Trainee HR Officer

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.

Let’s make a difference. Together.

Whether you’re one of our Social Workers or work in our Corporate teams, like HR, then everyone has a critical role to play. And so, if you join us as Trainee HR Officer, 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 that as well as the opportunity to develop and challenge yourself professionally, 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 employer.

Location, location, location

So that we can ensure you have access to the colleagues best positioned to support you, not only during your induction but beyond, you will ideally be based within fairly close proximity to our offices in Coventry, Birmingham, Leicester or Derby.

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.

Ready to find out more being a Trainee HR Officer?

If you join us you will be part of a busy, inclusive team that plays an important role in partnering with managers across the organisation to deliver outstanding frontline services which in turn helps achieve the best possible outcomes for children.

You will gain invaluable practical insight and experience spanning the employee life cycle within a talented, inclusive team that will give you a platform to develop professionally.

In terms of what we are looking for you will have:

  • A degree level qualification (or equivalent) and/or CIPD professional qualification (or working towards one).
  • Practical experience of working in a HR environment undertaking a broad range of HR activities, as a HR Administrator or Assistant or similar.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) that enable you to have effective working relationships with a broad range of internal stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate you are able to use HR data to identify trends to make recommendations
  • A clear commitment to developing your career within HR.
  • Experience of managing and prioritising your workload, working with minimal instruction and achieving targets within required timescales.
  • Demonstrate personal resilience and organisational skills to manage yourself and others

The above is just a flavour of the experience, skills and knowledge we are looking for in a Trainee HR Officer and a more detailed Person Specification is included within the Job Description (see ‘Available documents’), which we encourage you to read so that you can ensure your application fully demonstrates your suitability for the role.

Still interested?

Our application process is short and simple to complete. But before you apply, please make sure your CV really amplifies the experience, skills and behaviours we’ve asked for above and in the job description.

Also, within the application form we’ve asked some open questions that provide you with an opportunity to really make your application stand out and we encourage you to do so.

Your chance to meet the team

We plan to host an online event via Teams for the applicants to find out more about the role (see timescales section below). You will need to apply first and if you meet our criteria, we will invite you to meet relevant members of the HR team, including people previously recruited to this role so you can hear from them in terms of their experience.


Below we’ve indicated the timelines that we’re working towards.

  • Closing date: Sunday 05 December 2021
  • Online event: Thursday 9 December at 17:30
  • Initial interviews: w/c 13th December
  • Final interviews: w/c 20th December or early January 22

Interviews will take place remotely either via telephone or Teams.

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 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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