National Social Worker Talent Pool

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Thank you for clicking through to register for our National Social Worker Talent Pool.

You’re probably here because we’re not currently recruiting for a role that suits you, but if you aren’t sure please view our current vacancies > www.cafcass.gov.uk/careers/current-vacancies.

And while you are there perhaps find about the excellent benefits you will be eligible for and of course if you join us from an ‘eligible employer’ (e.g. a Local Authority) you can bring your continuous service with you potentially meaning you have enhanced benefits from the beginning of your employment with us.

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

Here at Cafcass we support over 140,000 children and their families every year, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of each and every child and ensuring their voice is heard in Family Proceedings, which we’ll sure you agree is very important work.

Rewarding, challenging, varied: the role of Family Court Adviser is unique. And if you join us, you could be in a team that undertakes Public Law and/or Private Law work.

So, for example, in Public Law 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.

Or in Private Law, 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.

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.

Let’s make a difference. Together.

Whether you’re one of our Social Workers or work in our Business Services or Corporate teams, everyone has a critical role to play. And so, if you join us you’ll see further references to ‘Together’ as this is the name of our new relationship-based practice framework.

Built around our values, it is at the heart of the work we do and encourages us to be pro-active and to look for the strengths in ourselves and others, to build positive relationships with our colleagues, our partners and with the children and families that we work with.

If this is the type of organisational culture you think you can thrive in and you are motivated by making a difference for children and families, then read on.

Benefits that really benefit you.

We know you want to be rewarded appropriately, you want time away from work to manage your wellbeing, spend time with those important to you, help to secure your future and be trusted to work autonomously.

So, on top of a competitive salary, you’ll have an 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 that collectively makes for a great package with a highly supportive, caring employer.

Location, location, location

We are a national organisation with 30+ offices across England but your proximity to our offices is not always essential. We are set-up and used to working remotely so your location can be flexible and we trust and empower our Social Workers to work autonomously as we know this is right for you professionally and personally. Also, being a national organisation, should your personal circumstances change and you need to move then we will look to explore with you opportunities to work for us in a different area / region.

We represent children and families from diverse backgrounds. We want our staff to mirror this.

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.

Why register for our Talent Pool?

While it doesn’t constitute an application – think of this as more of an expression of interest – it means;

  • it is easier and quicker for you to apply for actual vacancies if/when they are available;
  • you can create a profile and set-up email alerts so you are instantly informed about opportunities that meet your criteria, and;
  • our recruitment team can potentially contact you to suggest vacancies to you.

Also, it will also allow us to share your details with our Managers in the areas of the country that interest you. Therefore, while they may not currently be recruiting, this offers us the chance to potentially informally talk to you in advance of having vacancies so we can better understand what you are looking for professionally and personally.

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 know your time is precious

The process is very quick and simple and you’ll also have the opportunity to upload your CV, which we suggest you take a few minutes to make sure is up-to-date and highlights the experience and skills that you think is most relevant to the role of Family Court Adviser.

A copy of the job description is an ‘Available Document’ (see above) and this might help you decide what to include.

Family Court Advisers are committed to achieving better and safer outcomes for children and young people. Want to find out more about the role of our Family Court Advisers and the way we work? Click here Our roles – Cafcass – Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

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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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