Family Court Adviser (Social Worker) – Early Intervention Team

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.

Cafcass is the voice of the child in family court. As an experienced social worker, you’ll be a Family Court Adviser, using your skills and knowledge to secure the best future for every child. With young lives depending on you, we’ll do all we can to help you succeed in your role.

If you enjoy fast-paced work, you will be at home in our friendly Early Intervention Team (EIT). Working predominantly over the phone, you will work with families up until the first court hearing. Based in the field of private law, you will interview parents, carry out safeguarding checks, write up your recommendations and attend court to give your expert opinion. On average, you’ll write around six short reports a week. The team is a busy one and as a result the team has expanded to meet demand.

We are currently recruiting for two full time roles in our EIT team. The office location might be based in Swindon, Reading, Oxford, or Bristol.

This is what our EIT service manager has told us to be successful in this role:

“You have to be motivated and committed to achieving best outcomes for children. You also have to have the resilience to work in a fast paced and at times pressurised environment but you will get excellent support and a thorough, structured induction that equips you to do the job”.

With such a pivotal role to play, you’ll need strong analytical and risk assessment skills. It’s also important that you’re highly organised, as you’ll be managing your diary, scheduling calls and working autonomously. You will need to be someone who is self-reflective, takes on board constructive feedback and embraces learning in order to enhance your practice. And of course, you need to be passionate about getting things right for children and young people and produce high quality work.

Whatever your career path so far to be considered for this role we need you to have:

  • At least three years’ post-qualifying experience working with vulnerable children and families.
  • Registered with Social Work England
  • Demonstrable court experience and recent front-line social work experience
  • Resilience to work in a busy team
  • Excellent IT skills

If you join us you will be joining the largest employer of social workers in England and only the fourth national organisation to be graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

If you would be interested in an informal conversation with Theveshyra Fletcher to help you decide if the work her team does is a good match for you professionally and personally, get in touch with her via email [email protected] with your contact details and best times to contact you.

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:

Last date for applications:

20th June 2021

Telephone Interviews: w/c 21st June 2021
Final Interviews: w/c 28th June 2021

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.

Here are some of the things that current Family Court Advisers in EIT wanted to share with you too:

"’EIT is such a niche area of Social Work that I never knew existed ….The role is multi-dimensional and offers a good balance of undertaking risk assessments and attending court. Risk assessment skills have to be finely tuned which is greatly assisted by the high level of support offered by the Practice Supervisors and Service Manager. I am proud to be a part of such an immensely supportive team!"

"The role is fast paced and no two days are the same which makes my job really interesting and rewarding. You feel very much on the front line yet having an independent overview helping to influence and improve the lives of children. If you are an experienced practitioner seeking for an opportunity to further develop your skills and have job satisfaction, you won’t be disappointed’.

"I thoroughly enjoy my role within the EIT team, the work we complete is fast paced and requires a specific skill set to complete risk assessments, which are succinct and concise capturing any key safeguarding issues identified….The initial transition to Cafcass was challenging as I had to adapt to this different way of working but I had access to numerous forms of support such as, my Practice Supervisor, Service Manager, coaching, a mentor, and lots of relevant training"

If you haven’t already, take a few moments to not only read the job description for this role but a summary of the key benefits you will be eligible for should you join us by going to the ‘Documents Available’ above.

Life at Cafcass isn’t quite like anywhere else. Welcoming, warm and supportive, we help every Family Court Adviser to thrive and give their best. A centre of excellence for social work, we offer 1-2-1 coaching, clear policies and procedures, and the chance to build a career. Our team also has great technology, health and wellbeing assistance and a clear structure and ethos. If you’d like to be part of our unique organisation, we look forward to receiving your application.

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 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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