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About us

Luton is passionate about delivering the best for our children, we are on a improvement journey and we are making progress towards being a good authority.  You will be offered bespoke support by the Academy to help you consolidate your learning and you will be offered training opportunities to help you develop into a confident, competent practitioner.

As somewhere to live, Luton is inspiring and forward thinking. With award winning galleries, beautiful Chiltern views and excellent transport links. Luton has an affordable housing market, with house prices below the national average. The links with London are exceptionally good. In 36 minutes you could be back to London on a direct train. Our offices are close to the train station.

Luton are looking for passionate, agile, dynamic, and creative and inspiring newly qualified Social Workers to join our Family Safeguarding Children Services.

About the job

Salary: £29,577 for the assessed year and then progressing to £32,234 a year, plus £963 essential car user allowance (subject to criteria) and £2,500 market supplement for the assessed year then increasing to £5,000
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent

We have exciting opportunities available within our Children Services department. This is a great opportunity to develop and give opportunities to progress your career in social work. This is an opportunity for you as newly qualified Social Workers to join Luton where you will be supported, guided and mentored to develop into a more advanced social work practitioner and continue to develop your career within Luton.

About you

We are looking for newly qualified Social Workers with experience in the field of child and family social work. We are looking for candidates who have significant experience in the field of statutory children’s social work. 

You’ll be receiving and co-ordinating referrals, assessing risk and undertaking assessments and formulating care plans and arranging action and review services for children and families.

You’ll need to be able to make professional judgements in a multi- disciplinary setting and able to communicate effectively to maintain records and work as a team.

You will have the opportunity to develop on your already existing knowledge and understanding of current legislation, national guidance and best practice relevant to this role as well as knowledge of social care need of children and families.

Interviews will be held on Friday, 1st October 2021.

Additional information

We offer a range of benefits, not limited to:

- We are on an improvement journey to good and you will be supported by the Social Work Academy.

-A strong commitment to a reduced caseload including a variety of cases during your assessed and supported year.
- 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
- Opportunity to buy up to an additional 20 days annual leave

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 primarily from home. Part of the role is to respond to crisis so if you live more than 40 minutes away from Luton, you may need to base yourself in the office or make alternative arrangements to be closeby. 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.

Application process

Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare all unspent cautions and convictions; and also any adult cautions (simple or conditional), and spent convictions that are not protected as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2020).

A person’s criminal record will not in itself prevent a person from being appointed to this post. Applicants will not be refused posts because of offences which are not relevant to, and do not place them at or make them a risk in, the role for which they are applying. However in the event of the employment being taken up, any failure to disclose such offence, as detailed above, will result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the Authority.