Agency Family Court Advisor - Cafcass

Medicare First
£26 per hour
01 Aug 2017
14 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
To provide advanced social work-level services to children, families and courts by assessing and analysing court applications for any child protection and serious welfare issues affecting a child or young person. Also to influence those with parental responsibility to be more child-focused when needed and to advise the courts about how a child's life can be improved, supporting judicial case management in the process.

To achieve this you will need to keep the child at the centre of your work through high quality direct work with children and their families. You will also need to be a skilled negotiator, working persuasively with family members and professionals on behalf of children.
You will need to keep the child's timescale in the context of the child's journey through childhood and, where applicable, the care system, at the centre of everything you do and you must be prepared to advocate in the best interests of the child, ensuring their voice is not lost in the court arena. You will be required to be a resilient, reflective and accountable practitioner, possessing good IT and organisational skills, so that you can maintain a high throughput of outstanding casework.

Skills to be demonstrated:

 A high standard of assessment and case analysis
 Ability to produce written work to a high standard
 Communicates effectively and demonstrates empathy with children & families within the family justice system
 Effective communication and joint working with a range of professionals and agencies.
 Negotiation Skills
 Ability to work autonomously
 Ability to work to deadlines
 Ability to prioritise
 Confident decision making to work in high conflict situations
 Ability to achieve safe outcomes in areas of conflict
 Knowledge and use of tools and models of risk assessment
 Ability to gather, record and analyse complex information
 High quality concise recording and reporting skills
 Effective casework planning to timescales
 Integrate diversity into practice
 Use of direct work techniques with children and adults
 Ability to respond to differing needs of children and adults
 Ability to engage children and adults from diverse backgrounds
 Competent and confident use of a range of IT and electronic systems
 Electronic planning and organising of work using a variety of IT tools
 Case Planning and use of various IT systems to monitor and record information
 Ability to work as part of a team


3 years post qualified experience
HCPC registration
current enhanced DBS issued in the last 12 months
excellent report writing and communication skills.

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