Family Justice Manager - Flexible Working Available

Lambeth, London or home-based
10 Nov 2020
30 Nov 2020
Contract Type

The Centre for Justice Innovation is looking to recruit a committed and experienced individual to lead our work in the Family Justice System. 

You will be responsible for leading the Centre’s work in providing national oversight and support to the Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs) operating across the UK. You will have the opportunity to affect real change in the justice system and improve outcomes for the children and adults involved in it.

FDACs are an innovative approach to care proceedings where parental substance misuse (drugs or alcohol) is a key factor in the concerns about parenting. Combining holistic, multidisciplinary support for parents with a problem-solving court process, FDAC delivers better outcomes for families and children. For more information on FDAC, please visit the FDAC national website.

As well as supporting social workers, judges and specialist practitioners to deliver evidence-led practice, your role will also involve growing and expanding this problem-solving approach alongside senior stakeholders and policymakers.

You will be responsible for:

  • supporting and shaping the design and delivery of national partnership FDAC work;
  • engaging with and learning from practitioners and service users;
  • collaborating, facilitating and delivering practice workshops, national events, practitioner forums, and toolkits in order to support and champion best practice within the FDAC model;
  • working with FDAC projects to monitor progress and help overcome implementation or operational issues as they arise;
  • identifying and supporting areas for growth and implementation of new FDACs across the Family Justice System in the UK;
  • working collaboratively with the Centre’s teams across the areas of practice, evidence and data;
  • supervising a small number of Centre employees and managing some external contractors.

Working alongside the Deputy Director and Family Justice Officer, your role will also involve shaping and supporting the growth of the Centre’s work in the Family Justice System.

At the Centre, we seek to build a justice system which all of its citizens believe is fair and effective. We champion practice innovation and evidence-led policy reform. We have a special focus on early intervention, effective community services, evidence-led innovation and problem-solving justice.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate their ability to influence frontline practice, motivate others and solve problems. Operational experience within social care or the family justice system is essential.  

For full details, please visit our website:  

The deadline for applications is 9am on the 30th November 2020. Interviews will be held virtually on the 15th and 16th December. The role will begin in early 2021. 

We look forward to hearing from you! 

What kind of person do we want?

Through your application, you should demonstrate the experience, skills and knowledge you have in the areas described below.


  • Operational experience of the Family Justice System. This could be working within children’s services, Cafcass, legal services, adult social work or mental health or through lived experience.
  • Influencing changes to frontline practice through a positive and collaborative relationship-based approach;
  • Helping to support others through a process of change;
  • Influencing and supporting internal and external partners to deliver on shared plans; 
  • Experience working with senior stakeholders. This could include the Judiciary and/or Local Authority senior leadership;
  • Experience of managing projects to budget and deadline;
  • Experience of line managing others (desirable);
  • Experience of working with service users to develop and improve service provision and user experience (desirable);
  • Experience in FDAC cases (desirable);

Skills and abilities

  • Strong writing skills and good spoken English;
  • A creative approach to solving problems and identifying practical solutions;
  • Good organisational and team work skills;
  • The ability to balance multiple priorities and manage your own workload;
  • The ability to lead a project across teams in different localities;
  • The ability to work at pace and to deadline; 
  • The enthusiasm and energy to work in a small team;
  • Confident and comfortable working with senior stakeholders;
  • The ability to work with vulnerable people and sensitive information in a safe, legal and supportive manner;
  • Excellent skills in engaging a variety of audiences constructively.


  • Insight into the challenges for practitioners working in the family justice and/or social work environment;
  • Understanding of complex issues facing families, such as domestic abuse;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the FDAC model (desirable);
  • Knowledge and understanding of research methods (desirable).

You will also need to have:

  • A commitment to children’s rights and participation and a belief in the right to family life for all children;
  • A willingness and ability to travel within the UK and occasionally overseas;
  • Eligibility to work in the UK legally. 

Equal opportunities

It is the policy of the Centre for Justice Innovation to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability, offending history or trade union membership status.

Flexible working

The Centre operates a range of flexible working policies to ensure that all employees can create a positive work/life balance and ensure their work is positively structured alongside family and other caring responsibilities. These policies include flexible working hours, time off in lieu, and remote working and remote collaboration tools. This post is open to job-shares.

Covid-safe working

This role will be based in our London office, with some element of national travel. However, due to the current circumstances our office is closed and we have suspended all work-related travel. We hope to open the office again when it is safe to do so, but we are sensitive to staff member's individual needs and will continue to offer staff flexibility in their work patterns.


Our office is based at: Edinburgh House, 170 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 5DP (currently home-working). The role is open to applicants living outside of London with an expectation of some travel to the office and some travel within the UK.

Application deadline:

9am on the 30th November 2020

First interviews:

15th or 16th December 2020 (virtual)

Expected start date

Early 2021

How do I apply?

To find our online application form visit our website:

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