WANDSWORTH BOROUGH COUNCIL
Head of Special Needs,
Disability and Psychology
Education and Social
Education, Performance Service:
Special Needs, Disability
Assistant Director Education, Performance and Planning
Responsible to the Assistant Director, Education, Performance and Planning
for: a. All aspects of the statutory assessment of Special Educational Needs
b. Special Services planning, policy development and implementation in
relation to specialist educational provision and short breaks;
c. Schools and Community Psychology Service; and
d. Disabled Children's Social Care services (Disabled Children's Social
Work Team (DCT), Residential Services and Wandsworth Family Link
Immediate line management of
a. Head of Special Needs Assessment (PO7);
b. Head of Special Services Planning (PO7)
c. Principal EP (PO7)
d. DCT Team Manager (PO6)
e. Residential service manager (PO6)
f. PA and Business Support Manager
Leadership of the SEN, Disability and Inclusion strategy and the Council’s
response to children and young people with mental health needs
Ensures the effective management and control of Service budget (£11m) and
those relating to educational placements and resources to support children
with SEN in schools (£13m).
Responsible Individual for Oakdene / Chestnut
Maintains a strategic overview of the SEN, Disability and Psychology Services to
ensure excel ent performance is maintained and identifies and analyses
changes and trends in numbers / needs.
Becomes involved as necessary to assist resolution of potential court cases or
SEN Tribunals, matters referred to the Local Government Ombudsman and
correspondence with MPs, members, parents and schools, on complex cases.
On the basis of reviews of monthly and annual service information, proposes
service developments to better meet the changing profile of children with SEN
/ disability / mental health needs, (for example, the increasing diagnosis of
autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) ), to make best use of the Council’s revenue
and capital investment.
Undertakes reviews of SEN / disability / psychology provision, leading groups
with officer, school, parent and other partner representatives as appropriate
and undertakes development work with the range of relevant partners in
response to changing legislation and local factors. Develops the necessary
action plans and implementation groups to put into practice the SEN, Disability
and Inclusion Policy and collaborates with appropriate colleagues on the
Mental Health Strategy.
Formulates proposals for service changes and developments, along with
budget implications and implementation plans and negotiates these with the
Department’s Senior Management Team and Senior Councillors, prior to
leading them through the Committee process. Oversees detailed
implementation plans and works with the necessary partners to ensure service
changes take place within budget and timescale.
Ensures that the social care services for children with disabilities effectively
safeguard and support children in need / subject to child protection plans /
looked after by the Council in line with the required service standards adopted
across Children's Specialist Services / Intervention and Prevention Divisions.
Ensures that the Residential Services and Wandsworth Family Link comply with
National Minimum Standards for Children's Homes and Fostering services and
acts as Responsible Individual for Oakdene / Chestnut.
Builds successful working partnerships with schools to identify their views and
concerns on SEN and pupils’ additional needs, to work collaboratively with
them to seek solutions and to raise awareness and build capacity and
confidence in the schools in relation to identifying and meeting pupils’ SEN.
Liaises closely with the other services in the Department for Education and
Social Services, across the Council and in other agencies (Clinical
Commissioning Group / NHS Trusts) to ensure relevant strategies are
progressed eg developing robust Preparing for Adulthood arrangements and to
make best use of available resources eg for paediatric therapies and the School
10. Ensures that the work of the service safeguards and promotes the welfare of
11. Assists special schools, to act as resources for mainstream schools. Ensures
effective monitoring of schools’ identification of, and provision for, children
with special needs through school self-evaluation, their use of assessment and
effective use of al hard and soft performance information.
12. Maintains an up-to-date knowledge of legislation and case law relating to
Special Educational Needs and other relevant areas. Responds on behalf of the
LA to Government consultation documents and briefs senior managers and
elected members on the implications of proposed legislation.
13. Maintains up to date information, both in paper form and electronically, for
schools and parents in relation to the Council’s statutory requirements for
children with special needs and the Council’s action to implement these
14. Ensures relevant Audit Commission, Council and departmental performance
measures are produced and targets met and ensures that al corporate and
departmental policy and procedures are implemented across the areas of
responsibility, e.g. PRP, staff development and appraisal, implementation of
the Code of Practice on Sickness.
15. Produces policy papers and Committee reports on SEN and other relevant
topics and attends Committee as required. Represents the Council at public
and governors’ meetings as required.
16. As a member of the Department’s senior management team and a member of
the Education, Performance and Planning divisional management team,
contributes to the strategic development of a co-ordinated Service, and the
undertaking of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and the Review of the
Children and Young People’s Strategic Plan.
17. Contributes to Council-wide responsibilities commensurate with the grade, as
may reasonably be required by the Assistant Director.