Family Court Adviser (Social Worker) – Stevenage (Hertfordshire / Buckinghamshire)
As a Social Worker you know your work changes lives. But it’s not an easy job and you want to work somewhere where you can work flexibly, proportionally and safely to deliver the best outcomes.
And there is no better place to do this than with the largest employer of Social Workers in England that was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2018 and leads the way in when it comes to professional development, flexible working, use of technology and health and wellbeing support
Our Social Workers are called Family Court Advisers, although you may have also heard them referred to as Children’s Guardians. We are recruiting for Family Court Advisers to teams managing both Private Law or Public Law work based from Stevenage covering Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. There is also a touchdown office in Bletchley for staff working in the Buckinghamshire 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. 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.
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.
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.
In the meantime, if you would like to informally find out about the role before deciding to apply, you are welcome to contact the Recruiting Manager by email advising of the best number to contact you on and most suitable time(s) Peter Richardson – [email protected]. However, please note we cannot accept applications / CVs by email and you must apply online but rest assured the process is quick and simple.
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.
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. These dates are subject to change but rest assured we will be in touch as quickly as we can:
Last date for applications:
Monday 8th November 2021
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Final interview / assessment:
As and When you Apply
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.
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 also a Disability Confident Employer which further underlines our commitment to employ, train, retain and develop the careers of colleagues with disabilities.
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.
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 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.