Cafcass stands for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service and we represent children in public and private family court cases in England.
We make sure that children's voices are heard and decisions are taken in their best interests. We achieve this by working with children and their families, and then advise the courts on what we consider to be in the best interests of children.
Our duty is to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, putting their needs, wishes and feelings first and ensuring their voice is heard at the heart of the family court setting.
We are independent of the courts, social services, education, health authorities and all similar agencies.
Cafcass may be asked by the court to work with families in three main areas:
- Divorce and separation
- Care proceedings
We are the largest single employer of social workers in the UK. The vast majority of our staff are frontline and all our corporate support services are focused on delivering the best possible service for our practitioners and the children and families we work with.
Our 2017-18 Annual Report sets out our performance and most recent key achievements.
Our Operating Framework sets out how we approach all aspects of our practice and corporate support services.
For further information about Cafcass please visit our Guardian site
Benefits of working for Cafcass
We support you to achieve the right work/life balance by investing in technology to enable you to make the most of your time and work wherever you need to.
If you join us you will have the equipment (laptop or tablet plus smart phone) to work from an office, home or on the move. We have also video-conferencing facilities in some of our office locations and Skype, reducing the need for travel.
Rewards and benefits
We believe our total benefits package is amongst the best in the sector. We offer competitive salaries, including London weighting where applicable, and excellent annual leave benefits (28 days rising to 33 days with service). Other benefits include:
- Local Government Pension Scheme with 15.8% employer contribution.
- Health and Wellbeing Plan (option to upgrade to include partner and children)
- HCPC registration fees reimbursed
- Childcare vouchers
- Cycle to Work scheme/Season ticket loans
- Potential to bring continuous service from current employer
Learning and Development
We know you want to continue to develop professionally and our approach to learning and development is an inclusive one.
We help you to use your strengths and provide space for you to continually develop. We enable you to reflect upon and discuss your aspirations and support you to learn and achieve more.
At the root of all our development strategies is regular supervision and Performance and Learning Reviews. You help identify your own development needs and we have a range of tools in place to support you in addressing these.
Also, through our online learning platform, you can access a range of materials at any time. There are modules on a range of topics, from social work practice, to management theory and personal development. Our National Improvement Service and HR teams also run a range of workshops and events, allowing all staff to develop core competencies.
We’ve also developed a Cafcass Coaching Skills programme which combines eLearning with real-life practice. We recognise that some learning is best done one to one, so we have a network of coaches and mentors that can really support your development.