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.
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. 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.
You didn’t become a Social Worker because you thought it would be easy. You became a Social Worker because you wanted to make a difference for some of the most vulnerable in society, a responsibility that you knew would bring challenges.
As the largest employer of Social Workers in England, Cafcass fully understands those challenges and we support you to work flexibly, proportionally and safely so you can achieve the best outcomes for children and families, and a healthy work life balance for yourself.
Cafcass leads the way in when it comes to professional development, flexible working, use of technology and health and wellbeing support. And these were just some of the factors that contributed to Ofsted giving us an ‘outstanding’ rating at our last inspection in 2018, just the 4th national organisation to receive this rating.
Our Social Workers are called Family Court Advisers, although you may have also heard them referred to as Children’s Guardians, and we are recruiting for our teams based from Plymouth although we trust you to work flexibly whether this is in court, at home, in the office or of course, with children and families and provide the technology to enable this.
We are currently recruiting for our Private Law team(s), which means you may potentially be working on cases up to first hearing or if Cafcass is asked to do an assessment, part of the team that produces Section 7 reports.
Should you apply we will talk to you about how the work differs and which may best suit you but whichever team you join, you will draw on your experience, knowledge and skills to understand what the child needs, wants and feels and effectively communicate this to the court, either in writing and/or in person.
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
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 provide a short supporting statement.
We know how busy Social Workers are, so we’d like to give you some dates for your diary to help you understand the timescales we are working to:
Last date for applications:
Final interview / assessment:
These dates are subject to change but rest assured we will be in touch as quickly as we can.
In the meantime, if you would like to informally find out about the role before deciding to apply, you are welcome to contact the Recruiting Manager by email advising of the best number to contact you on and most suitable time(s) >Liz Wilson-
However, please note we cannot accept applications / CVs by email and you must apply online but rest assured the process is quick and simple.
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.
Please note, if you apply for more than one current FCA vacancy (maybe in different teams or parts of the country) as we can only progress one application at a time, you will be contacted to ask you to tell us which opportunity you wish to pursue. Please note if your application for one vacancy is unsuccessful, there may be limitations on when you can re-apply.
Finally, if you want to find out a bit more about us why should consider joining us visit https://www.cafcass.gov.uk/careers or if you wish 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 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-engagement 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.