at the heart of the 0-25 planning for CYP.
  • Identify and facilitate effective ways of gathering, recording and sharing information about a CYP, their family, setting or situation, to inform the planning for them, through statutory or non-statutory plans.
  • Support the partnership between educational setting staff, families and other stakeholders, to promote shared understanding of the aspirations, needs, outcomes and required provision for CYP.
  • Work directly with CYP and their families to develop their understanding and participation in assessment, planning and decision-making processes, in order that their plans and implementation are fully co-produced and understood.
  • Deliver targeted intervention to families and professionals, as part of a multi- disciplinary team, at points of change, challenge and transition, to support longer term resilience and the dialogue essential to the success of CYP educational placements and outcomes.
  • Act as a model of good One Planning to LA colleagues and a conduit of information for targeted work with families and educational settings, allowing the Inclusion and SEND Operations teams in each quadrant, to work cohesively as part of early intervention approaches.
  • Plan, deliver and evaluate a range of partnership and person-centred practice and its application, development opportunities for staff in educational settings, enabling educators to embed this approach within engagement with families.
  • Build and maintain effective links across Education, including SENDIASS and the SEND Innovation and Strategy team, to identify, implement and evaluate good One Planning practice, with appropriate input from families and the community.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

Skills, Knowledge, and Experience

  • Possesses RQF Level 2 of the SEN awards, or equivalent by experience.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development with knowledge in relevant professional area.
  • Knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice and how it impacts on assessment, planning, provision and review for CYP on a day to day basis.
  • Have significant experience of working successfully with children with SEND in a school and/or home setting.
  • Significant experience of working effectively in partnership with families in a helping role and other professionals in a multi-agency environment.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills with an understanding of how to facilitate and mediate in situations which are perceived as challenging.
  • Evidence of ability to develop skills, knowledge and experience within role, including a willingness to chair/facilitate meetings and plan/deliver training to small groups of adults.

To read more about us please visit: Education

Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found here pay and reward

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What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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