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.

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Rewarding, challenging, varied: the role of Family Court Adviser is unique. You could join us in a team 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.

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.

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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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