Head of SEND & Inclusion

Location Wandsworth
Job type Permanent
Salary £70112.00 - £83851.00 per annum
Contact Neil Clements
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Reference HQ00107021_1595925893

Sanctuary Social Care is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Head of SEND to work full-time within Children's Services in Wandsworth. The ideal candidate will possess highly developed specialist knowledge of Social Work practice in Children's Services and be registered with Social Work England.

The salary for this permanent Head of SEND job is £70,112 - ££83,851 per annum.


  • Experience and capability to plan, strategically implement and manage service transformation, policy change and quality assurance frameworks
  • You'll have high levels of political awareness and sensitivity, to allow you to shape and lead services to improve educational outcomes for Wandsworth children and young people.
  • Solid knowledge on SEN related legislation predominantly focusing on the Children and Families Act 2014 and its code of practice.
  • Significant experience in running a range of statutory SEND Services.
  • Experience and capability to plan and strategically implement policy change and quality assurance frameworks
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with a wide range of partners.


  • To develop and implement associated strategic and operational plans in collaboration with service colleagues and partners (including health commissioners and providers and schools and parents/ families) within the wider context of SEND reform and the SEND Strategy;
  • To work with partners to ensure Wandsworth has an effective quality assurance framework in place for all aspects of SEND delivery and performance;
  • To ensure that SEND is a key part of our Joint Strategic Needs Analysis (JSNA) and that data analysis and other performance information is used to inform decision making and future strategy
  • To secure effective partnership arrangements with health commissioners and providers, educational providers and parents/ families to ensure that the Local Area is effective in meeting its obligations with regards to all children and young people with SEND
  • To work with colleagues in commissioning to lead the development and implementation of the Special School Place Planning Strategy in collaboration with colleagues and partners with a view to ensuring local education provision for children and young people with SEND meets demand;
  • To lead the process of enabling and nursing that children and young people with SEND access their education entitlement in accordance with legislative and statutory requirements and the Special Education Needs Code of Practice: 0 - 25. Also to ensure that ECHP assessments are timely and of excellent quality;
  • To ensure that there are appropriate panel / decision making processes in place to ensure children are placed in appropriate placements. To work with colleagues across services including health to ensure all partners are effectively involved as required;
  • To support and challenge education providers so that children and young people with SEND attend quality educational provision, are supported and educated so they achieve well in early years, in school and at college

Requirements of the Head of SEND:

  • Degree or equivalent in Social Work.
  • Current Social Work England registration.
  • Experience working in a similar role
  • Must be an expert in SEND and have extensive knowledge and experience of applying the policies and resulting processes, best practice and statutory regulations relating to children's special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Experience of working with internal and external partners (to improve the outcomes for children and young people with SEND)
  • The ability to manage large budget streams and proven leadership skills are essential


This Head of SEND job is advertised by Neil Clements; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.