Vacancy -- Family Court Advisers (South Wales area)

Recruitment Principles

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Vacancy Details

Health and Social Services
Cafcass Cymru
Management Band 1 - £37,600 - £44,950
A starting salary between £37,600 and £39,750 will be offered to the successful candidate based on their skills, knowledge and experience and performance at interview. This range is not negotiable.
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Cardiff, South East Wales, South West Wales

Purpose of Post:

To assess the needs, safeguard and promote the welfare of individual children involved in Family Proceedings and providing advice and reports to the family courts to achieve the best possible outcomes for these children

Key tasks:

As a Family Court Adviser you will:

  • Carry a case load of private and/or public law cases.
  • Provide professional social work advice and assistance to Courts to achieve a timely conclusion to proceedings and secure the best possible outcome for the child based on their individual needs and best interests.
  • Provide high quality evidence (orally and in writing) to the Court.
  • Ensure that the child’s welfare is paramount throughout proceedings, including ensuring the child is safeguarded in line with organisational requirements and the All Wales Child Protection Procedures. 
  • Ensure the appointment and instruction of legal representation for the child as required and in line with statutory and organisational requirements.
  • Ensure the child’s wishes and feelings are appropriately taken into account and reported upon in a timely and high quality fashion throughout the assessment of the child’s needs as part of family proceedings.
  • Advise and assist parents and other relevant parties to proceedings in dispute in the child’s best interest in order to minimise the need for court intervention.
  • Work effectively with partner organisations, stakeholders and service users whilst maintaining the required independence as part of proceedings.
  • Keep up to date with changes in legislation, guidance, court rules, policies, procedures and best practice developments.
  • Comply with organisational policies, procedures, statutory requirements and court rules in the delivery of services to children and families involved in family proceedings.
  • Be responsible for personal learning and development in accordance with the requirements of Social Care Wales and the Welsh Government’s performance management process.
  • Work as a team member, attend relevant meetings and contribute to the effectiveness and wider planning of Cafcass Cymru as required.
  • Provide management information on workloads, practice and performance as required.
  • Use ICT effectively for case planning and recording and to support service delivery.
  • Represent Cafcass Cymru and the Welsh Government in a professional manner conducive to promoting a positive image at all times.

Development opportunities:

This post offers substantial opportunities to play a key role in the management, development and improvement of an all-Wales service, including liaison with a variety of agencies and organisations.

Closing Date:

15/02/2019, 16:00

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing its bilingual workforce, and welcomes applications for any post from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

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Competencies / Job Specific Criteria

Selection Process

To apply, you'll need to complete the online application form, and prepare a document answering the following 2 questions based on the job specific criteria below:

  1. Using an example from your practice, demonstrate your understanding of the needs of children subject to family proceedings and explain why timely reporting and decision making is critical to ensuring good outcomes for children.
  2. Tell us about your experience in using evidence based practice to inform your analysis and how this leads to safe and robust recommendations which inform decision making to secure the best outcome possible for children and young people.

In your responses to these questions, you must provide examples from your previous practice which evidence how you have previously demonstrated the job specific criteria for this role.

You should aim to write around 500 words for each question.  You should upload your document in either Word or Pdf format on the 'Attach Competency / Job Specific Criteria Evidence' page of the application form.  Also, remember to tell us your preferred location in the 'Additional Information' box.

You'll also be asked to attach a copy of your current CV.

Once you’ve submitted your application form, the selection process will consist of the following stages:

  • Stage 1 – Shortlisting based on responses to the above questions
  • Stage 2 – Panel interview on the competencies and job specific criteria, including presentation prepared on the day


  1. Making Effective Decisions - Make decisions when they are needed, even if they prove difficult or unpopular
  2. Leading and Communicating - Communicate in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner with all stakeholders and stand ground when needed
  3. Delivering at pace - Plan ahead but reassess workloads and priorities if situations change or people are facing conflicting demands
  4. Changing and Improving - Actively encourage ideas from a wide range of sources and stakeholders and use these to inform own thinking 

Job Specific Criteria

  1. Evidence of Practice based tools to support evidence centred practice.
  2. An understanding of the needs of children involved in private and public law proceedings within the family justice system including the importance of timely reporting and avoiding delays in decision-making for children.
  3. Evidence of effective case planning and recording casework with child/ren and families according to the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care.



Other Information

We strongly encourage all potential candidates to contact Cafcass Cymru prior to completing an application to discuss the role and recruitment process.

Please contact CafcassCymruHR@gov.Wales, noting the area you are interested in working in to arrange an appointment to speak with a manager. 

This advert covers vacancies in the South Wales area (offices in Cardiff, Merthyr, Newport and Swansea).

Successful candidates will be appointed in merit order to immediate vacancies and any further vacancies arising over the next 12 months.


How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have a disability which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to a disability in order to submit your application.

To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system.  Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account.  Registration takes just a few minutes to complete.  You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register.  Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.  

If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link).

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)

This vacancy is closed to applications.