Oldham Council is working in collaboration with charity Frontline to develop social workers to help improve the lives of vulnerable children.
Frontline develops outstanding social workers by recruiting high potential graduates and career changers into children’s social work, offering them excellent academic and on-the-job training with a focus on the quality of practice.
The new initiative between Oldham Council and Frontline is backed by Central Government and the Chief Social Worker, Isabelle Trowler.
Oldham currently has four participants taking part in the initiative and has appointed a consultant social worker to support the unit throughout the programme.
Oldham Council will take a second group of participants in September 2017.
The first four participants will complete the Frontline programme in September 2017, when they will join the workforce for Oldham’s Children’s Service as qualified social workers.
Oldham Council also launched a partnership with Frontline’s Firstline programme this month (March 2017), which is a leadership development programme for existing social work managers.
It will see four frontline children’s services managers undertake a programme of development over the next nine months.
Councillor Jenny Harrison, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Safeguarding, said: “We are delighted to be part of both the Frontline and Firstline initiatives this year.
“This is very positive for Oldham and our children. This shows our commitment to developing and strengthening our children’s social care workforce.
“This will help us to improve outcomes for vulnerable children in Oldham.”