About us

As somewhere to live, Luton is inspiring and forward thinking. With award winning galleries, beautiful Chiltern views and excellent transport links. It’s also affordable, with house prices below the national average.

In addition to the salary package, we have some great benefits to offer including a flexible relocation package up to £8,500, childcare vouchers, generous annual leave and pension, phone and laptop and a free car parking space and you can use our electric cars if you don’t have a car.

We believe in flexible working such as working part time and condensed hours to help with that work life balance we all need.
Your career development is also important to us so we will offer post qualification training and the opportunity to gain further qualifications.

About the job

Salary: £45,859 - £48,804 a year plus £3,203 car benefit allowance and £5,000 market supplement
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent

We’re striving to improve here at Luton and are at an exciting point in our journey. We’re looking for a Permanence Team Manager based within our Specialist Family Support Services, where you will lead and manage a team to achieve better outcomes for children, young people and their families through the delivery of high quality fostering services. Strategically developing the service to meet specific legislation, regulations, inspection requirements and other local targets.

This is a tremendously important role, as you will drive the permanency agenda for children in care across the council by managing and directing resources and budgets in order to provide services to support children and families with children in care.

About you

You will be an experienced social worker who is able to negotiate and influence service users, staff at all levels, elected members and other professional both internal and external. Develop, manage, support and motivate a team consistently achieve high levels of performance.

You should have substantial knowledge of legislation and statutory responsibilities relating to Children and Family Services, including the Adoption and Children Act 2002, appropriate Quality standards, performance indicators and Tackling Delay in Adoption and early permanence agenda.

It is vital that you are able to manage a devolved budget and develop and maintain effective administrative and organisational procedures, lead and chair multi-disciplinary meetings.

We do ask that you have Dip SW, CQSW or recognised equivalent, substantial professional social work qualification and registered by the Social Work England.

Application process

Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken. Therefore, it is essential in making your application you disclose whether you have any pending charges, convictions, bind-overs or cautions and, if so, for which offences. This post will be exempt from the provisions of Section 4 (2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exemptions) (Amendments) Order 1986.

Therefore, applicants are not entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are ‘spent’ under the provision of the Act, and, in the event of the employment being taken up; any failure to disclose such convictions will result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the Authority. The fact that a pending charge, conviction, bind-over or caution has been recorded against you will not necessarily debar you from consideration for this appointment.

Additional information

We offer a range of benefits, not limited to:

- A strong commitment to a manageable caseload of 18 children/social worker.
- Working in small teams, agile improvement framework, regular supervision, coaching and mentoring.
- Childcare vouchers, generous annual leave and pension, phone and laptop and a free car parking space or use of our electric cars if you travel here by train
- Career development opportunities and continued professional development
- A flexible relocation package up to £8,500,
- A 50% discount on the Thameslink line from London St Pancras to Bedford and a loan is available to buy the season ticket

Talk to us about flexible working options! We will be happy to consider different working patterns in line with the service’s requirements. During the current pandemic, we are all working from home and we provide a laptop and mobile phone. We stay in touch through a variety of online platforms.

Luton is a challenging yet unique environment that is bursting with opportunity. In this career enhancing role you will play a significant part in leading our Children’s Services to good or outstanding, leaving a lasting impact on the children of Luton.

Join us and help us “realise the remarkable” every day!

As a Council, we have set a bold ambition to ensure that no-one is living in poverty by 2040. We know that 90% of children’s social care cases are linked to the challenges that people living in poverty face, so this role is therefore critical in helping us to reach our corporate goal.