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.
At Cafcass we know why came into Social Work. To make a difference. To change lives. So you aim to be outstanding in all you do. We share your ambition.
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.
This opportunity is based from our Chelmsford office from where you will manage a team of Family Court Advisers covering the Essex area. As you can imagine, for such a key position we have some minimum requirements:
HCPC recognised Social Work qualification
Supervisory and/or Practice Management experience in various settings
We also think you 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;
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
Cycle to Work Scheme
We hope you’ve decided this is a role you would like, if so click 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 amd 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
Internal applicants that don’t have a current CV and prefer to submit an 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. Otherwise, if you are happy to submit your CV do so, you can also provide a ‘supporting statement’ as part of your application which may include some of the information you might normally include in the EOI.