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.

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.

We know being a Social Worker brings great responsibility. We know you want to fulfil those responsibilities with passion and professionalism, but you also want to work proportionately and achieve 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.

We are currently recruiting for our specialist High Court team based from Bloomsbury although there may be a requirement to travel across the UK on occasions. However, wherever you work we give you the technology to work flexibly whether this is in court, at home, in the office or of course, with children and families.

The High Court team represent the needs and safety of children subject to High Court Proceedings. Such cases are often high profile and/or complex as you can probably imagine. Should you join us you’ll use your social work knowledge, skills and experience to understand what the child needs, wants and feels.

Then you will advise the court on the best course of action for the child. You’ll do this by providing confident, powerful and succinct written risk and child impact assessment and case analysis and make evidence informed recommendations to the court. You’ll also attend court and be an advocate for the best interests of the child, ensuring their voice is heard.

The specialist nature of the work means we know the successful candidate(s) are likely to require a range of training to support them to do this work and you can be assured you will be given the individual and team support to succeed in this role. However, what we will be looking for you to demonstrate to us is that you;

You have experience in completing outstanding risk and child impact assessments;
You have significant court experience in representing children’s safety, needs, wishes and feelings i.e. the child’s voice;
Are resilient and organised;
Can work proportionately;
Have strong, intuitive IT skills; and
Are an effective verbal and written communicator.

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:

Wednesday 8th July 2020

Telephone interviews:

(w/c) 13th July 2020

Final interview / assessment:

20th 23rd, 24th July 2020

These dates are subject to change but rest assured we will be in touch as quickly as we can.

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.

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) > (Lucy Titmus - ). However, please note we cannot accept applications / CVs by email and you must apply online but rest assured the process is quick and simple.

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 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.