Family Court Adviser (Social Worker) - Leeds
Salary: £37,645 - £41,977
Closing Date: Sunday 24 February 2019
As a Social Worker, you know your work changes lives. But it’s not an easy job and so you want to work somewhere where you can work flexibly and safely to deliver the best outcomes.
At Cafcass, we share your ambition. Maybe that’s why when OFSTED recently inspected us, they rated us as "outstanding" and why we are a recent winner of the Social Work Employer of the Year award and multiple other accolades around flexible working and health and wellbeing. too.
All our Family Court Advisers – this is what we call our Social Workers - are provided with laptops and smartphones so you can work in our offices, at court, at home and, of course, with children and families. Our systems, in addition to regular supervision from experienced managers, ensures you can deliver your best and develop professionally.
As part of our Early Intervention Team (EIT) covering West Yorkshire, you will be part of the wider team based in Leeds. You will work with families up to and including their initial appearance in Family court. You will be drawing on your experience and analytical and risk assessment skills to answer the question "What does this mean for the child and what needs to happen now to achieve a safe and positive outcome for them?"
The EIT is the front door to our services, ensuring Cafcass only intervenes in the lives of those children who need a service. The service is fast paced, energetic, drawing on Child Protection expertise, analytical risk assessment, identifying key issues for the court and making safe recommendations in the best interests of the child.
As a Family Court Adviser within the EIT, you will predominantly achieve this by conducting effective telephone interviews with applicants and respondents and assessing information received from other agencies. You will then collate this to allow you to succinctly and expertly communicate advice in the court through clear, evidence-based reports and representations, which will occasionally mean attending initial Court Hearings to ensure that children remain central to all decision making.
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.
- An 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
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
- 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.
We’d also like to let you know of the timescales we aiming to work to for this recruitment campaign. This will also help you know when you can expect to hear from us by.
Last date for applications: 24/02/2019
Telephone interviews: 12th & 14th/02/2019
Final interview / assessment: 1st &4th /02/2019
These dates are potentially subject to change but rest assured we will be in touch as quickly as we can.
To apply for this role online please click the 'apply' button.
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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 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.