Family Court Adviser (Social Worker) - Kent
At Cafcass we know why you became a Social Worker. To make a difference. We know you want to spend time on the parts of your work that really enable that to happen. We also understand you want support to continue your professional development while having a healthy work life balance.
We are holding an Open Event on Thursday 28th September (4-6.30pm) at our office in Chatham (post code ME4 4EE) when you can come along and talk to Managers and Peers to understand how the working practices that made us a recent winner of the Social Work Employer of the Year as well a multiple other awards around flexible working could make a real difference for you professionally and personally.
If you do join us as a Family Court Adviser - which is what we call our Social Workers - you will advise the Family Court as children and families go through significant events including care proceedings, adoption and parental separation. In this role you will be part of our team supporting Kent that is based in Chatham. Wherever you live in the county - from Sevenoaks to Margate, Northfleet to Folkestone and everywhere in between - we're interested in hearing from you.
While our area office is in Chatham, we operate in an environment that combines trust with technology so we provide laptops, smartphones so you can work at court, at home, in the office, and, of course, with children and families, so the amount of time you actually spend in the office might be quite limited.
You'll use your social work skills and experience to understand what the child needs, wants and feels. Then you will advise the Family Courts on the best course of action for the child. You'll do this by providing confident, powerful and succinct written 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.
As you can imagine our work is demanding. So to be considered for such a privileged, responsible role of being the voice of some of the most vulnerable children in England, there are a few things we're looking for from you:
- Qualified Social Worker with at least 3 years experience
- Registered with the HCPC as a Social Worker in England
- Experienced at working with highly vulnerable children and families
- An expert in safeguarding, child engagement, inter-agency working, case analysis, planning and recording.
We also think you 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
- Childcare Vouchers
- Cycle to Work Scheme
We hope you've decided this is a role you would like to out more about and would like to register your interest in finding out more about the opportunity. If so, please complete our short application process, including providing a copy of your current CV. As part of the application we'll also ask you if you plan to attend our Open Event so that we can send you details, if applicable.
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.
Open Event: 28/09/17 Telephone interviews: (w/c) 09/10/17 and 16/10/17 Final interview / assessment: (w/c) 30/10/17
These dates for interviews are potentially subject to change but rest assured we will be in touch as quickly as we can.
If you want to find out a bit more about why you should consider joining us visit our website via the button below or to view all of our current vacancies, go to Current Cafcass Vacancies.
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 .