Family Court Adviser (Social Worker) – Stevenage (Buckinghamshire / Hertfordshire / Bedfordshire)

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.

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 England, 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.

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 and where your health and safety can be assured.

We have opportunities to join us in one of our teams based from our Stevenage office that covers the below listed teams, although your proximity to the office isn’t a key factor as your physical need to be in the office is likely to be minimal, even without taking into account the current situation:

Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire team ; covering Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire Courts, with a touch-down office also in Bletchley (although currently closed).

Hertfordshire team; Stevenage main office base, covering Watford and Hertford County Courts

Bedfordshire team; Stevenage or Bletchley touch-down offices, and covering Luton Court

And be assured that should you join us, even though most if not all of your induction will be remote, we have continued to recruit and onboard people throughout the last 6 months and feedback from new starters has indicated the quality has remained exceptionally high. We’re used to managing remote teams and we’ll take the time to ensure you have a personal, friendly and effective experience of joining us.

If you join us you will join a team that undertakes both Private and Public Law work; so you could be providing recommendations after an initial hearing and will involve you giving 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.

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 join us as a Family Court Adviser?

Click through to apply but if you would like to informally find out about the role before deciding to apply, you are welcome to contact the Della Jackson ([email protected]) advising of the best number to contact you and most suitable time(s) . However, please note we cannot accept applications / CVs by email and you must apply online but rest assured the process is quick and simple. If you haven’t already, you may want to find out a bit more about why you should consider joining us and suggest you visit where you can also view our other vacancies.

Finally, 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:

Tuesday 26th January 2021

Telephone interviews:

As and when you apply

Final interview / assessment:

As and when you 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.

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. Also, 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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