This vacancy is currently only open to individuals already working at Cafcass. If you apply, your application will only be reviewed by our Hiring Managers if the role is not filled internally and AFTER it has been opened to external applicants to apply. Instead, we recommend you revisit this site after the initial expiry date has passed to see if the vacancy is open to external applicants.

IMPORTANT: Internal applicants are asked to complete Expression of Interest (EOI) - you can download this form by going to the ‘Documents Available’ button above. You need to complete and submit this when asked to upload a CV to your application.

We continue to closely monitor the situation surrounding the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are following official guidance from the government and the advice given by Public Health England. We are continuing to recruit but are adapting our timescales and processes to reflect the guidance and advice. Therefore, if we progress your application we will engage with you remotely, either by telephone and/or video call.

At Cafcass we know why you work in Social Work. To make a difference. To change lives. So you aim to be outstanding in all you do.

Therefore, you'll be pleased to know that "outstanding" is exactly the outcome OFSTED reached when they recently inspected us. You'll also be reassured by the other awards we have won around flexible working and health and wellbeing that we are an organisation that is committed to supporting our staff.

We champion the interests of children in family court proceedings, advising the courts on each child’s interests based on their needs, wishes and feelings. In the last year we worked to safeguard and promote the welfare of over 125,000 of the most vulnerable children in our society, at a time of upheaval and uncertainty in their lives.

This opportunity to join us as a Practice Supervisor, supporting the Service Manager to supervise a team of Family Court Advisers covering Bristol as this team is an essential one in maintaining and continually improving our service standards.

The key areas of responsibility for a Practice Supervisor are:

Ensure high-quality safeguarding and child protection measures are followed, keeping the well-being and safety of the child paramount at all times. You will achieve this by working directly with children & families to achieve safe and positive outcomes.
Produce high quality work with a rapid throughput, assist with allocating cases and provide reflective supervision, informal coaching/mentoring and effective performance management to ensure high, consistent standards are achieved.
Carry out advanced social work level case analysis, advising and assisting the Court to achieve timely conclusions and the best possible outcome. You will also administer orders made by the Family Court and ensure a clear child-focused plan of work in each case is provided. You will also instruct legal representation as required, and work in partnership with relevant agencies

Is this a role that interests you? If so, let us tell you a little more about some of the essential, minimum requirements we have for this role:

Qualified Social Worker
4+ year’s post qualifying experience in social work with children and families at risk
Registered with the SWE as a Social Worker in England

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
Has experience of training, coaching and supporting to improve individual practice
Can motivate and lead others to achieve realistic goals and monitor progress towards

We would also like to draw your attention that this role has been identified as suiting someone who has a full driving licence. This is because of the nature of the work undertaken, the geographical area involved, and that public transport is not considered a viable alternative.

Should you join us, not only will you receive a competitive salary but a range of other benefits which we believe collectively makes for a market-leading offer. Further information is in the attached document as is the formal job description / person specification and other relevant information.

To apply we have a simple application process and you can upload your current, up-to-date CV and a provide a short supporting statement.

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:

25/05/2020

Telephone interviews:

(w/c) TBC

Final interview / assessment:

(w/c) TBC

These dates 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 us why should consider joining us visit https://www.cafcass.gov.uk/careers or to view all opportunities we are currently recruiting for, go to Current Vacancies. Also you can contact one of the Hiring mangers for more information on- OR

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, 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.

Please note we may close this vacancy prior to the advertised closing date should we feel we have sufficient applications. Our application process is very quick and simple and so encourage you to apply now.