Senior Legal Officer C– Children and Adult Safeguarding – 2 jobs

Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
£41,846- £46,406
20 Jun 2018
08 Jul 2018
Practice area
Children law
Full time
Contract type
Locum/Contract, Permanent

GC 552

Corporate Services

Governance and Commissioning

Senior Legal Officer C– Children and Adult Safeguarding – 2 jobs

Job 1: Substantive

Job 2: Temporary up to 12 months to cover maternity leave

£41,846- £46,406

Kirklees Legal Services is one of the largest legal practices in the area and is responsible for all the legal work required by the Council.

The Safeguarding Children and Adults Team is one of the specialist teams within Legal Services and acts for the Council in connection with a wide range of matters including Public Law Proceedings relating to children, Court of Protection and generally advising the social work teams responsible for providing services to vulnerable children or adults.

The primary focus of this post is safeguarding children litigation and you will be expected to   prepare cases for court, appear as advocate and instruct counsel where required.

You will also be expected to provide advice and representation in relation to safeguarding adults and be prepared to develop your skills in this area. There is a strong emphasis on training and personal development and you should have an aptitude to develop skills and knowledge in the range of legal issues affecting a large local authority.

You will need to be a qualified Solicitor holding a current practising certificate, or Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives who holds a Civil Proceedings Certificate (or who is a Legal Executive Advocate).  Experience in at least one of the following areas of work is necessary and desirable for the others

  • Care Act 2014
  • Children Act 1989 – Public & Private Law Applications;
  • Adoption and Children Act 2002 – Public & Private Law Applications;
  • Mental Health Act 1983, Community Care, Mental Capacity Act and Judicial Review/Administrative Law;
  • Advocacy in public & private children proceedings;
  • Advocacy in public or private law adoption or special guardianship applications

You should have the ability and experience of drafting application forms and complex court documentation to support Local Authority applications in public law children act proceedings.

Flexibility and a positive approach are essential.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about these jobs please telephone Margaret Miller,  Legal -  Head of Safeguarding Children and Adults Team  on 01484 221 000

Full time applications only

Job 2 only To apply for this job as a secondment you must be a substantive employee of the Council with over 6 months continuous service and have successfully completed your probation period.  Applications for secondments will only be accepted if accompanied by a completed Secondment Permission Form, signed by your manager.  If you are refused permission to apply for a secondment please contact HR Recruitment to register the refusal.

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In order to be short-listed for this job please demonstrate how you meet the Person Checklist as detailed on the attached Job Description - this information needs to be inserted under the 'Relevant skills, experience and behaviours' section on the Application Form.  CV’s will not be accepted. 

Closing Date: 8th July 2018

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