About us

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 passionate, agile, dynamic, creative and inspiring qualified team managers to join our Assessment Service 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 the job

Salary: £45,859- £48,804 a year plus £3,203 car benefit allowance and £5,000 market supplement

Hours per week: 37

Contract type: Permanent

We have two exciting opportunities available within our Children Services department to join us as Team Managers where you will be leading and managing an experience team of managers, practitioners, professionals aiming to support the best possible outcomes for children and young people. You will be enabling children and young people to remain safely within their home and community environment and ensure the team provides effective services employing best professional practice and standards.

The Assessment Service is a dynamic front line service which identifies, assesses and manages risk for children and vulnerable families. Working together with our MASH and Family Safeguarding colleagues, and our partners such as the police, health, and early help we focus on finding the best solutions for children and families. There’s plenty of opportunity to step up in your career or to consolidate your experience. We’re passionate about helping you develop your career through regular supervision, coaching and mentoring. We are proud about the rapid achievements we’ve made through our daily SCRUM meetings and the imbedded Agile improvement framework. We work SMART and we strive for the best. 

About you

Our ideal candidate will need to have substantial experience in a social care field which focuses on safeguarding and child protection. We need someone who has experience of complex decision making and able to advise, coach and support staff.

You’ll need to be a strong communicator who can make sound professional judgements and not be afraid to strive to achieve the highest possible standards of professional practice by all team members.

You will have the opportunity to develop on your already existing knowledge of legislation national guidance and best practice relevant to the post and knowledge of child development and issues of family dynamics.

We do ask that you have Dip SW, CQSW or recognised equivalent, substantial professional social work qualification and registered by the Social Work England.

Luton is a challenging yet unique environment that is bursting with opportunity. In this career enhancing role you will play a significant part in leading our Children’s Services to good or outstanding, leaving a lasting impact on the children of Luton.

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

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

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 therefore critical in helping us to reach our corporate goal.

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 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

Talk to us about flexible working options! We will be happy to consider different working patterns in line with the team’s requirements. During the current pandemic, we are all working from home and we provide a laptop and mobile phone.