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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: £35,745 - £38,890 a year pro rata


Hours per week: 18.5


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. We are passionate about helping you develop your career through regular supervision, coaching and mentoring. We are proud about our rapid achievements and have imbedded the agile improvement framework. We work SMART and we strive for the best.


We acknowledge Luton is currently on an improvement journey and that is the reason we need passionate, agile, dynamic, creative and inspiring qualified practitioners to join our Quality Assurance & Safeguarding Service at this important juncture. Luton’s Children and Families are at the heart of everything we do. Our undivided focus is on achieving good outcomes for children and young people by delivering high quality children’s social services across the borough.


We have an exciting opportunity available within our Children Services department to work as part of the Social Work Academy. This academy is a great opportunity to develop and give opportunities to develop your career in social work.


This role is to ensure the effective transition into permanent employment of newly-qualified social workers (NQSWs) and final year undergraduate and post-graduate social work students into permanent social work posts through the Social Work Academy.

About you

We are looking for qualified social worker with experience working with either children in need, looked after children and children who are subjected to child protection plans including complex legal proceedings or adults and families in needs. This includes those with physical or learning needs.


Our ideal candidate will need experience of supervising, coaching, mentoring, supporting and assessing others in a social work setting. You’ll need to be a strong communicator who can make sound judgements and work within a team.


You’ll need good IT skills and able to write reports. You need to be confident in challenging inappropriate behaviours and provide constructive feedback to other professionals.


You will have the opportunity to develop on your already existing knowledge and understanding of children’s legislation and knowledge of contemporary social work education frameworks at qualifying and post qualifying levels.


We do ask that you have a recognised professional social work qualification (Degree, DipSW, CQSW or equivalent) together with current social work regulator registration. You will also need a post qualifying award in practice education to level 2.

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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