Wakefield Council

Senior Legal Officer (Level 3) (BB-7C230)

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Job description

Are you looking for a varying legal role where you can help make a true difference to the lives of children, adults and families? This is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to handle an interesting and varied workload, to provide important and cost-effective legal advice and support, regarding wide ranging issues with significant consequences for the Social Care clients in the Council. We need a Senior Legal Officer to support our Social Care services. We are looking for an ambitious individual, with detailed knowledge of law and practice relating to Children’s and Adult’s Social Care and Health (with a specific focus on Court of Protection applications) a relevant qualification (e.g. solicitor, barrister or legal executive) and the confidence to act autonomously in supporting all the relevant aspects of legal work. The position of Senior Legal Officer – Children’s and Adult’s Social Care, offers an opportunity to lead on providing advice, assistance and representation on all matters relating to safeguarding children, adults and family support. This includes attendance at court, preparation of complex legal documentation, negotiation and research. The post holder will be able to communicate effectively to establish productive relationships with a wide range of people, under potentially difficult and challenging circumstances, to ultimately improve outcomes for children, adults and their families. As Senior Legal Officer – Children’s and Adult’s Social Care it’s also implicit that the post holder be able to work effectively under tight timescales, with excellent organisation skills, and the aptitude to deal with challenging situations when they arise. You will need to be a strong team player, flexible, enthusiastic and committed. You will be part of a committed and dynamic service striving at pace to provide better outcomes for children, adults and families, operating in an encouraging environment that will allow you to develop and achieve your career goals. The post is offered with the opportunity to work remotely and on-site in the office at County Hall in Wakefield. The post holder may be required to attend other offices and Courts and/or Tribunals with differing frequencies. Please note consideration will be given to all applications that meet the essential criteria, however, we are particularly interested in candidates who are able to demonstrate the essential criteria of Level 3 and desired criteria of Higher Courts experience and experience in advising on deprivation of liberty in the context of social care and support packages, within the job description and person specification. Closing date: This is a rolling advert therefore if you are interested please do not delay submitting your application. Applications will be considered on a frequent basis and suitable candidates will be invited for interview. For an informal chat or further information please contact Brett Davies, In-House Advocate/Adult Care Team Manager on 07904 107910. Wakefield Council is wholly committed to ensuring children and vulnerable adults are fully supported and safe. We are dedicated to the safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults whilst promoting their welfare. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this responsibility. The successful applicant will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form and to provide criminal conviction information.

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