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Appeals and Disputes Adviser

Organisation: National Deaf Children's Society
21 hours per week
£29,484 - £34,894 pro rata (£25,696 – £30,428 pro rata at trainee level)
Location: Home based
Deadline: 1 March, 2020

Are you passionate about using the law to challenge discrimination and ensure deaf children and young people receive the education support they need?

We are looking for a highly skilled advice caseworker to join our Appeals and Disputes team, to help families challenge education decisions to the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Tribunal, including representation.

Key duties include:

You will have recent experience of advice and casework or a strong legal background in social welfare law, ideally in the area of education SEN.

Good casework, submission drafting and advocacy skills are essential, as well as the ability to explain complex legislation in plain language and empathise with families and young people. Highly organised, you will have experience of using a range of IT and digital tools to conduct your casework and be quick to pick up new areas of law and changing policy. You will be required to attend hearings and meet with families. The team also delivers workshops to families around the UK, so some travel will be required.

We are open to considering a trainee position to develop someone into the role providing they have the right skills and aptitude. To be considered for the trainee position, we would be looking for someone with experience of either providing advice or casework in social welfare law and a legal qualification or CPD in an area of law. Excellent communication and organisation skills will need to be demonstrated.

The salary paid to a trainee would be between £25,696 – £30,428, and we would be prepared to support and pay for the relevant courses such as IPSEA training or adviser training in order to support and develop the right individual. Following successful completion of training and probation, the salary will increase to the level specified in the advert of £29,484. Please specify if you would like to be considered for the trainee position under the skills and experience section of the application form.

For more information, and to apply, please see:

You will have to complete an online application and show how you meet the person specification criteria, as outlined in the job description. To do this we suggest you download both documents to help you (these can be found at the start of the application process). Currently, the application process works best on desktop / laptop devices.