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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: £34,745 - £38,890 a year plus £963 essential car user allowance
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent

We’re striving to improve here at Luton and are at an exciting point in our journey. We’re looking for a Quality Assurance Officer based within our Fostering Team, where you will lead and manage a team to achieve better outcomes for children, young people and their families through the delivery of high quality fostering services. Strategically developing the service to meet specific legislation, regulations, inspection requirements and other local targets.

This is a tremendously important role where you will be the chair of reviews of all Foster Carers as required in statute. You will be jointly responsible for the maintenance of a system to ensure that reviews of Foster Carers are completed within statutory timescales and to high standards.

About you

We are looking for someone who has experience of working in a fostering service within Children Services and is able to develop and manage policies and procedures.

Our ideal candidate will need to have the ability to chair key meetings, communicate with diverse audiences, involve young people and carers in meetings and in decision making, work to timescales, work as part of a team and be able to write reports and analyse date. If this sounds like you, this would be the perfect role for you.

You will have the opportunity to develop on your already existing knowledge and understanding of fostering legislation including considerable experience of supervision and complex child care arenas.

We do ask that you have a degree or diploma in Social Work or equivalent.

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.