Family Court Adviser (Social Worker) – Bloomsbury – Public Law (Greater London)

As the largest employer of Social Workers in England, few organisations understand the challenges associated with the profession as well as Cafcass. This insight allows us to provide our Social Workers the environment where they can work flexibly, proportionally and safely to deliver the best outcomes for children and families, and a healthy work/life balance for themselves. These were just some of the factors that contributed to Ofsted giving us an ‘outstanding’ rating at our last inspection in 2018, just the 4th national organisation to receive this rating.

Our Social Workers are called Family Court Advisers and we are recruiting for our teams based from Bloomsbury London Cafcass Office (teams in the area work to cases and courts across East and North London, with flexibility to travel and work to cases and courts in Luton, Watford and Milton Keynes). Although we trust you to work flexibly whether this is in court, at home, in the office or of course, with children and families and provide the technology to enable this. We are currently recruiting for our Public Law team(s) who are involved with cases where the local authority has serious concerns about the safety or welfare of a child and the court requests for Cafcass to become involved in the case. The Cafcass Social Worker, often referred to as Children’s Guardians, is typically involved with the child across an extended period carrying out relevant assessments to understand their needs, wants and feelings, and effectively communicate this to the court through a combination of written reports and giving evidence.

Should you join us, not only will you receive a competitive salary but a range of other benefits which we believe collectively makes for a market-leading offer. Further information is in the attached document as is the formal job description / person specification and other relevant information.

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) Head of Practice Peter Richardson on [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.

Our work is demanding so for you to succeed and truly make a difference you should be someone who;

  • Is resilient and organised
  • Can work proportionately
  • Has strong, intuitive IT skills
  • Is an effective verbal and written communicator

As you would expect there are a few key things we need you to be:

  • Qualified Social Worker with 3+ years’ experience (or will have by time join us).
  • Social Work England registered.
  • Experienced at working with highly vulnerable children and families.
  • Expert in safeguarding, child engagement, inter-agency working, case analysis, planning and recording.

We would also like to draw your attention that this role has been identified as suiting someone who has a full driving licence. This is because of the nature of the work undertaken, the geographical area involved, and that public transport is not considered a viable alternative.

To apply we have a simple application process and you can upload your current, up-to-date CV and provide a short supporting statement. We know how busy Social Workers are, so we’d like to give you some dates for your diary to help you understand the timescales we are working to. These dates are subject to change but rest assured we will be in touch as quickly as we can:

Last date for applications:

29th July 2021

Telephone interviews:

As and when you apply.

Final interview / assessment:

As and when you apply.

We continue to closely monitor the situation surrounding the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are following official guidance from the government and the advice given by Public Health England. We are continuing to recruit but are adapting our timescales and processes to reflect the guidance and advice. Therefore, if we progress your application we will engage with you remotely, either by telephone and/or video call.

Please note, if you apply for more than one current FCA vacancy (maybe in different teams or parts of the country) as we can only progress one application at a time, you will be contacted to ask you to tell us which opportunity you wish to pursue. Please note if your application for one vacancy is unsuccessful, there may be limitations on when you can re-apply.

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 also a Disability Confident Employer which further underlines our commitment to employ, train, retain and develop the careers of colleagues with disabilities.

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.


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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