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Solicitors – Child CareRef: RMBC/18/00693

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Children and Young Peoples Services
Safeguarding Children & Families
Based at:  Riverside House
Salary details: Up to £44,944 (includes a 10% market supplement, reviewed annually and paid monthly) and great benefits 
Job details: 37 Hours, Full Time, Permanent
Closing date: 15 July 2018
Interview date:
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Up to £8,000 relocation package 

Please click here to read more about our Legal Services Team. 

About the roles

Now is the time to join our committed and forward thinking Children’s Legal Team at Rotherham Borough Council.  Building on the success of our current team, and in recognition of the resources required to provide an outstanding service, we are seeking motivated and driven solicitors to work with us. We are proud to have recently been rated by OFSTED as “good” with outstanding elements and one of the outstanding elements was our work with complex abuse where we play a key partnership role with the Children and Young People’s Service.

We are looking for a number of Child Care Solicitors to make a difference to the lives of children and young people of Rotherham.

This is an ideal time for serious social care legal professionals to join us. Not only do we have the ambition to be the best but also the resources to make it a reality.  We are fortunate to have a great starting point, with our existing highly committed and focussed Legal Team who consistently demonstrate a flexible ‘one team’ approach.

You’ll have our full support throughout your work and an environment in which you can thrive.  The team is based at our modern head office which is situated in a well-placed location close to the railway station and motorway network and provides the very latest technology to ensure we create a productive work environment for you to perform to your very best.

Are you looking for a job which provides a work life balance along with a wide and varied workload, is well rewarded, challenging and gives you the satisfaction of knowing your intervention will bring better outcomes for vulnerable children and young people?

Our Legal Service is recognised as a key partner in our improvement journey and, as such, has received considerable investment.

In these roles, you will make your mark by helping to shape the service as it moves forward, demonstrating the value that a high quality legal service plays in improving the lives of the most vulnerable children.

About you

As a Solicitor, Barrister or Chartered Legal Executive Advocate with relevant experience and holding relevant certificate to practice; experience in a local authority setting is preferable but not essential. In this role we are looking, first and foremost, for the right candidate with experience in law relating to child protection. 

This will be combined with the ability to advocate to a high standard, as well as having excellent communication, team-working and relationship building skills.  You will work with initiative, be flexible and a self-starter, motivated and driven to deliver an excellent service, demonstrating a real commitment to the post and the Legal Services Team.

About Us

Set in the beautiful surroundings of South Yorkshire, Rotherham is a real 'central UK' location, which is well placed with excellent road and rail links. The area has scenic rolling countryside and picturesque villages as well as being close to the vibrant city life of Sheffield and Leeds. There is also a wide choice of housing available in the area.  Low property prices and excellent schools make Rotherham the place to work and live for you and your family. Find out more about Rotherham – the place, by clicking on the attached link http://childrenssocialcarejobs.org.uk/rotherham-the-place

We are a values based council and recognise that rewarding our people properly for the work they do means that we can attract and retain the very best talent.

We offer an excellent pay and benefits package which make working with us an attractive proposition, these include up to £8,000 relocation scheme and a defined  pension scheme whereby the council pays more than double the employee’s contribution towards a pension payable on retirement. 

How to apply

If you want to make a difference, have a flexible ‘can do’ attitude and are committed to deliver the highest quality legal service, then you are the ideal person to join our team.

Please click on the apply for this job link above to make your application. If you have any queries please email jillian.dimbleby@rotherham.gov.uk 

Applications from Women, people from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities and Disabled People are welcomed as under-representation currently exists at this level within the organisation. Section 159 of the Equality Act 2010 applies.

In order to support the Council’s requirement to save a further £41 million from its budget, by collective agreement, from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2020 there is a temporary 1.15% pay reduction from the advertised substantive salary quoted, which will be spread out by means of a weekly/monthly deduction (dependent on pay frequency) from each pay period over the full financial year. In recognition of implementing this temporary measure three additional day’s leave (pro rata for part time workers and new starters in year) will be granted.

This post will have access to the Public Services Network, if successful you will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records check at the Basic level (unspent criminal convictions).

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