Role: Child Care Solicitor
To provide legal advice and assistance and undertake legal casework including dealing with litigation arising from children’s social care, in particular the law relating to the protection of children.
To undertake the duties of the post in a positive manner so as to aim to achieve, so far as possible within, the policy objectives of the Council and ensure that Legal Services provides excellent customer service.
MAIN DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
1. To undertake advocacy at all levels of Courts and Tribunals as appropriate;
2. To provide a full range of professional legal advice and services to the Council on all aspects of the Council’s activities as required;
3. To liaise with the clients to ensure a responsive and cost-effective service is being provided;
4. To keep up to date with developments in local government and the law which are relevant to the post;
5. To use appropriately the information and communications technology of Legal Services when carrying out work;
6. To present training courses and services to staff in Legal Services and other Services and Members of the Council;
7. To continually review, develop and improve systems, processes and services in support of the Council’s pursuit of continuous improvement and best value;
8. To maintain and follow appropriate office procedures and to provide relevant statistical and management information as may from time to time be required;
9. To support and cover for other staff, to manage/supervise other staff as may be appropriate, to participate in development appraisal reviews and identification of training needs and generally to make an effective contribution to the management and operation of Tameside Legal Services; and
10. To undertake such other duties within Legal Services as from time to time may be required which are commensurate with the grading and general character of the post.
Three years’ post qualification as a solicitor of the Senior Courts (or equivalent)
1. Three years’ post qualification experience as a “practising” lawyer
2. Significant experience of advocacy before Courts/Tribunals in childcare cases
1. Ability to work under pressure
2. Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing
3. Ability to organise and prioritise workloads
4. High level legal skills
1. Substantial knowledge of the law relating to child welfare and protection.
KEY APTITUDES AND PERSONAL QUALITIES
2. Good interpersonal and customer care skills
3. Understanding and awareness of equality issues
4. Commitment to modern local government
5. Commitment to continuous improvement and improved service delivery
6. IT literate including ability to use word processing software
7. Flexible and can-do approach
Local authority experience is desirable.
Deekay Contact: Michael Wilde - 0161 747 1234