Family Court Adviser (Social Worker) - South London

South London
Up to £45,417 plus “Golden Hello” of £8k
24 Aug 2017
14 Sep 2017
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Are you a qualified, experienced Social Worker who wants to work for an employer that supports and enables you to focus on what really matters?

Are you a looking for a more flexible way of working to deliver outcomes for vulnerable children?

We are seeking qualified, experienced Social Workers who can understand and be the voice of the Child in Family Court, ensuring they have a say in their future.

At Cafcass we know that you became a social worker to make a difference; that you want to spend time on the parts of your work that really enable that to happen; and that you want support to continue developing your professional practice and have a healthy work life balance.

It’s understanding this that has enabled us to create working practices that make us Employer of the Year and a winner of multiple awards around flexible working.  

Our Social Workers are called Family Court Advisers and advise the Family Court as children and families go through significant events including care proceedings, adoption and parental separation. We are looking to recruit social workers for our private law team. Our private law cases are about working with children whose parents/families are going through divorce or separation and are seeking resolution to residency/visitor orders or families going through adoption.

In this role you’ll use your Social Work skills to understand what the child needs, wants and feels and will then give advice to the family courts on the best course of action for the child.  You’ll be able to write confidently, providing powerful and succinct case analysis and make recommendations to the court.  You will make a real difference for children by representing their best interests in the Family Courts, ensuring their voice is not lost in the court arena.

In order to complete this work you will be social work qualified, registered with the HCPC as a social worker in England, and experienced at working with highly vulnerable children and families. You will be an expert in safeguarding, child engagement, inter-agency working, case analysis, planning and recording.

Through the provision of laptops and smartphones we enable you to work in our office in Croydon, at court, at home, and, of course, with children and families. Developed IT systems and regular supervision from experienced managers ensures you can deliver your best and develop professionally.  We invest in our staff and our talent management and career paths enable promotion opportunities for talented people.

Our work is demanding, therefore you will need to be resilient and organised, have the ability to work proportionately, with strong IT skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills. In return, we offer a privileged role – being the voice in the family court for some of the most vulnerable children in England.

As you would expect there are a few key things we need you to be:

  • Social Work qualified
  • 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 , self-sufficient, emotionally intelligent and organised
  • Can prioritise their work in accordance to the need of the child and their families.
  • Has strong, intuitive IT skills and is willing to embrace modern ways of working.
  • Is an effective verbal and written communicator and able to effectively communicate by telephone.

Now we've told you about the role we hope you're nearly reay to tell us a little about yourself. Before you do, let us tell you a flavour of the benefits you'll receive should you join us:

  • Golden Hello Package of £8,000
  • Up to 33 days Annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Local government pension scheme
  • Laptop/Tablet and smart phone standard issue to enable remote working
  • HCPC Fees Paid
  • Health & Wellbeing support including Healthcare Scheme Membership
  • Flexible Working
  • Talent Management
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Corporate Discount Schemes

As an experienced social worker we appreciate that you will be more familiar with the public law arena, and that is why we are offering recruitment incentives for people who are looking to broaden their experience and transfer their skills to the private law setting.

If you have the skills drive and experience we are looking for then apply online today!

Telephone interviews - w/c 18th & 25th Sept.

Final assessment - w/c 2nd Oct in our Croydon office.