Family Court Adviser (253278KTF) Sheffield, England

Salary: GBP28 - GBP28 per hour + home working, varied office bases

Exclusive opportunities have arisen in South & West Yorkshire for Family Court Advisors at Cafcass. The roles are full time and require an experienced Social Worker with 3 years post qualifying experience in Children & Families (court work experience is essential) This role is predominantly home based.
Using your 3 years post qualifying experience as a Family Court Advisor you will try to help families agree arrangements for their children, and if that is not possible, to advise the court on what you, as an experienced social worker, consider to be the best outcome for the children. Once one parent has made an application to the court, CAFCASS carries out safeguarding enquiries, including checks of local authorities and police, and telephone risk identification interviews with parents. You will inform the court of the outcome of those enquiries, and attend the first court appointment. Family Court Advisers also prepare Section 7 reports if ordered to do so by a judge. When a court feels a report about what is in the best interests of the child or the children's wishes and feelings is necessary, the Family Court Adviser will meet with the parents and any other relevant adults, and usually see the children separately, in order to form an opinion on what would be the best outcome for the children. The report will explain what enquiries have been made and what they think is best for the children. In public law proceedings, the CAFCASS officer's role is to represent the rights and interests of a child during cases where social services have become involved or in contested adoptions. They can appoint a solicitor to represent the child, advise the court about what needs to be done before it can make a decision, and write a report for the court saying what they think would be best for the children, including the wishes and feelings of the children concerned.

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