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About us

As somewhere to live, Luton is inspiring and forward thinking. With award winning galleries, beautiful Chiltern views and excellent transport links. It’s also affordable, with house prices below the national average.

In addition to the salary package, we have some great benefits to offer including a flexible relocation package up to £8,500, childcare vouchers, generous annual leave and pension, phone and laptop and a free car parking space and you can use our electric cars if you don’t have a car.

We believe in flexible working such as working part time and condensed hours to help with that work life balance we all need.

Your career development is also important to us so we will offer post qualification training and the opportunity to gain further qualifications.

About the job

Salary: £32,234 - £34,728 a year pro rata, plus £5,500 market supplement and £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 Social Workers to join us in our Looked After Children Teams. There are 2 Teams of 8 Social Workers, a DTM and Team Manager for each.

You’ll manage a variety of cases (18 -20) which include asylum seeking children, young children and teenagers. Working closely with the Placement teams you’ll make sure children are placed in the most appropriate environment and review care plans where necessary to return children and young people to the family home when possible.

You’ll carry out virtual statutory home visits and complete care plans which are reviewed regularly. You will receive support and regular supervision, appraisals and a tailor made development programme.

About you

Luton is a challenging yet unique environment that is bursting with opportunity. We’ve already made some exciting changes to our work practices and are able to support you in remote working during the pandemic with up to date IT equipment to enable you to work flexibly.

As a Council, we have set a bold ambition to ensure that no-one is living in poverty by 2040. We know that 90% of children’s social care cases are linked to the challenges that people living in poverty face, so this role is critical in helping us to reach our corporate goal. Join is in helping our Children’s Services get to good or outstanding, and leave a lasting impact on the children of Luton.

Join us and help us “realise the remarkable” every day.

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. 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.