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About us

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.

We acknowledge Luton is currently on an improvement journey and that is the reason we need passionate, agile, dynamic, creative and inspiring qualified Ofsted Improvement Lead to join our Fostering Services at this important juncture. Luton’s Children and Families are at the heart of everything we do.

About the job

Salary: £55,100 - £58,092 a year pro rata, plus £3,203 car benefit
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Fixed-term/Secondment for 12 months

We’re striving to improve here at Luton and are at an exciting point in our journey. We’re looking for an someone who will programme manage the implementation of the Children’s Improvement Plan as part of the improvement journey for children and young people and their families and carers in Luton, with the ambition of Luton Children’s Services being judged Requires Improvement or Good at the next full ILACS inspection. This will be evidenced by improvements experienced by parents/ carers and their children.

You will also work closely in partnership with key stakeholders, including parents and carers, education partners, health partners, police, schools, the voluntary sector, community and faith groups, to ensure that the improvement journey is collaborative and shared.

About you

You will have substantial communication skills both orally and in writing, producing clear, succinct and well-structured written work which is persuasive and convincing. You will convey messages effectively, holding others to account and creating a positive impact on the audience.

Our ideal candidate should be able to tactfully negotiate with influence to gain commitment from a wide range of people at all levels including head teachers, strategic health partners and Local Authority strategic officers and political leaders. Experience of successfully running improvement projects and programmes across complex organisations to effect demonstrable service improvements.

We do ask that you have an understanding of the significance of working within a political environment and exposure to regulatory inspections preferably in a social care setting.  A relevant professional qualification associated the role in either a standard education setting, health or social care and/or relevant graduation level qualification or equivalent is also important.

Additional information

We offer a range of benefits, not limited to:

- 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 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.

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.