Job Title: SEND Customer Services & Complaints Officer Reference: JAJB4510 Service: SEN Grade: 9 Reports to: Business Support Manager Location: Macclesfield Your job To investigate, co-ordinate and collate the Council’s response to SEND complaints, compliments and comments, in accordance with SEND code of practise, and to provide an excellent customer service. In this job you will 1. Develop, prepare and deliver performance information on complaints and compliments for the Director and Heads of Service, by way of quarterly and annual reports, identifying trends and potential learning points to help inform performance improvement and service planning. Contribute information to meet corporate reporting requirements. Attend Senior Management Meetings to present these reports. 2. Critically assess and review the complaints process on a regular basis (including joint protocols on dealing with complaints with partner agencies and in joint teams) in order to respond to changes in legislation, statutory or associated guidance and accepted best practice. Learn of developments and to share best practice. 3. Advise Managers on the implications of complaints going to the Local Government Ombudsman and, in conjunction with the tribunal Officer, co-ordinate the Department’s responses to the Ombudsman, ensuring that information is made available by the appropriate Managers and that information is provided to the Ombudsman within the required timescales. 4. Manage the process of external investigations, including the appointment of Independent Investigators, receive and quality check the reports and identify the recommendations to Heads of Service, so that the required action can be taken. Ensure that the complainant is informed about the outcome. 5. Develop, prepare and deliver training and support to operational staff, Managers and Independent Investigation teams, in order that they can undertake complaint investigations to the required standard and within set timescales, thus ensuring that the Departments meet statutory obligations. 6. Co-ordinate Freedom of Information requests relating to the SEND Services. Proof check responses, ensure sign-off by the relevant Senior Manager where appropriate and ensure that statutory timescales are met. OFFICIAL December 2020 7. Co-ordinate and allocate Access to Records requests under the Data Protection Act and ensure that statutory timescales are met. 8. Prepare evidence for Local Government Ombudsman when an LGO complaint is received in co-ordination with the Senior SEN Manager, to ensure appropriate and timely responses are given with any clear learning points identified and shared to ensure service development. 9. Coach and train team members to ensure consistency of approach, sharing and promoting best practice through the dissemination of statutory guidance and the learning from case studies. 10. Contribute to the wider SEND service aspirations, identifying opportunities to achieve integrated working on a multi-agency basis. The job holder may be required at any time to undertake any work up to and/or at a level consistent with existing responsibilities. These tasks may be at any location in Cheshire East, to ensure the effective deployment of labour, materials, transport and equipment to meet daily service requirements.
You must have:
- Enhanced DBS/Update service.
- References required for the last 3 years of employment.
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- Enhanced DBS completed.
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- Various employment opportunities in your preferred geographical area
- Flexible hours to meet your needs, full or part time
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