About us

Come join us in Luton, a place where everyone is welcome and diversity is celebrated. If you are passionate about strengthening social work practice and transforming services for adults, then you will be the perfect fit into our leadership team. All of us in Luton who have worked exceptionally hard over the last 2 years to improve services, have already made exciting, innovative changes as we strive for excellence for our adults and families.

About the job

Salary: £46,662 - £49,658 a year, plus £2,500 market supplement and £3203 car benefit allowance

Hours per week: 37

Contract type: Permanent

In Luton, as the Principal Social Worker, you will have a vital role within Luton’s ASC sector in assuring Adult Social Care of the safety and quality of its assessment and safeguarding activity.  You will undertake audits and provide analysis, develop systems and feedback from citizens and colleagues.   The evidence provided by this role will be available to further improve quality of practice, future peer reviews and or regulatory inspections.

In this vital role, you will also provide professional leadership and support to staff within adult social care services and outside agencies in order to successfully implement changes brought into Adult Social Care by the Care Act and new legislation such as Domestic Abuse Act and Liberty Protection Safeguards.

About you

This is a public facing role so you will need to show off your fluency in speaking and writing English.
Our ideal candidate should have extensive post qualifying and senior management experience. In-depth knowledge of adult safeguarding practice, legislation and research and contributing to policy formulation, implementation & review

Excellent communication skills are vital for this role, as you will be presenting, influencing and negotiating to a range of audiences. You should be able to synthesise complex information into suitable formats for a range of different audiences using different quality assurance mechanisms to assess and aide the quality of work of practitioners across the service, whilst developing plans and strategies to address areas of improvement.

It is crucial that you are have substantial knowledge of legislation and national policies and how they can relate to Luton’s approach to procedures, standards and practice for vulnerable adults, knowledge of and application of the Early Help & preventative agenda.

We do ask that you have a Professional Social Work qualification (e.g Degree, DipSW, CQSW or CSS as relevant). Post Qualifying learning, extensive evidence of continuous professional development and registered Social Worker with Social Work England.

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

Join us and help us “realise the remarkable” every day!

Interviews will be held on: 28 and 29th June 2022

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) 
- discounted shopping including gym membership and Vauxhall cars

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.