About us

We move as one team. We’re champions of fresh thinking, and aren’t afraid of a challenge. We listen to our people – a good idea can come from anywhere, or anyone. So here you’ll have a voice: one that changes lives for the better. And together, we’ll realise the remarkable every day.

About the job

Salary: £39,880 - £42,821 a year, plus £3203 car benefit
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent 

Come and join us to make a difference for children and young people in Luton. Luton is a council that cares, where we work collaboratively with children and families. We are ambitious and determined to improve lives every day. We are open, honest and embrace difference. We are empowering our staff to trust our own decisions and those of others. We help each other’s to reach our full potential.

The Quality Assurance and Safeguarding Service are recruiting to a new essential post, Audit and Practice Improvement Officer. This new and exciting role will allow you to bring all of you skills and knowledge, to drive best practice in social work in Luton.  You will join a team which our recent ILAC inspection highlighted had improved the reach and effectiveness of Quality Assurance arrangements, moving from compliance to quality of practice and impact.

The role involves auditing individual cases and providing reflective feedback to practitioners to enable their growth and development, and delivering practice improvement sessions to groups of workers to embed learning from the cases audited.

About you

If you are a registered social worker looking for a new challenge and a broad range of experience practice both and pre and post-qualification experience, and you are looking for a new challenge supporting qualified social workers to improve their practice and making sure that vulnerable children and young people receive the support they need, then Luton would love to hear from you.

If you would like an informal discussion please contact Sancha Thomas, Service Manager Quality Assurance via email ( or  telephone on 07729 000529.

Please ensure your supporting statement demonstrates your experience and knowledge in order for your application to be considered.


Additional information

Luton Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

Applicants must be willing to undergo child and/or vulnerable adults protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).

We offer a range of excellent staff benefits which include:

- flexible working arrangements - we welcome requests for flexible working arrangements including part-time hours and alternative working patterns
- 24/7 independent Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
- generous holiday entitlement with the option to buy up to 20 days
- local government pension with generous employer contribution
- excellent support and development
- relocation package available up to £8,500 (subject to meeting eligibility criteria)
- half price season ticket on Thameslink train line
- discounted shopping including gym membership and Vauxhall cars
- Luton Council is proud to offer a Housing Brokerage Service for Key Workers to help and support eligible employees in finding suitable housing

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.