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: £38,813 - £41,675 / £44,632 - £47,498 a year plus £3,203 car benefit allowance and £5,000 market suppliment                                                                                                   

Hours per week: 37                                                                                           

Contract type: Permanent

If you are a qualified Senior Practitioner, Deputy Team Manager or Team Manager there's an opportunity here for you!

We know that working within Children Social Care is no ordinary job and we’re no ordinary council. According to the LGC awards, we’re one of the top 6 councils in the country and were finalists for council of the year in the MJ awards!

We help children, young people and their families to live safely and happily. You’ll manage and motivate your team, giving them direct support as well as providing the coaching they need to flourish.

That’s how you’ll make sure the very highest standards are upheld, no matter what. Day-to-day, you’ll help to receive, handle and signpost all initial children’s social care contacts coming through the Hub. With your expertise and know-how, you’ll prioritise the most vulnerable or at-risk individuals, and recommend next steps. As part of this, you’ll escalate cases to relevant services where necessary. It’s why communication and collaboration skills are key. You’ll also ensure that your team respond swiftly to queries, and take ownership of providing written.

About you

We’re looking for those who bring warmth. Care. And uncompromising values. People who don’t settle for second-rate, and always strive for excellence. You’ll be able to multitask, adapt to changing priorities and work well under pressure. You’ll be able to make professional judgements in a multi-disciplinary setting, and then articulate your decisions in a clear, concise way. You’ll have a calming influence, and enjoy working as part of a dedicated team. Surrounded by like-minded people, you’ll make Luton a borough without boundaries. Here, we care about your wellbeing and career. It’s as simple as that. So we’ll make sure you’re always supported with our flexible working and family friendly policies. To join, you’ll need a relevant degree (or equivalent), substantial experience of children and families social work, as well as sound knowledge of the MASH. This is a chance to work alongside experts in their field and help the most vulnerable realise their full potential. Interviews are held on Thursday's

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

• 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