CASCAIDr Vacancy – Care Act Legal Adviser

This new opportunity is for a Care Act legal adviser – and by that, we mean an experienced paralegal / a qualified solicitor or person seeking to qualify through the QWE route / a legal framework expert who has done advice work.

You must have aptitude for, or be skilled at community care law, probing the client and applying public law principles with confidence. We work through correspondence, so you need to be good at writing and aware of the complaints system, the LGSCO’s work, and ideally, the role of a council’s Monitoring Officer.

Location: this role can be discharged anywhere – ie from home, as we are well set up for remote working – but our HQ is in Farnham, Surrey.

You will not be held out as a practising solicitor – we provide unregulated legal advice via a charitable model.

You are assured of excellent supervision, training and diverse responsibilities which will ensure that your career prospects are enhanced by the rounding-out of your existing skills and knowledge that the role involves.

Start date: After 19 September.

Hours: 35 p/w – the work could be done over 4 long days per week. But we are interested in offering the right person flexible, FT or PT work (21 p/w minimum, pro rata)

Salary: £32,500 pa

Essential mix of knowledge, skills, attributes and abilities

  • A demonstrable in-depth knowledge of public law, people’s rights and the business of empowering those who are disempowered in relation to their position with the council
  • A demonstrably deep knowledge of the Care Act (the statute and Regs) and the Mental Capacity Act
  • A working knowledge of, or willingness to study, the CHC national framework
  • Demonstrable knowledge of and experience in applying broader public law principles
  • Strong skill and confidence in verbal and written communication
  • A demonstrable ability to work on one’s own intellectual initiative, subject to loose supervision driven by your own awareness of things you are not sure of
  • A demonstrable capacity for managing one’s own time/workload and competing demands – you need to be a self-starter, and able to say no to being taken off on a tangent!
  • A demonstrable commitment to ongoing personal and professional development / remaining up to date with legal developments

Desirable Skills/Attributes/Experience

  • Empathy and commitment
  • Good listening and eliciting skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Concise report writing skills
  • Pre-existing ability to use IT to maximise efficiency
  • Some sort of direct experience of working with the type of people who will need advice, support and advocacy

Desirable academic credentials and/or likely working backgrounds

  • Being a solicitor or chartered legal executive or non-practising barrister
  • A law degree is a good starting point in a younger candidate
  • A working knowledge of human rights and equalities law
  • An alternative professional qualification such as being a social worker, nurse or occupational therapist may be of use
  • A qualification or CPD of any sort in mental capacity / safeguarding
  • An advocacy qualification and / or experience
  • CABx experience in welfare related law
  • A broader advice background
  • A benefits advice background
  • A social services complaints handling background
  • Management experience in social care could be helpful as managers deal with problematic issues all the time and should have a good knowledge of the law
  • Experience in social work, social care, health or perhaps housing or benefits services
  • A background or qualification in counselling, if coupled with one of the above sets of knowledge….

Apply

Please fill in the form below with your details. Please attach an up to date CV with the names and contact details of two referees who are willing to endorse your work and attributes. If you have any questions about the role or the application process, please contact leeforster@cascaidr.org.uk

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Please explain how it has come about that you consider yourself to be familiar with how the Care Act, Regulations and Guidance work?