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About the job

Salary: £44,632- £47,498 a year plus £3203 car benefit
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent 

We have an exciting role within the Children and Learning Team, where you will lead, manage and direct the Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Team. You will assist with the resourcing and budgets in order to monitor, review, and drive good practice standards and outcomes for children who are the subject of a child protection plan or who are ‘looked after’, in accordance with the statutory powers and duties of the Local Authority.

In this vital role, where you will manage and maintain the full operational responsibilities for the team supporting the delivery of child in need planning, child protection conferencing. You will provide advice and guidance to social work staff on the application of thresholds, statutory requirements and quality standards, and to other professionals as required.

About you

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

Our ideal candidate must have substantial, in depth experience in a statutory social care field with a particular emphasis on Safeguarding and Child Protection, management of risk and permanence planning experience of examination and assessment processes. You will need to have experience of complex multi-agency child protection and statutory case work with looked after children

You will also need to have the ability to manage, motivate and develop a children’s statutory social care quality assurance team effectively achieving high levels of performance from staff

You must be educated to Degree in Social Work, Dip SW, CQSW, or recognised equivalent professional social work qualification and Registered as a qualified social worker by the Health Care Professionals

So, if you have the ability to prioritise own work and meet conflicting deadlines; then we look forward to receiving your application.

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