Family Court Adviser (Social Worker) – Exeter (Covering Devon)
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.
Our goal is to deliver the best quality social work in each case and improve children’s lives wherever they live. So that we continue to provide a service which prioritises their safety and voices their needs, we are pleased to be recruiting for additional Social Workers to join us.
This growth in our workforce will also enable our existing highly motivated workforce to continue to work in a way that is right for them professionally and personally so that every child whose future is decided by the family courts, will have their voice heard and have a better life.
We know you became a Social Worker to make a difference. We also know you want to spend time on the parts of your work that really enable that to happen. We also understand you want to work flexibly and be supported practically and professionally to achieve a healthy work life balance.
We share your aims and Cafcass leads the way in when it comes to professional development, flexible working, use of technology and health and wellbeing support. And 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, although you may have also heard them referred to as Children’s Guardians. They advise the Family Court as children and families go through significant events including care proceedings, adoption and parental separation.
If you join us, you may be working in our Private Law or Public Law teams and should you apply we will talk to you about how the work differs and which may best suit you. Whichever team you join, you will draw on your experience, knowledge and skills to understand what the child needs, wants and feels and effectively communicate this to the court, either in writing and/or in person. The Public Law vacancy will be based from the Exeter office and the Private Law vacancy from either Plymouth or Exeter covering Devon 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.
Should you join us you’ll use your social work skills and experience to understand what the child needs, wants and feels. You’ll then advise the Family Courts on the best course of action for the child by providing confident, powerful and succinct written case analysis and make recommendations to the court. You’ll also attend court and be an advocate for the child, ensuring their voice is not lost.
To be considered for such a privileged, responsible role of being the voice of some of the most vulnerable children in England, there are a few things we’re looking for from you:
- Qualified Social Worker with at least 3 years’ experience (or will have by time join us).
- Registered with Social Worker England.
- Experienced at working with highly vulnerable children and families.
- An expert in safeguarding, child engagement, inter-agency working, case analysis, planning and recording.
We also think you 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
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.
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.
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:
Last date for applications:
10th May 2021
12th and 13th may 2021
Final interview / assessment:
20th May 2021
These dates are subject to change but rest assured we will be in touch as quickly as we can.
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.
Please note we may close this vacancy prior to the advertised closing date should we feel we have sufficient applications. Our application process is very quick and simple and so encourage you to apply now.
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 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.