Thurrock Council

Advocate - Safeguarding

West Thurrock, Grays
£45,828 to £61,467
16 May 2018
17 Jun 2018
Full time
Contract type

Advocate - Safeguarding 

This is an opportunity to join a busy, but friendly, supportive and very well regarded team and to undertake stimulating and rewarding work with the satisfaction that comes from helping to achieve better outcomes for vulnerable children and young people.

Our vision is to be a Legal Service that is recognised nationally as best practice in the public sector.

We are looking for an advocate with the ability to formulate and present quality legal argument to the Courts on behalf of our clients, both orally and in writing, within hearings of varying lengths and complexity.

You will have an extensive knowledge of the law relating to children and families. The successful candidate will also be able to evidence personal commitment to continuous self-development and service improvement.

You will be a qualified Barrister or Solicitor ideally with Higher Rights of Audience with experience in presenting children’s safeguarding cases, and able and committed to working in a flexible manner including outside normal office hours, when the role necessitates the same. You will be a key member of the team, confident and able to work independently and act upon your own initiative.

Familiarity with the Essex Family Court would be an advantage. The post holder will spend most days in court and will be supported to carry out this role both administratively and technically.

Initially the role will be for a fixed term period of 12 months. This is an exciting opportunity to anyone who wishes to be part of something bigger to help us deliver an excellent service to our clients.

For an informal discussion about the position please contact Lindsey Marks, Deputy Head of Legal Social Care and Education, on 07530 262 528.

Our vision – an ambitious and collaborative community which is proud of its heritage and excited by its diverse opportunities and future.

Here at Thurrock council we are striving to unlock sustainable growth, and lay the foundations for future growth and prosperity of the area.  Situated on the north side of the River Thames bordering Essex, Kent and East London, Thurrock is an area of great contrast, with a well-balanced mixture of beauty and business.  We are determined to improve Thurrock as a place, ensuring we are providing the best services for the people of Thurrock whilst offering the opportunity of prosperity.

Thurrock council is bucking the trend seen across most local authorities, we have a forecast balanced budget to 2021/22 which will provide the council with unique opportunities to change how we do things and improve the offer to our residents and businesses.  Our aim is to create a place where people and businesses want to stay and thrive, and developers and investors want to invest.

We have an exciting and ambitious agenda to deliver here at Thurrock council with £20billion of new investment planned for homes, jobs and infrastructure including £6billion being invested in private sector jobs; 24,500 new jobs planned over the next 20 years - working towards a future where every resident has a good job and £100million new investment in our schools – to ensure our education offer is first class, whilst building upon 97% of our primary schools being “good” or better.

Thurrock is a diverse place, known not only for its ports and logistics centres but home of the Royal Opera House and the expanding intu Lakeside Shopping Centre. Thurrock’s heritage, wildlife sites and breath-taking countryside offer the best of both being perfectly positioned just 35 minutes from central London.

Thurrock Council is an Investors in People (IIP) Gold accredited employer and committed to equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident Employer, disabled people will be offered an interview where they meet all essential criteria on the person specification. We champion flexible working and job share applications are welcome.

We serve a diverse community where people are different yet equal. Diversity underpins everything we do.

If you want to be part of an ambitious, exciting yet challenging council, where you can really make a difference join #TeamThurrock now!

How to Apply

Please apply online by clicking Apply. Please  submit your CV and Cover Letter detailing how your skills and experience match the job profile and person specification. If you have any difficulties in submitting an application form please email

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