As a Practice Supervisor, you provide advanced social work-level services to children, families and courts by assessing and analysing court applications for any child protection and serious welfare issues affecting a child or young person.
You will influence those with parental responsibility to be more child-focused when needed and to advise the courts about how a child’s life can be improved, supporting judicial case management in the process. You will of course also need to keep the child at the centre of your work through high quality direct work.
As a Practice Supervisor you also work closely with the Service Manager to continually improve the quality of the work undertaken by Family Court Advisors. You’ll provide regular group supervision, training sessions, reflective supervision and informal coaching or mentoring to Family Court Advisers, as well as quality assuring case work and practice. This will contribute directly to improving outcomes for children and their families. You also support the Service Manager with case allocations, duty rotas and general staff support.
What you need
To be considered for a Practice Supervisor role, you must have a minimum 4 year’s post qualifying experience in social work with children and families at risk. You will also be able to demonstrate experience of training/coaching/mentoring/supporting others to improve their practice.
Let us tell you more…
“I joined Cafcass in July 2009. Prior to that I worked with a local authority as a Child and Family Social Worker for five years. Overall I have worked in social care for 20 years.
I was keen to work for Cafcass as I wanted to be able to really make a difference for children and families and I have not been disappointed.
The independent status of the organisation really does mean that we can challenge plans for children where necessary which can secure better outcomes for them and their families. The other part of our role, being the voice of the child in court proceedings, is also very rewarding and is central to the work we do.
In my current role as Practice Supervisor I have a very varied role which means that no two days are the same! I have a small active case load which keeps me grounded in practice, I provide support and advice to a group of Family Court Adviser’s, develop and deliver training both locally and nationally. I also support the Service Manager’s with aspects of their role and contribute to policy and service development.
It can be challenging working for any organisation in social care, however I find Cafcass to be a dynamic and responsive service that is able to adapt to change and rise to the many challenges social care presents.”
Karen Burns, Practice Supervisor