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: £34,788 - £37,849 a year plus £963 car allowance and £5,500 market supplement
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent

Come and join us to make a difference for children and young people in Luton. Luton is a council that cares, where we work collaboratively with children and families. We are ambitious and determined to improve lives every day. We are open, honest and embrace difference. We are empowering our staff to trust our own decisions and those of others. We help each other’s to reach our full potential. We are passionate about helping you develop your career through regular supervision, coaching and mentoring. We are proud about our rapid achievements and have imbedded the agile improvement framework. We work SMART and we strive for the best.

We acknowledge Luton is currently on an improvement journey and that is the reason we need a passionate, agile, dynamic, creative and inspiring qualified practitioner to join our Fostering (Recruitment & Asssessment) team 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 you

We are looking for a qualified social worker with in-depth experience in the field of child and family social work. You’ll need experience of coaching and mentoring including practice teaching, however we do not require you to have a Practice teaching qualification. We need someone who has knowledge of children’s safeguarding and management of risk.

Our ideal candidates will need to be able to negotiate, organise, prioritise and plan tasks and work to competing deadlines while meeting agreed targets. We need you to be confident in making and acting upon sound professional judgements based on levels of risk.

You will have the opportunity to develop on your already existing knowledge and understanding of current legislation, national guidance and best practice relevant to this role as well as knowledge of social care need of children and families.

We do ask that you have a recognised professional social work qualification (Degree, DipSW, CQSW or equivalent) and registered with the Social Work Regulator

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.