Newly Qualified Social Worker

Grow with Cafcass

Few jobs are as important as protecting a child’s needs and wishes. That’s why our training programme gives Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) an exceptional grounding in children’s social care. Over three years, we’ll equip you to do something vital and amazing: to be the voice of the child in family court proceedings.

Working with us is very different to working with a local authority – as you’ll hopefully discover. You could be supporting children who are involved in divorces, adoptions or care proceedings. They’ll be depending on you to secure the right result at a crucial time. Determination and resilience are essential, along with a gift for communication.

Cafcass works with children and families, advising the courts on the best interests of individual children. Although we’re independent of the courts and social services, we work under the rules of the Family Court and legislation. We want to develop social workers into highly skilled professionals who’ll ensure that children come first in a complex legal system. To this end, we’ve developed an Academy to help every NQSW reach their full potential.

A nurturing environment

Our Social Work Academy enables you to develop practice skills in a safe environment. Led by expert social workers, it will support your journey, enhance your expertise and ensure you work with confidence. As well as an empowering peer network, you’ll have access to a mentor plus high levels of reflective supervision. Over the course of a structured three-year programme, you’ll develop professional maturity, gain hands-on experience and achieve a respected qualification.

In year one, you’ll have your ASYE (Assessed & Supported Year in Employment) with us, gaining core skills from some of our 78 practice educators. In year two, you’ll spend six months with a local authority to broaden your experience. Year three will see you enjoy further academic development opportunities, as your caseload gradually grows. Then, once you’ve completed the course, we’ll help you build a successful, fulfilling career, where you’ll apply your specialist skills, including those required in court.

To find out more, we encourage you to read the Job Description (including Person Specification) and the NQSW Handbook by going to ‘Available documents’ above.

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for soon-to-be qualified Social Workers (or those who’ve recently gained a recognised qualification) to join us. Please note you should also be able to register with Social Work England and ready to start from September onwards. In terms of your qualification, if you have (or will have) an undergraduate qualification this will need to be a 2:1 or above, if a postgraduate qualification this needs to be merit or higher. Also, to be eligible for the ASYE you will need to have not held a social work role previously or have commenced another ASYE programme.

Let’s work ‘Together’

If you join us then you’ll see further references to as ‘Together’ as this is the name of our 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 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

Before we tell you more about the role, let us talk about some of the benefits of joining the largest employer of Social Workers in England as few organisations understand the professional and personal challenges as well as we do.

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.

You will also have a competitive salary and you’ll also get 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. There are also a range of other benefits that collectively makes for a great package with a highly supportive, caring employer.

We look forward to receiving your application.

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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