Associate Family Court Adviser – Public and Private Law

Associate Family Court Advisers (Self Employed FCA) are an important part of the Cafcass working community, complimenting the challenging and rewarding work done across England by our employed teams.

There are many reasons why people choose to engage with Cafcass in this way. The unique nature of the work, the flexibility and independence to manage income and work/life balance, and the opportunity to do other work alongside are just some.

We welcome interest at this time from individuals that are able to support service delivery working on a mixed caseload of Public and Private Law, with the ability to travel at least an hour away from your home at times. As part of this role we require applicants that are able to take a minimum rolling caseload of 8-10.

We are looking for Associate FCA’s from a variety of specific locations, that can be seen on the document attached to the vacancy, detailing the area’s we are specifically advertising for.

At this point in time we are not recruiting for London but we would be very keen to see an application from you if you live in Essex, Norfolk or Suffolk

  • Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, and Cambridgeshire.
  • South Yorkshire and Humberside.
  • Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset.
  • Avon, Gloucestershire, and Wiltshire.
  • Nottingham and Derbyshire
  • Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk

Please do review the attached document with maps and details of the locations surrounding these offices we are advertising for.

If you are interested in applying to become an Associate, please note you must:

  1. Be social work qualified
  2. Have 5+ years post qualifying experience
  3. Be SWE registered to work in England

We also think for you to succeed and truly make a difference you should be someone who:

  • is an expert in safeguarding, child engagement, inter-agency working, case analysis, planning and recording
  • can work independently
  • is committed to their continuous professional development (CPD)
  • has experience working with highly vulnerable children and families
  • is resilient and organised
  • can work proportionately
  • has strong, intuitive IT skills
  • is an effective verbal and written communicator.

If you haven’t already, we suggest taking a few minutes to go to Cafcass Flexible Working Options to help you better understand what becoming an Associate FCA entails, what you can expect in terms of remuneration and the support you will receive.

We hope you are still interested and if so, hope you will take a few minutes to apply. As well as submitting a current CV, you’ll be able to submit a supporting statement if you wish, in which you might want to let us know why you are interested in becoming an Associate FCA.

If having reviewed your details we feel you meet our criteria, we’ll be in touch to confirm the next steps. However, we’d like to use this opportunity to let you know where and when we’ll be holding panel interviews – which is the last stage of the recruitment process – over the next few months:

Telephone Interview: Ongoing

Written Assessment: Ongoing

Panel Interviews: Ongoing

In the meantime, if you would like to informally find out about the role before deciding to apply, you are welcome to contact the Recruiting Manager by email advising of the best number to contact you on and most suitable time(s) (Helen Hughes – [email protected]). However, please note we cannot accept applications / CVs by email and you must apply online but rest assured the process is quick and simple.

Finally, if you want to find out a bit more about us why should consider joining us visit https://www.cafcass.gov.uk/careers or if you wish to view all of our current vacancies, go to Current Cafcass Vacancies

We particularly welcome applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds as we strive to ensure our workforce reflects the diversity of the children and families we work with.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships. We are also a Disability Confident Employer which further underlines our commitment to employ, train, retain and develop the careers of colleagues with disabilities.

Please be advised successful applicants will be subject to a range of pre-engagement checks, including a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). In accordance with the DBS code of practice and our own policy, should an individual have a declared criminal offence an individual assessment will be completed. Further information on what the assessment covers can be found by viewing the Cafcass DBS policy.


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