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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

This is an exiting opportunity to build on the strengths identified by OFSTED following the recent Focused Visit in relation to Luton’s Independent Reviewing Officers.

We wish to recruit an excellent Team Manager who will lead and manage the conference and review service, which sits within the Quality and Assurance & Safeguarding Service. 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 pivotal role, you will manage and maintain the full operational responsibilities for the team supporting the delivery of good or outstanding services across the areas of child in need, child protection conferencing and looked after reviews. You will provide advice and guidance to social work staff and managers on the application of thresholds, statutory requirements and quality standards, and to other professionals as required, and you will prove be influential & impactful across the whole system of service delivery.

About you

Our ideal candidate will be a passionate advocate for children and young people who possesses substantial, in depth experience of complex multi-agency child protection and statutory case work with looked after children including the management of risk and permanency planning

You will also need to have the evidenced ability to manage, motivate and develop colleagues effectively achieving high levels of performance from all

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 Councils.

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

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

For a discussion about this post, please contact Glen Denham- Head of Service, Strategic Safeguarding, Quality Assurance & Practice Improvement on 01582 548318

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