VACANCY – Children’s Advocate – October 2014 -CLOSED

SENAC supports over 600 children and young people with learning difficulties and disabilities and their families each year. SENAC provides independent advice, information and advocacy relating to the special educational needs system in Northern Ireland. SENAC is committed to promoting and safeguarding the rights of all children to equality of opportunity in their education.

We wish to appoint a Children’s Advocate

2 year fixed term post (24 hrs per week 4 x 6hr days)

Salary: £27,849 pro rata. This post is funded by BBC Children in Need

The Children’s Advocate will:

· Provide an advice and advocacy service for families of children with special educational needs and disability on the special educational needs system in Northern Ireland

· Advocate for children and young people with special educational needs and disability in relation to special educational needs provision

Essential criteria for all applicants include:

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience of providing legal advice or representation in an employed capacity
  • Experience of managing a caseload
  • Hold a professional qualification as a solicitor eligible to practise in Northern Ireland or hold a law degree as recognised by the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at QUB and/or the Graduate School of Professional Legal Education of the University of Ulster (Details are available in the recruitment pack)

This post will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure check from Access NI

Applicants will be required to demonstrate how they will effectively meet the travel requirements of the post.

For the full list of all criteria please download the recruitment pack from 

Closing date for return of signed, completed application forms is Monday 20th October 2014 by 5.00pm

SENAC, Graham House, Knockbracken Healthcare Park, Saintfield Road, Belfast. BT8 8BH

Tel: 028 9070 5654