Family Court Adviser (Social Worker) – Public and Private Law – Derbyshire

ALL internal applicants are asked to upload current CV. You can also provide a ‘Supporting Statement’ as part of your application which may include some of the information you would normally include in the EOI.

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.

As the largest employer of Social Workers in England, Cafcass knows being a Social Worker is both challenging and a privileged role.

We also recognise you want to work flexibly, proportionally and safely and be supported practically and professionally to achieve the best outcomes for children and families and a healthy work life balance for yourself.

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, and we are recruiting for our teams based from Derby covering the whole of the Derbyshire area, 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.

If you join us, you may be working in our Public and Private Law team 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.

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.

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

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:

 30/11/2020

Telephone interviews:

 04/12/2020

Final interview:

 07/01/2021 and 08/01/2021

These dates are subject to change but rest assured we will be in touch as quickly as we can.

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.

If you would like to find out more about the work our Family Court Advisers undertake, please visit https://www.cafcass.gov.uk/careers/our-roles/family-court-adviser/ or there is the option for you to informally discuss this opportunity with us, in the first instance please contact Service Manager Joy Smith on [email protected] providing your contact details and best times to contact you. 

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 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.

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.


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