About us


If you’re a qualified social worker who wants to join a forward-thinking and transformational council, then look no further.

We’re here to help those who need us most. Across the Neighbourhood teams, we believe in shaping the next chapter. We bring warmth, care, and uncompromising values.

Here, we care about your wellbeing and career. It’s as simple as that. We’re proud to support our people every step of the way in their careers. So here, you’ll have all the training and development you need to realise the remarkable.


About the job

Salary: £28,221 - £30,756 a year plus £4,500 market supplement and £963 essential car user allowance
Hours per week: 37


Day-to-day, you’ll be involved with assessments, care planning and child protection whilst aiming to prevent the separation of children from their families, promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and helping them to reach their full potential. You will carry a workload requiring exemplary practice in situations of high complexity, exercising a degree of autonomy.

As part of this, you’ll prioritise the most vulnerable or at-risk individuals, and give specialist advice for next steps. Where necessary, you’ll also make sure contacts are handed over to the relevant services in a swift, efficient way.

You will be responsible for making sure service users and carers take an active role in timely assessments, support plans and review processes which comply with Luton Council’s policies and procedures.


About you



Ultimately, you’re someone who doesn’t settle for second-rate and always strives for excellence. You’ll be able to multitask, adapt to changing priorities and work well under pressure.

You’ll bring warmth, care and uncompromising values. You won’t settle for second-rate, and will always strive for excellence. You’ll be an expert - able to manage, multitask and adapt to changing priorities, and work well under pressure.

You’re experience will mean you’re able to make strong professional judgements, and then articulate your decisions in a clear, concise way. Your ability to manage complex child protection and statutory case work will be excellent and you’ll have a flare for negotiation and influencing. Proactive and collaborative, you’ll build positive relationships with those around you – helping carers provide the very best service.

Here you’ll champion best practice, work well independently and keep a cool head under pressure.

You’ll have a calm approach and also enjoy working as part of a dedicated team. Surrounded by like-minded people, you’ll help us make Luton a borough without boundaries.

You’ll need a relevant degree (or equivalent), substantial experience of children and families social work. This is a chance to work alongside experts in their field and help the most vulnerable realise their full potential.

Please see our Job Description and Person Specification attached, for full details of our requirements.


Application process


Interviews will take place throughout October on Tuesdays and Thursday.


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

  • childcare vouchers

  • 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