Service Manager – Covering Blackburn, Blackpool and Lancashire

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.

At Cafcass we know why came into Social Work. To make a difference. To change lives. So you aim to be outstanding in all you do. We share your ambition.

Cafcass champions the interests of children in Family Court proceedings, advising the courts on each child’s interests based on their needs, wishes and feelings. In the last year we worked to safeguard and promote the welfare of over 140,000 of the most vulnerable children in our society, at a time of upheaval and uncertainty in their lives.

Our Social Workers – which we call Family Court Advisers – require and deserve effective support from their Service Manager, which is where we hope you come in.

This opportunity is based from our Blackburn office from where you will manage a team of Family Court Advisers covering Blackburn, Blackpool and Lancashire. As you can imagine, for such a key position we have some minimum requirements:

  • Social Work England recognised Social Work qualification
  • Supervisory and/or Practice Management experience in various settings

We also think you for you to succeed and truly make a difference you should be someone who has;

  • Expert knowledge of children’s social work, including safeguarding, statutory and assessment frameworks
  • A track record of highly effective practice management or supervisory experience
  • Demonstrable experience of being a practice educator with the skills to continuously monitor, manage, develop and improve team and individual performance
  • Proven ability to establish strong and effective networks with other agencies.
  • Experience of leading individuals and teams through change

Now we’ve told you about the role we hope you’re ready to complete our short application process, including providing us with your current CV. Before you do, let us outline some of the benefits you’ll be eligible for should you join us;

  • Competitive salary
  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Membership of a Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Potential to bring your continuous service with you providing enhanced benefits
  • Health & Wellbeing support including Healthcare Scheme Membership
  • Payment of Social Work England fees
  • Cycle to Work Scheme

We hope you’ve decided this is a role you would like, if so click please complete our short application process. Alternatively, if you haven’t already visited our careers site dedicated to our Social Work roles, where you can find out more about why and how being a Social Worker at Cafcass is different, go to Cafcass Careers or to view all of our vacancies go to Current Vacancies.

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) Sue Simpson [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.

Finally, we’d like to highlight to you the timescale we are aiming to work to and some potential key dates for your diary:

Closing date: Sunday 27 June 2021
Telephone interviews: 01 July and 02 July 2021
Final interviews: 07 July and 09 July 2021

Please note these dates are subject to change so don’t be alarmed if we don’t contact you when you might expect us to but rest assured we will be in touch as soon as we can.

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.

If you would like to find out more about the work our Service Managers undertake, please visit https://www.cafcass.gov.uk/careers/our-roles/service-manager/

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, 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-employment 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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