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.

ALL internal applicants are asked to upload current CV. You can also provide a ‘Supporting Statement’ as part of your application which may include some of the information you would normally include in the EOI.

At Cafcass we know why you came into Social Work; To make a difference. To change lives. So, you aim to be exceptional in all you do and if you join us, you will be joining an organisation rated as "outstanding" by OFSTED following their recent inspection.

Cafcass champions 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.

Our Social Workers – which we call Family Court Advisers – require and deserve effective support from their Service Manager, which is where we hope you come in.

We have a Service Manager vacancy in the A7 area, this is a Full-Time role, managing a team of Family Court Advisers and working from Reading. This is an exciting opportunity to manage our services ensuring our intervention is targeted and impactful in the lives of those children who most need a service. Currently this vacancy will involve management of the EIT team.

If you wish to discuss further details and understand the nature of Service Manager role, please contact Grant Williams, Head of Practice on 07767 383356.

As you can imagine, for such a key position we have some minimum requirements:

Social Work England recognised Social Work qualification
Supervisory and/or Practice Management experience in various settings

We also think for you to succeed and truly make a difference, you should be someone who has;

Expert knowledge of children’s social work, including safeguarding, statutory and assessment frameworks
A track record of highly effective practice management or supervisory experience
Demonstrable experience of being a practice educator with the skills to continuously monitor, manage, develop and improve team and individual performance
Proven ability to establish strong and effective networks with other agencies
Experience of leading individuals and teams through change

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 SW England fees
Cycle to Work Scheme

Last date for applications:

15/05/2020

Final interview / assessment:

TBC (May)

We hope you’ve decided this is a role you would like. If so, please complete our short application process. Alternatively, if you haven't already visited our careers site dedicated to our Social Work roles, where you can find out more about why and how being a Social Worker at Cafcass is different, go to Cafcass Careers or to view all of our vacancies go to Current 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