Family Court Adviser (Social Worker) – Herts / Bucks / Beds

Dedicated. Supportive. Unique. Join an organisation that’s just like you.

Rewarding, challenging, varied: the role of Family Court Adviser is unique.

As the voice of the child in family court in a team that covers Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, you perform a crucial job. To help you do your best, we will support you in every way we can – with fantastic 1-2-1 coaching, flexible working options and an expert health and wellbeing team. Above all, we will give you the trust and autonomy to make your own decisions and apply your social work expertise.

Benefits that really benefit you.

We know changing employment can bring about a few challenges. Therefore, in addition to a professional, personal induction that give you the best start to your career with us, we are also offering successful candidates a £2,000 one-off payment when you start that you can put towards whatever you, and those most important to you, may need at the time.

This will be on top of a very competitive salary – and the higher salary is available for high quality candidates or to reflect current role and previous experience – and wider package that includes excellent holiday allowance (28 days + Bank Holidays), a Local Government pension with 19.4% employer contribution, Health and Wellbeing cash plan and the potential to bring your continuous service with you – which could mean you have 33 days holiday from day one – and a wide range of other benefits.

We don’t just take account of children’s needs. We understand yours too.

While these may be uncertain times, take comfort from the fact Cafcass both in terms of culture and technology has been enabling flexible and remote working for many years. Now more than ever we can understand that you don’t want to incur the cost and poor use of time for unnecessary travel, limiting it only to when truly required.

We have opportunities to join us in our teams based that cover both Public and Private Law covering the courts in Milton Keynes, Luton, Watford, Hertford, South Beds and Bedford. In addition to the Cafcass office in Stevenage – which you will likely attend from time to time but only when essential – staff covering Buckinghamshire have access to office space in Bletchley.

Even before the current situation, the physical need to be in the office was minimal and this is likely to remain the case, although slowly but surely our offices are being used more and more to see children and young people in person.

And be assured that should you join us, even though some of your induction may be remote, we have continued to recruit and onboard people throughout the last 18 months and feedback from new starters has indicated the quality has remained exceptionally high.

It takes someone special to be a Family Court Adviser

Being a Family Court Adviser is very rewarding – but it’s not for everyone. You must be a Social Work England registered social worker who’s organised, resilient and able to work independently. Confident in your abilities, you’ve worked with children and families for at least three years. Now you’re ready to take decisions and speak up in court as part of our talented Cafcass team.

To do your best, you need to be at your best

What can you expect in return for your skills? Firstly, there’s the chance to study and train, and excellent resources including a next-day service library. Secondly, there’s modern tech, agile working and health and wellbeing assistance including an in-house psychology service. Finally, there’s all the professional support you’d expect from a centre of excellence.

Ready to find out more being a Family Court Adviser?

If you join us you will join a team that undertakes Private and Public Law work; so you could be interviewing families and recommending who a child should live with providing recommendations after an initial hearing which will involve you presenting written and verbal evidence in court, advocating for the child; alternatively you may be a children’s ‘guardian’ and you will tell the court about the child’s case and explain their wishes and feeling, while also carrying out independent enquiries, and representing the child in court, alongside their appointed solicitor.

To find out more about the type of work our Family Court Advisers undertake, visit www.cafcass.gov.uk/careers/our-roles/family-court-adviser.

Or if you would like to informally discuss opportunities with us, please email Peter Richardson ([email protected]) with your contact details and best times to contact you.

Please note we cannot accept CVs / applications via email, you will need to apply online but be assured our application process is really simple and quick to complete.

Rest assured we will review your application as quickly as we can and if want to progress your interest, look to arrange an initial interview as promptly as we can at a time that is mutually convenient. And if that goes well we’ll also look to arrange a formal panel interview with you shortly after, although at this time of year we understand you may have other commitments that need to be taken into consideration.

We look forward to hearing from you.


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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