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Associate Family Court Adviser - Public and Private Law

Location: England
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This is a {Advertised Permanent / Temporary}, {Advertised Full Time / Part Time} vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

(15/08/23) PLEASE NOTE: we will temporarily not be accepting Associate Family Court Adviser applications. If you currently have an application in progress, you will not be able to submit it. 

We aim to receive applications again in October 2023, and will keep candidates updated.

If you have any queries, please contact daisy.sheldon@cafcass.gov.uk


Associate Family Court Advisers (Self Employed FCA) are an important part of the Cafcass working community, complimenting the challenging and rewarding work done across England by our employed teams.


There are many reasons why people choose to engage with Cafcass in this way. The unique nature of the work, the flexibility and independence to manage income and work/life balance, and the opportunity to do other work alongside are just some.


We welcome interest at this time from individuals that are able to support service delivery working on a mixed caseload of Public and Private Law, with the ability to travel at least an hour away from your home at times. As part of this role we require applicants that are able to take a minimum rolling caseload of between 8 - 10 cases.


We are currently recruiting nationwide, across England. 


If you are interested in applying to become an Associate, please note you must:

  1. Be social work qualified
  2. Have 5+ years post qualifying experience
  3. Be SWE registered to work in England


We also think for you to succeed and truly make a difference you should be someone who:

  • is an expert in safeguarding, child engagement, inter-agency working, case analysis, planning and recording
  • can work independently
  • is committed to their continuous professional development (CPD)
  • has experience working with highly vulnerable children and families
  • is resilient and organised
  • can work proportionately
  • has strong, intuitive IT skills
  • is an effective verbal and written communicator.


If you haven’t already, we suggest taking a few minutes to go to find out how we work at Cafcass, to help you better understand what becoming an Associate FCA entails, what you can expect in terms of remuneration and the support you will receive.


We hope you are still interested and if so, hope you will take a few minutes to apply. As well as submitting a current CV, you’ll be able to submit a supporting statement if you wish, in which you might want to let us know why you are interested in becoming an Associate FCA.


If having reviewed your details we feel you meet our criteria, we’ll be in touch to confirm the next steps. However, we’d like to use this opportunity to let you know where and when we’ll be holding panel interviews - which is the last stage of the recruitment process – over the next few months:


Telephone Interview: Ongoing

Written Assessment: Ongoing

Panel Interviews: Ongoing


In the meantime, if you would like to informally find out about the role before deciding to apply, you are welcome to contact the Recruiting Manager by email advising of the best number to contact you on and most suitable time(s) (Sarah Isaac-Brown - Sarah.Isaac-Brown@cafcass.gov.uk). However, please note we cannot accept applications / CVs by email and you must apply online but rest assured the process is quick and simple.


Finally, in anticipation of your application being successful, you might want to read about the offer and pre-employment checks process. As part of your application you can highlight any concerns or questions about the pre-employment checks and we encourage all applicants to do so, safe in the knowledge such information will not be shared with individuals involved in the selection process.


We look forward to hearing from you.


Please be advised successful applicants will be subject to a range of pre-engagement 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.



We are Cafcass – the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service – and we represent children in family court cases in England.

Independently advising the family courts about what is safe for children and in their best interests, we speak up for over 140,0000 children every year when the family court makes critical decisions about their futures, ensuring their needs, wishes and feelings are heard. In short, our role is to… 

If our purpose resonates with you, then if you join us you will work alongside like-minded people in a diverse, inclusive and supportive organisation. You will be trusted to work flexibly and independently using outstanding technology (e.g. touchscreen laptops, iPhone, all with first class support, including IT Trainers) with access to substantial resources (e.g. Cafcass Library has over 27,000 resources on social work, child protection and related topics). You will also have opportunities to develop, whatever team you join, wherever you are in the country and at whatever stage you are at in your career. 

Whether you join us in one of our social work roles that work directly with children and families or our corporate and business services teams who provide technology, support and expertise, you will have the chance to make a difference for children and families. You can also find out more at www.cafcass.gov.uk/careers.

The wellbeing of our colleagues is something we are truly passionate about, as demonstrated by everyone having four dedicated, additional days per year when they are encouraged to spend time focusing on their health and wellbeing.

Colleagues can also have a health and wellbeing cash plan, for which Cafcass pays the basic premium (you can upgrade to include family members), which allows them to claim back some costs of routine health expenses, including dental check-ups, eye tests, physiotherapy sessions and more.

Overall, we foster a holistic approach to supporting our colleagues, benefitting physical, mental and financial health. This is led by a dedicated in-house team, the benefits of which include meaning support is targeted and specific to what colleagues need. Our team can also offer support and guidance when it comes to specific health conditions, such as neuro-diverse conditions, cancer and the menopause.

Our wellbeing offer is further strengthened by an external Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) which provides a free confidential support service 24 hours a day. This means access to clinical and professional expertise which gives you a chance to talk about all kinds of work and personal issues.

If this wasn’t enough, we are especially proud that over 125 colleagues have completed training and receive ongoing support to act as Health and Wellbeing Champions. Furthermore, we have nearly 100 people that have trained to be Mental Health Allies.

We represent children and families from diverse backgrounds and having a diverse workforce helps us to fulfil this responsibility authentically.

It also helps us to grow, evolve and innovate, so we particularly welcome applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds as we strive to ensure our workforce reflects the diversity of the children and families we work with.

We are also a Disability Confident Leader, which further underlines our commitment to employ, train, retain and develop the careers of colleagues with disabilities.

Our Diversity Networks provide a safe space for colleagues with shared aspects of identity and lived experience – supported by allies across the organisation. The networks help ensure we provide an inclusive working environment and a service which promotes the diversity and uniqueness of children and families from all backgrounds. 

Our current networks include:

‘Together with Children and Families’ (which we just call ‘Together’) is the name of our relationship-based practice framework. It applies to the work of every individual in Cafcass, from Social Workers to Leaders and includes our Corporate and Business Support teams.

It is at the heart of what we do and is made up of our values, how these values work in practice, the tools to use to incorporate these values in our work and the impact this will have on the children and families we serve.

This framework encourages us to be pro-active and to look for the strengths in ourselves and others. It also enables us to build positive relationships with our colleagues, our partners and most importantly, with the children and families with whom we work.

We look forward to telling helping you learn more about Together should you join us.

We know if you join us you want to be rewarded in a variety of ways, including time away from work to spend time with those important to you, manage your financial present and future, whilst also be trusted to manage your work/life balance.

Therefore, in addition to our unique, holistic approach to supporting your health and wellbeing we also provide:

This list is just a selection of main benefits and we have a range of policies and processes that allow us to support our colleagues - and their families – and we look forward to providing you with further information about these in due course.

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