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About the job

Salary: £34,788 - £37,849 a year plus car £3,203 benefit and £963 essential car user allowance
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Fixed Term for 1 year

Our People department are a Senior Practitioner in their Fostering Team to work on a full range of social work duties.

You will be supporting the Deputy Team Manager and Team Manager to provide high quality fostering resources, recruiting, assessing, supervising, training and supporting foster carers in their placements.

This is an exciting role where you will be promoting the best interests for children and young people at all times.

About you

Our ideal candidates will need to have substantial post qualifying experience including in-depth knowledge in the field of Fostering and Child and Family Social Work. You will need to be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in the field of fostering in line with national quality standards and best practice.

We need someone who has excellent organisational, time management and admin skills to be able to work to complex and conflicting demands. The ideal candidate will need to be committed to achieve the highest possible standards of professional practice by all team managers through co-working, coaching, mentoring and the provision of advice, guidance and assistance.

You will have the opportunity to develop on your already existing knowledge of current legislation, national guidance and best practice relevant to the post.

You'll need to have high quality report writing skills especially for court reports.

We do ask that you have Dip SW, CQSW or a recognised equivalent professional qualification and are registered with HCPC. You will also need to be able to travel inside and outside of the borough.

This is a public facing role so you’ll need to show off your fluency in speaking and writing English.

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