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 Practice Lead to join our Family Partnership 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.

About the job

Salary: £39,880 - £42,821 a year plus £3,203 car benefit allowance and £5,500 market supplement
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 in Social Work, registered with professional body and demonstrable commitment to professional development.

If you think you could become an asset to the team, do not hesitate to get in touch.  We look forward to receiving your application.

Additional information

We offer a range of benefits, not limited to:

- A strong commitment to a manageable caseload of 18 children/social worker.

- 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.