Vacancy -- Family Court Adviser - Gwent & South Wales
Purpose of Post:
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.
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.
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 SharedServiceHelpdesk@gov.wales as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.
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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.
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:
This relationship is underpinned by a partnership agreement. This sets out how our unions work with Welsh Government on issues such as:
• 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.
Competencies / Job Specific Criteria
Making Effective Decisions
- Make decisions when they are needed, even if they prove difficult or unpopular
Collaborating and Partnering
- Deal with conflict in a prompt, calm and constructive manner
Seeing the Big Picture
- Actively seek out and share experience to develop understanding and knowledge of own work and of team’s business area
Changing and Improving
- Actively encourage ideas from a wide range of sources and stakeholders and use these to inform own thinking
Job Specific Criteria:
- Evidence of Practice based tools to support evidence centred practice.
- 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.
- Evidence of effective case planning and recording casework with child/ren and families according to the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care.
Applicants should note that the purpose of this advert is to prepare for future vacancies in the role of Family Court Adviser. Successful candidates may not receive an immediate offer of a post, but will be held on a reserve list for 12 months from the date of interview outcomes being issued. Posts will be offered to candidates on this list in merit order when vacancies arise.
The closing date of this advert is currently 30/09/2021. However, should any vacancies arise the advert will close earlier, with 2 weeks’ notice of closure given.
Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years post qualifying experience of working within safeguarding services for children and their families in the statutory sector, a Diploma in Social Work (or Social Care Wales registered equivalent) and be a registered Social Worker with Social Care Wales or other Care Regulator.
To apply, you'll need to complete the online application form, answering the following 2 questions based on the job specific criteria above.
- 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. (Max 500 words)
- Drawing from examples from your practice, 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. (Max 500 words)
Please note, you do not need to provide a written response in relation to the 4 competencies. These will be tested at interview stage.
Remember to tell us your preferred location in the 'Additional Information' box.
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
For more detail about the application and interview process please contact CafcassCymruHR@gov.wales
Applications are welcomed from people with a diverse range of lived and professional social work experiences. Cafcass Cymru is actively committed to becoming an increasingly diverse organisation which meets the needs of a diverse range of service users. This is supported by a dynamic approach to learning and development. There are a number of Diversity networks which staff can participate in, which include The Minority Ethnic Staff Network, PRISM LGBTI+ Network, and the Women Together Network.
An allowance of £1,000 per year is available if you use your own car for all official business travel and cover in excess of 2,000 statutory miles per year. A valid driving licence and motor insurance is required.
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.
How to apply
This vacancy is closed to applications.