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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: £28,785 - £31,371 a year plus £963 essential car user allowance and £4,500 market suppliment
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Fixed Term 18 months

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

As a family safeguarding social worker in the Family Drug & Alcohol Court (FDAC) team you will use your strong skills to promote a great service to families and the children involved. You'll manage the case load effectively in planning, coordinating, monitoring and reviewing using your excellent knowledge of best practice and legislation. No two days are the same with working in a diverse demographic within a town of diverse communities.

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

Interviews: Every Thursday

About you

Our ideal candidates will need to have substantial post qualifying experience in

We need someone who has the ability to make professional judgements in a multi-disciplinary setting including negotiating resources.

You’ll need to be an effective communicator and able to work with a range of different service users and be able to lead and chair multi-disciplinary meetings and represent the agency in a formal setting or similar.

You will need to be able to influence service delivery by identifying gaps in service and be able to maintain high quality records, write clear concise reports and correspondence when dealing with complex issues.

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