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About the job

Salary: £35,745 - £38,890 a year pro rata
Hours per week: 18.5
Contract type: Permanent


Our Children’s Services department is looking for a Deputy Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) to join the Safeguarding & Quality Assurance Team part time.


This is a highly rewarding role where you will be contributing to the council’s responsibility for dealing with allegations or concerns about adults in a position of trust with children.


You will be ensuring the council are compliant with their statutory duty to safeguard children in the Luton area and promote organisational cultures which safeguard the children who use them. You will also have the opportunity to deputise for the LADO when required.


You’ll be overseeing and managing matters arising from an allegation that a person in a position of trust has harmed or is a risk to children. You will need to be able to support, advise, guide and challenge. This role also includes contributing to the delivery of training to children’s organisations to promote safer working practices and organisational cultures which protect children.

About you

We are looking for someone who has experience at a decision-making level in an organisation which provides services for children including managing risk associated with the welfare of children. You’ll need experience of chairing multi-disciplinary meetings and leading on multi-agency work.


Our ideal candidate will need to be able to understand and interpret complex and sensitive legislation to develop it into policy and practice. You must be able to work with senior staff from all LSCB partner organisations where you will be working to persuade, motivate and gain commitment from them.


We need a strong communicator who is organised and able to make sound professional judgments and able to write clear and concise reports.


You will have the opportunity to develop on your already existing knowledge of the multi-agency context of the safeguarding children agenda, relevant legislation, guidance and current developments.


We do ask that you have qualified social worker status or equivalent relevant experience.


This is a public facing role so you’ll need to show off your fluency in speaking and writing English.

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

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

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