Our Social Work practice
Here in Oldham, Social Work practice is driven by our vision that children and families are at the centre of everything we do to develop their strengths and resilience, ensuring all children have a stable life and reach their full potential..
I practice social work in Oldham because…
“… I feel fully supported by my manager and team, they make me feel valued and safe, which in turn helps me to have the best relationship with the children and families I support”
Emma Bromley, Social Worker
Our ethical belief is that our responsibility to children and families in need of help should start from the position that families are empowered and supported to make positive changes, enabled to make self-determined choices and seek their own solutions that build on existing strengths and resilience within the family network.
Our firm resolve is to work relentlessly in supporting families to remain together and where a child’s needs require alternative living arrangements these will firstly be sought from within the child’s own family network.
When you join our workforce, you’ll be developed to be confident, competent and skilled in social work best practice. Our commitment is to support you through regular and effective supervision to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people.
Safeguarding children is a top priority for Oldham and it is everyone’s business. That’s why we have created the Oldham Safeguarding Children Partnership (OSCP) to work closely with partners and providers to promote children and young people’s wellbeing and to prevent and protect them from harm.
In collaboration with Greater Manchester, NHS teams, the National Probation Service, TOG Mind, and Positive Steps, Oldham’s Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub team (MASH) is our first point of contact for safeguarding referrals, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Oldham Council is proud to be a founder patron of Mahdlo; an innovative Youth Zone, committed to giving every young person in Oldham the opportunity to do something new, something different or something extra. We know that the school holidays can be a challenging time for many parents with the extra costs of meals and entertainment, so we’ve funded Holiday Zone places and food for young people who receive benefits-related free school meals, during the Summer and Christmas holidays.
We support the important work of Keeping Our Girls Safe (KOGS) to educate children and young people about unhealthy relationships, child sexual exploitation (CSE), grooming and risks. KOGS help to empower and inspire children and young people to have confidence and self-esteem, and to make positive life choices, which is fully aligned to our vision to ensure children reach their full potential.