Family Justice Council Vacancies

Can you help us to deliver better justice for families? Applications invited for membership of the Family Justice Council

The Family Justice Council is an interdisciplinary body with members drawn from a cross section of those who work, use, or have an interest in, the family justice system. They include judges, lawyers, doctors, social workers, academics and civil servants. The Council monitors the effectiveness of the family justice system, advising on reforms necessary for improvement and promoting an interdisciplinary approach to family justice in England and Wales.

The Family Justice Council has vacancies for the following membership roles:

  • Child Mental Health Specialist (1)
  • Mediator (1)
  • Junior Barrister (1)

We are looking for candidates who have the following:

Child Mental Health Specialist

  • Substantial experience in the field of child mental health.
  • A record of publication, or peer recognition, in the field of child mental health


  • A qualified mediator with at least 5 years’ experience, having achieved FMC Assessment of Professional Competence (or equivalent), demonstrating a record of achievement at senior level that includes a knowledge of family mediation following relationship breakdown.
  • A recent track record of successful mediation in child contact including direct consultation with children, money and property disputes.

Junior Barrister

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience as a practising barrister specialising in family work.

For all roles we are looking for the following:

  • Evidence of working, through interdisciplinary consensus, to deliver timely and improved outcomes for families and children who are involved with the family justice system.
  • Evidence of contribution at a strategic level and an analytical ability in dealing with complex issues.
  • A demonstrable commitment to understanding and valuing diversity and inclusion.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to contribute to a strategic board/committee and experience as a team-player.
  • Availability and willingness to give sufficient time to prepare for and attend four (hybrid) meetings per year in London and to participate fully in the work of the Family Justice Council and its working groups.

Location: The FJC meet in London with the option to join remotely via MS Teams

Term of appointment: Three years

Time commitment: Four Council meetings per year plus contribution to Working Groups.

Remuneration: These roles are unremunerated

Closing date for this post: 10am on Monday 22 May 2023 

Applications are to be submitted to:

For full details on how to apply, the documents to be completed and further information about the role, please see the candidate information pack (Word doc).