Putting Children and Young People first in the family courts

Chief Executive                                                                                                                           c£155k pa

Location: Flexible office across England

Cafcass is the independent voice of the child in family courts throughout England. This unique, national role requires an individual with presence and influence both within and outside of the organisation. The Chief Executive will be a trusted and respected leader with an ambitious and aspirational vision of delivering an outstanding social work service to circa 135,000 of the most vulnerable children and young people in England each year. They must be an inspirational leader for all Cafcass staff and contractors – Cafcass being the largest children’s social care employer in England with a unique national role and profile. We have a workforce of over 1,900 based in 33 offices across the country.

The role of the Chief Executive is to shape Cafcass to be totally focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for children and young people, using the resources available. Cafcass’ internal vision is that all of its services, front line and corporate, perform to an outstanding level and standard because for each child we work with, it may be their only chance of a safe and happy future.

The Chief Executive is accountable to the Board, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and to Parliament in various ways for the strategic leadership, management, planning and direction of all services provided by Cafcass and for the careful stewardship of public funds. They will ensure Cafcass maintains and continues to build on its 2018 ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating, to become ‘consistently outstanding’. In doing so they will help define the next chapter of the organisation and its impact on shaping the wider family justice system.

For a confidential discussion please call our advising consultants at Penna: Maggie Hennessy 07877 004648, Chris Barrow 0203 849 2624 or Anita Denton 07725 554802.

Closing date for receipt of applications: Monday 1 April 2019

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