Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) – Recruitment of up to three members

Body: Ministry of Justice
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: Meetings usually take place in London and on occasion in other locations in the UK. Some travel is required to attend meetings and events across the UK.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: Up to 3
Remuneration: £286.82 per day
Time Requirements: 35 days per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    29/03/2021 at 09:00

  • Panel Sift

    April 2021

  • Final Interview Date

    September 2021

  • Announcement

    October 2021


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The purpose of the 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 specifically 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.

Members of the Board may be called upon to chair various Cafcass working groups that are charged with developing strategies for priority areas, or to take on lead roles for specific issues. The lead role system is well developed and is based upon important thematic issues being taken forward by a Board member and designated senior manager, on behalf of the Board and the Cafcass Executive (the Corporate Management Team).

Person Specification

Essential criteria

Candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • An understanding, or willingness and 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) plus the capacity to promote better outcomes for children;
  • Experience of governance, risk and financial management gained through working at a senior level, either nationally or regionally, in the public, private or voluntary sectors.
  • Evidence of sound judgement, customer focus with the ability to command respect and establish credibility to enable you to act as an ambassador for the organisation in line with Cafcass’ values and behaviours;
  • Evidence of effective working as a team member, with the ability to contribute to the long-term strategy, development and success of the organisation;
  • Evidence of exceptional communication skills with the ability to engage with stakeholders to secure the commitment of other key organisations, agencies and individuals to work together to achieve shared goals; and
  • Evidence of valuing and promoting diversity.


Desirable criteria

  • Experience of private law proceedings in the family courts;
  • Experience as a member of an Audit and Risk Committee; and
  • Experience of leading, managing and embedding change within an organisation, ideally enabled by digital technology gained through senior experience.

Additional Information

Tenure: Public appointments are offered on a fixed term basis. We do this to ensure that the leadership of our public bodies is regularly refreshed and that Cafcass can benefit from new perspectives and ideas. The appointment will run for 4 years with the possibility of reappointment for a further term subject to satisfactory appraisal and at the discretion of Ministers.  Overall, the tenure period must not exceed eight years (Regulation 6(b) of the Cafcass Regulations 2005).

Remuneration: Remuneration is taxable and subject to Class 1 National Insurance contributions. The role is not pensionable and your remuneration may be abated if you receive a public service pension.

Performance Appraisal: You will be assessed annually on performance; appraisal arrangements will be agreed on appointment.

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