Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service Board Member

Body: Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: London
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £286.82 per day
Time Requirements: 35 days per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    12/12/2022 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Sift and interview dates to be confirmed


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The purpose of the Cafcass Board is threefold: to ensure good governance across the organisation, to add value to Cafcass’s strategic direction and programmes, and to ensure that Cafcass’ policies are compatible with those of the Secretary of State.

The Board is responsible for:

• Establishing and taking forward the strategic aims and objectives of Cafcass consistent with its overall strategic direction and within the policy and resources framework determined by the responsible Minister;

• Ensuring that the responsible Minister is kept informed of any changes or risks that are likely to impact on the strategic direction of Cafcass or on the attainability of its targets, and determining the steps needed to deal with such changes or risks;

• Ensuring that any statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public funds are complied with; that the Board operates within the limits of its statutory authority and any delegated authority agreed with the Department, and in accordance with any other conditions relating to the use of public funds; and that, in reaching decisions, the Board takes into account guidance issued by Department;

• Ensuring that it receives and reviews regular financial information concerning the management of Cafcass; is informed in a timely manner of any concerns about the activities of Cafcass; and provides positive assurance to the Department that appropriate action has been taken on such concerns;

• Demonstrating high standards of corporate governance at all times, including by using the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee to help the Board to identity, address and manage key financial and other risks;

• Ensuring Cafcass is compliant with appropriate adaptations of sections of Corporate Governance in Central Government Departments: Code of Good Practice;

• Ensuring suitable business continuity arrangements are put into place and tested; and

• Appointing a Chief Executive and, in consultation with the Department, setting performance objectives and remuneration terms linked to those objectives for the Chief Executive, which give due weight to the proper management and use of public resources.


Person Specification

  • Commitment to improve the outcomes for children and young people in family court proceedings. Ability to work as part of a Board to advise, challenge and hold to account Cafcass leaders and our partners to deliver positive change for children involved in legal proceedings;


  • Knowledge of the family justice system: Proven experience of (or a commitment to quickly acquire) an understanding of the family justice system and children’s services, including child safeguarding priorities and programmes, children’s social care and court work;


  • Excellent communication and influencing skills: Ability to gain the respect and confidence of senior stakeholders and to collaborate effectively with them to achieve shared goals across a complex system;


  • Ability to contribute towards strategy and good governance: Appreciation of the management of operational and financial risk in the public, private or voluntary sectors.



Desirable criteria

Candidates should ideally have experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Promoting organisational values, behaviours and diversity: Able to evidence leading or promoting values and improving equality and diversity within an organisation;


  • Cultural and organisational transformation: Experience of leading, managing and embedding change through people, practice and technology;


  • Digital engagement and data analytics/insights: Understanding of how to use digital and social platforms to engage with a variety of audiences and/or use data analytics tools to provide insights to support policy and operational change.
Supporting Documents
Cafcass Candidate Information Pack 251122 Final
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