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As somewhere to live, Luton is inspiring and forward thinking. With award winning galleries, beautiful Chiltern views and excellent transport links. Luton has an affordable housing market, with house prices below the national average. The links with London are exceptionally good. In 36 minutes you could be back to London on a direct train. Our offices are close to the train station.

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 Family Safeguarding Service, Fostering and Adoption Teams 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: £44,632 - £47,498 plus £3,203 car benefit and £5,000 market supplement

Hours per week: 37

Contract type: Permanent

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.

You will be leading and managing a team to achieve better outcomes for children, young people and their families through the delivery of high quality services. Strategically developing the service to meet specific legislation, regulations, inspection requirements and other local targets.

This is a tremendously important role, as you will drive the overall operational management responsibility for the day to day running of Luton Borough Council’s Children Service's to ensure excellent practice across the team that make up the service.

About you

You will be an experienced social worker with strong communications skills. You will lead and manage an experienced team of managers, practitioners, professionals aimed at supporting the best possible outcomes for children and young people. You will be able to build effective relationships with children and families, staff, public and other professionals.

You should have in-depth knowledge of legislation national guidance and best practice relevant to the post including statutory responsibilities relating to Children and Family Services, including appropriate quality standards and you’ll be part of a team that achieve high levels of performance.

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

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 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.

 

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