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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 practitioners to join our Assessment 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: £38,813 - £41,675 a year, plus £3203 car benefit and £5,000 market supplement
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent


The Assessment Service is a dynamic front line service which identifies, assesses and manages risk for children and vulnerable families. Working together with our MASH and Family Safeguarding colleagues, and our partners such as the police, health, and early help we focus on finding the best solutions for children and families. There’s plenty of opportunity to step up in your career or to consolidate your experience.


We’re passionate about helping you develop your career through regular supervision, coaching and mentoring. We are proud about the rapid achievements we’ve made through our daily SCRUM meetings and the imbedded Agile improvement framework. We work SMART and we strive for the best.

About you

You will be an experienced senior social worker ready to step up to the next level in your career, or you are an experienced leader that is looking to round up your knowledge and expertise. You will have strong communications skills, you’ll be able to build effective relationships with children and families, staff, public and other professionals and able to negotiate resources as required.


You should have in-depth knowledge of legislation national guidance and best practice relevant to the post including statutory responsibilities relating to Children and Family Services, including appropriate performance indicators and quality standards and you’ll be able to assist in managing, motivating and developing a team that achieve high levels of performance.
We do ask that you have Dip SW, CQSW or recognised equivalent, substantial professional social work qualification and registered by the Social Work England.

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

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

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.

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