Vacancy -- Cafcass Cymru - Business Support (North Wales)

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
Team Support - £21,300 - £24,630
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Fixed term
2 years
North Wales

Purpose of Post:

Cafcass Cymru is a Division of the Health and Social Services Group within the Welsh Government. Cafcass Cymru is responsible for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children involved in family court proceedings.

Cafcass Cymru has 11 offices across Wales covered by five geographical operational areas.  The five geographical areas are:
•    North Wales
•    South Wales
•    Mid & West Wales
•    South West Wales
•    Gwent

This advert covers vacancies in the North Wales area (Llandudno Junction office).

The Business Support roles in Cafcass Cymru are pivotal in providing critical support to the operational teams within the organisation and ensuring the smooth and efficient running of the operational teams.

These roles are unique across Welsh Government, supporting Practice Managers, Family Court Advisors/ Family Court Social Workers and Business Support Managers in providing an effective service to Family Courts across Wales. 

This area of work deals with extremely detailed, sensitive and confidential information, as the post holders work with case related information when supporting services to vulnerable children and families during very difficult times in their lives.

Key tasks:

To provide a comprehensive operational support service, including screening court applications and orders, formatting confidential documentation, drafting communications and minutes to a high standard, arranging meetings, monitoring incoming communications, filing and other administrative duties whilst working to tight timescales.

Communicating professionally and effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders including courts, Police & Social Services Departments, solicitors, social work practitioners and service users. 

Deal with sensitive telephone discussions and reception queries with service users as required.

Take responsibility for own data entry tasks, contributing to ensuring the validity of the data in the Cafcass Cymru case management system (IRIS), reporting errors providing support and guidance to colleagues.

To contribute to the maintenance of internal records, including case related information, ensuring iShare records are complete and enabling effective compliance with Data Protection and Freedom of Information requirements.

Take responsibility for ensuring that all confidential information is dealt with efficiently and appropriately and in line with the relevant guidance and policy documents.

To contribute to the smooth day to day running of the office through the handling, recording and distribution of mail, maintaining and issuing supplies of stationery and office materials.

The post holder may be required to undertake other duties within their team to comply with corporate obligations, e.g. First Aider, Fire Warden, DSE assessments

Development opportunities:

This post provides the opportunity to work in a high profile role within a child focussed organisation.  

The posts offer opportunities to develop links across Cafcass Cymru, the Welsh Government and with key stakeholders. 

Closing Date:

16/08/2021, 16:00

Equality and Diversity

We are committed to supporting the principle that everybody should have the same opportunities for employment, development and progression. This should be based on their ability, competence and suitability for the role. This means that no applicant should receive less favourable treatment on grounds of their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, religion, transgender status, family or domestic responsibilities, or working patterns. Also nobody should be disadvantaged by any specific conditions or requirements, unless it can be justified that these could affect their ability to undertake the role.

We are committed to recruiting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people and disabled people who are currently under-represented in the Welsh Government.

Disability Confident

Welsh Government accepts the social definition of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new staff) can perform at their best. The Equality Act 2010 uses the medical definition of disability (“a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term impact on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities”).

We guarantee to interview anyone who is disabled whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence for the role and any qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

If you have an impairment or health condition, or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will support you if you were to be successful, please email as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace. 

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.

Can read some basic words and phrases with understanding
Can hold a basic conversation in Welsh
Can understand parts of a basic conversation
Can write basic messages on everyday topics

Social Partnership

In Welsh Government, the relationship between the employer and trade unions is based on social partnership. We believe our goals can best be achieved by management and trade unions working together.

Our 3 recognised trade unions are:
•         PCS
•         Prospect
•         FDA

This relationship is underpinned by a partnership agreement. This sets out how our unions work with Welsh Government on issues such as:
•         pay
•         terms and conditions
•         policies and procedures
•         organisational change.

Our Welsh Government trade union colleagues work together to give their members a real say in the workplace. They make sure that the interests of their members are promoted and protected. They also help reduce inequalities and improve terms and conditions.

The Welsh Government has an excellent track record of working in partnership with its trade unions. We encourage staff to get involved. We support you to join a recognised trade union, to ensure your voice is heard in the workplace. and to learn more about trade unions and partnership working.

Competency behaviours required for the role

Setting Direction - Making effective decisions

Make and record effective decisions following the appropriate decision making criteria, framework or guidance.

Engaging People - Collaborating and Partnering

Act in a fair and respectful way in dealing with others.

Delivering Results - Managing a Quality Service

Actively seek information from customers to understand their needs and expectations and manage information appropriately.

Delivering Results - Delivering at Pace

Work in an organised manner using own knowledge and expertise to deliver on time and to standard.

Job specific criteria

A good understanding and experience of using various IT packages, including Microsoft word, Excel, PowerPoint.
Ability to work well as part of a Team and on own initiative, with some experience of working with external organisations.
An ability to monitor and store critical data securely, accurately, confidently and responsibly.

Assessment Process

Applications will be sifted, successful candidates will be then invited to interview.

Other Information

Business Support staff within Cafcass Cymru provide a frontline service which operates from 9am to 5pm although flexibility of working hours is applicable according to business need. 

Location of post - Llandudno Junction - Cafcass Cymru staff are currently working remotely, but in the longer term we will adopt a blended and flexible approach which incorporates both office working and remote working, taking into account business need and how service users want to engage with us.  Therefore, successful candidates should expect to be required to attend the specified office on a regular basis. 

Jamie Toffrey:

How to apply

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