Legal Officer – Childcare

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£24,294.00 - £25,979.00, Grade 5, 37 hours, Permanent
Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Job Type
Full Time

What will be expected from me?

The purpose of this role is to provide support, assistance and advice on matters relating to Safeguarding Children and Family Support, including preparation of legal documentation and research. The role would be suitable for those who want to take the first steps into a legal career, or those who have some experience of working in a legal environment.

What I might be doing?

  • You will assist with preparing statements, applications and related court documents in relation to child protection matters.
  • Liaising with witnesses and ensuring their attendance at court hearings
  • Attending Court hearings, taking notes of evidence and judgements and providing administrative support to counsel and senior members of the legal team representing the local authority.
  • You will support and assist the Legal Managers in respect of file and case management, and performance management


Why Wakefield Council?

  • We are a leading Council for best practice and an employer of choice for individuals seeking a rewarding role and career.
  • We offer a flexible full-time working pattern of 37 hours per week
  • 25 days of Holidays plus 8 Bank Holidays.
  • Support and access to high-quality training offers to help progress your career to the next level.
  • We are committed to supporting the wellbeing of our staff and we recognise that resilient Team need a good work/life balance as well as supportive leadership and support in the workplace.
  • Access to a range of employee support products.
  • Discounted and subsidised public transport (Arriva Bus Annual Travel Ticket, Northern Trains Limited (NTL), MetroCard).
  • The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
  • Great range of benefits including discounted membership to our excellent leisure facilities with free 12 weeks exercise program with a dedicated personal trainer, discounts for a range of retail, entertainment, health and leisure providers, cycle to work scheme and many more.


Essential requirements:

  • 4 GCSE passes (or equivalent) at Grade C or above, including English.
  • Knowledge of law and procedure arising out of the Council’s Family Services function (Children Protection, Education).
  • Experience of working (paid or unpaid) in a Legal Environment and/or Local Authority.
  • Ability to draft documents and produce concise reports working to a tight timescale.

Want to Know More?

If you would like to know more about the role, the recruitment process or working for Wakefield Council feel free to contact Victoria Swithenbank.

Tel: 07917504188


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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.


In accordance with the Council Probation Procedure this post is subject to a 6-month Probationary Period.


Having a diverse workforce that is reflective of the communities we serve helps us to achieve the best outcomes for all. We encourage applications from everyone and actively seek to ensure that everyone feels included in the workplace so that we can make the most of our differences.

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This role expires 16/06/2024.
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