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Child Protection Solicitor job description
To lead a service for front line practitioners on safeguarding children, including a phone line, an innovative website, training, legal and policy updates.
To address all issues of child protection and safeguarding for professionals working with children and young people and will be used by a range of professionals including multi-disciplinary teams, social workers and medical professionals.
1 Project Management
1.1 Work with team members to ensure that deadlines are met;
1.2 Work with the Legal Researcher to prepare reports for funders;
1.3 Meet key performance indicators;
1.6 Ensure that all project materials are accurate and up to date;
1.7 Prepare for, and present at meetings with a High Level Advisory Group;
1.8 Oversee development of new website and all website content;
1.9.1 Write high level content for the new website
1.10 Liaise with other organisations to promote awareness of the project;
1.11 Ensure the financial sustainability of the project, with all project team members;
1.12 Find ongoing funding;
1.13 Initiate and oversee the evaluation processes undertaken by the team to ensure user satisfaction.
2 Providing the Service
2.1 Provide advice to professionals via a dedicated telephone line;
2.2 Contribute to the development of training materials and other resources;
2.3 Remain informed of all changes to legislation and policy in relation to child protection and safeguarding;
2.4 Provide training to professionals working with children and young people;
2.5 Accurately record full details of all telephone and other communications with service users;
2.6 Ensure the sustainability of the project.
3. Working within the Centre’s Policy, Procedures and Standards
3.1 Maintain the standard of professional service in line with the Legal Centre’s Standards and Procedures documents, SRA regulations and LSC requirements.
3.2 Comply with other relevant policies and procedures i.e. the Children’s Legal Centre’s H&S policy
4. Representing the Children’s Legal Centre and promoting the work of the service
4.1 Work with team members to promote the new project to various audiences including multi-disciplinary teams and not for profit organisations;
4.2 Initiate contacts and attend meetings or appropriate external groups;
4.3 Provide professional advice in answer to enquiries from inside or outside the Centre;
4.4 Seek out and participate in media interviews as advised.
5. Work in partnership with staff from other organisations
5.1 Develop and maintain professional working relationships with staff from other agencies;
5.2 Work alongside staff from other agencies or departments to deliver services;
5.3 Liaise closely with colleagues and other professionals to promote good working relationships and safe child protection practices;
5.4 Develop networks and key contacts.
6. Contribute to personal and lead team development
6.1 Actively participate in team meetings, briefings and training events;
6.2 Take responsibility for developing your own and other professional knowledge and skills;
6.3 Critically appraise and comment on the work of others to aid their development;
6.4 Set objectives by which they can be measured;
6.5 Attend evening meetings where necessary.
7. Contribute to the development of best practice and service development
7.1 Assist in identifying opportunities to develop service activities;
7.2 Assist in developing and using best practice in the light of legal and other changes;
7.3 Contribute to service development, setting objectives and systems to monitor these as required by line management;
7.4 Contribute to policy development within the organisation and in the wider child protection network;
7.5 Contribute and assist in the updating and development of information and resources;
7.6 Keep informed about the policies of the Children’s Legal Centre and the organisation’s strategies and explain these to a variety of audiences;
7.7 Be proactive in maintaining our case management system and record keeping;
7.8 Actively contribute to, and participate in, team and departmental meetings.
Although the core duties of the post are set out within the job description, a flexible approach to work is essential. You may be required to adapt the above duties to take account of changes to working practices (e.g. introduction of new technology).
A solicitor entitled to practice within the jurisdiction
Holds a good honours degree
Knowledge of the law relating to child protection and safeguarding
3 years PQE minimum
Membership of the Child/ Family Law Panel / Resolution Accreditation
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Excellent analytical skills, ability to demonstrate sound and balanced judgement
Excellent project management skills, including the ability to set up a new project;
Good attention to detail and nuance;
Articulate with excellent communication skills, both face to face and via telephone;
Experience of fundraising and promoting a service to others;
The ability to lead and work effectively as part of a team;
The ability to master new skills and topics quickly;
Ability to set priorities and motivate others;
Capable of working calmly and effectively under pressure and to tight deadlines;
An interest in Child law and Child Protection;
Excellent research skills;
Ability to analyse data for the purpose of reporting;
The ability to question, check or query as appropriate;
Dynamic and flexible attitude;
Pragmatic approach and ability to be innovative where appropriate;
Experience of Case Management Systems and able to be self supporting administratorily.