Family Court Adviser (Social Worker)
Locations: Guildford (Brighton)
Salary: £37,645 - £41,977
Closing Date: Tuesday 19 March 2019
As a Social Worker you know your work changes lives. So you aim to be outstanding in all you do because everyone you support needs and deserves your support. But it’s not an easy job and so you want to work somewhere where systems and support enable you to work flexibly, efficiently and safely to deliver the best outcomes.
At Cafcass we share your ambition and we have a strong focus on ensuring consistently good and outstanding practice in our social work. We know our staff can’t achieve this without being able to work flexibly, having regular supervision and ongoing professional development opportunities. This understanding was identified from our recent OFSTED inspection and the "outstanding" rating we achieved. It is also evidenced through many awards we have won, including Social Work Employer of the Year award and multiple other accolades around flexible working and healthy and wellbeing too.
If you join us as a Family Court Advisor – which is what we call our Social Workers - you'll be supporting some of the most vulnerable children in England through significant events including care proceedings, adoption and parental separation.
In this role, you will be working for our Guildford team with an office base Brighton and you will be their voice in the Family Court ensuring the right outcome for each child. You will work with child and their family to understand what the child needs, wants and feels and then give advice to the Family Courts on the best course of action.
You’ll write confidently, providing powerful and succinct case analysis and make recommendations to the court. You’ll also attend court and be an advocate for the best interests of the child, ensuring their voice is not lost in the court arena.
As you would expect, there are a few key things we need you to be:
- Qualified Social Worker with 3+ years experience
- HCPC registered
- Experienced at working with highly vulnerable children and families
- Expert in safeguarding, child engagement, inter-agency working, case analysis, planning and recording.
Our work is demanding so for you to succeed and truly make a difference you should be someone who;
- Is resilient and organised
- Can work proportionately
- Has strong, intuitive IT skills
- Is an effective verbal and written communicator
If you join us, you'll be part of an organisation that provides the tools and support to enable you to be the best Social Worker you can. We will also support you to have an effective work life balance as the technology we use, combined with our trust in you as a professional, allows you to work in our offices, at home and, of course, with children and families.
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 HCPC fees
- Childcare Vouchers
- 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 to let us know of your interest in this role.
Closing Date: 19th March 2019
Tel. Interviews: 22nd March 2019
Final Interview: April (TBC)
If you want to find out a bit more about us why should consider joining us visit www.cafcass.gov.uk/cafcass-careers or to view all of our current vacancies, go to Current Cafcass Vacancies.