Legal Assistant (Children’s Safeguarding)

Grade/Salary CWAC NJC – Grade 7
£24,982  to £27,741 per annum
Ref Number W1886
Closing date 29th April 2022


Cheshire West and Chester Council brings a fresh and energetic approach to providing top quality services for its many customers and communities. West Cheshire is a place where everyone can Thrive – through our core values of Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Innovation, Value for Money and Empowerment.

This is a rare opportunity for a talented individual to join the high performing, Lexcel accredited Legal Safeguarding team in Cheshire West and Chester.

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated, hardworking, and able team player with a “can do attitude”. Experience of working in Legal Safeguarding would be advantageous but not essential. Your potential, motivation, work ethic and ability and desire to work as an intrinsic part of a successful and energetic team is more important.

The post holder will be required to develop the ability to provide high quality legal advice to Social Work colleagues to ensure the statutory duties of the Council are met and vulnerable children in the Borough are protected.

Responsibilities will include the provision of duty legal advice to Social Work colleagues under the supervision of more experienced colleagues, reviewing evidence, making applications to the Court, attending pre proceedings meetings with parents, Social work colleagues, external professionals and lawyers.

The role is offered on a full time permanent basis.

The salary range will be determined on experience of the successful candidate (please see Job Description and Person Specification).

Grade 7- (SCP 18- 23) £24,982- £27,741

Legal Services is a busy, supportive team. This role offers an interesting and varied workload and the support and encouragement to develop your potential. Our core values are those of the Council – Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Innovation, Value for Money and Empowerment.

Currently as a team we work flexibly. We spend the majority of our time working from home but come together as a team one or two days per week. We are soon to move to the newly refurbished HQ Building in Chester. The Council offers generous leave allowances (25 rising to 30 days a year), flexi time  and excellent pension provision.

For an informal discussion about this role please contact  Cath Morgan or Caroline Crosby in the first instance on and

The contractual work location for this role is listed above however you may be required to work from a range of work locations or sites within the Borough and may also be required to work from home, depending on the needs of the service.

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In your application you should ensure that you provide evidence of how you have demonstrated meeting the Council’s core competencies of Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Innovation, Value for Money and Empowerment.

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If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date then it is likely that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion, however please do not be discouraged from applying again.

Cheshire West and Chester Council are committed to equality and diversity in employment.  Please click the Equality Policy for more information.

Cheshire West and Chester Council have adopted a Local Living Wage for our employees which means that all employees will receive a minimum of £9.50 per hour for all contracted hours.

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