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About the job

Salary: £32,234 - £34,728 a year plus £963 essential car user allowance pro rata
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent

 Our Children Services department are looking for a Fostering Assessing Social Worker to work on a full range of social work duties in relation to statutory Family Placement work in accordance with the National Minimum Standards for Fostering Services and Fostering Service Regulations.

This is an exciting role where you will be promoting the best interests for children and young people at all times.

About you

Our ideal candidate will need to have substantial post qualifying experience in fostering and be able to perform statutory duties under the Children Act 1989, Fostering Minimum Standards and Care Planning and Fostering Regulations 2015.

We need someone who has the ability to make professional judgements in a multi-disciplinary setting including negotiating resources.

You’ll need to be an effective communicator and able to work with a range of different service users and be able to lead and chair multi-disciplinary meetings and represent the agency in a formal setting or similar.

You will need to be able to influence service delivery by identifying gaps in service and be able to maintain high quality records, write clear concise reports and correspondence when dealing with complex issues.

You will have the opportunity to develop on your already existing knowledge of legislation and statutory responsibilities relating to Children and Family Services including appropriate Quality Standards. You will also need to have in-depth knowledge and understanding of child development and issues of family dynamics as well as understanding service eligibility criteria concerning need and of risk of significant harm.

We do ask that you have Dip SW, CQSW or a recognised equivalent professional qualification.

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

Additional information

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. 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.