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About the job

Salary: £39,880 - £42,821 a year plus £3,203 car benefit allowance
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent

Our children services department are looking for a Practice Lead to work in their Family Wellbeing Service Hub. This role will be assisting the Practice Manager with managing and directing of the hub, staff team, resources and budgets in order to identify, assess and provide the services and intervention needed to support children, young people, families and carers where a child is vulnerable, in need, disabled, or at risk of harm.

This is a crucial and rewarding role where you will be enabling children and young people to remain safe within their home or community environment to make sure they achieve good outcomes through effective intervention.

About you

We are looking for someone who has in depth experience of working with children, young people and families in children’s services. Our ideal candidate will need experience of complex decision making, case work, advising, coaching and supporting staff.

You’ll need to be a strong communicator and be able to assist in managing, motivating and developing a team working within children’s services. You will need to be able to lead and chair multi-disciplinary meetings and be able to negotiate and influence service users, staff at al levels, elected members and other professionals both internal and external.

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 performance indicators and quality standards and knowledge and understanding of child development and issues of family dynamics with some understanding of service eligibility criteria concerning need and risk of significant harm.

We do ask that you have a relevant professional qualification or a relevant graduate level qualification, or equivalent, in social care, education, health or children’s services, and substantial relevant experience, training and competence.

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.