Senior Legal Officer C – Children and Adult Safeguarding
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 post holder will be expected to be able to deal with more complex cases relating to safeguarding children 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, if you do not already have experience in this area of work. 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 this job please telephone Margaret Miller, Legal - Head of Safeguarding Children and Adults Team on 01484 221000.
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. You may also submit a CV.