Having a strong network of children’s social workers is very important to Oldham Council.
As well as making Oldham and the wider Greater Manchester area a great place to live, having a clear and strong set of values and behaviours and an extensive package of staff benefits, we believe we have one of the best social worker support offerings in the country.
At Oldham Council you can expect:
If you’re thinking of applying for a job in our children’s social work, read the following guide to the extensive support package we offer.
We understand the importance of a thorough induction.
All our new social workers are warmly welcomed and provided with a structured and carefully planned introduction to the job.
The process will take place over 10 weeks and includes an intensive look at Oldham’s practice standards, time to build relationships and a look at what support you might need as you adapt to the role.
Our Children in Care Council also co-deliver a number of our induction sessions.
Learning, development and progression
Learning and development is also important to us and, working in partnership with local universities, we provide a range of accredited professional development support.
Our experienced workers are supported to develop and take on new responsibilities and be accountable for the practice of others and mentoring newly qualified social workers.
For those who are newly qualified, we provide intensive support and guidance with those Practice Learning Mentors, working with the Principal Social Worker, helping to guide you through your first year.
We understand that regular, planned and competent supervision is a right and a requirement for all of our social work team.
We believe Critically Reflective Supervision (CRS) is an excellent way of ensuring
continued professional development in line with our standards, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) expectations and the overall regulation of professional practice.
To ensure this remains a key part of our work at all times we’ve invested in CRS training for all managers and senior practitioners to ensure they have the skills they need.
This, in turn, helps our frontline social care staff to understand why it is important to review their own work and gives all our team an opportunity to enhance their skills and develop better ways of working
Our ambition is not just to be the best borough for children and young people but to be the best borough for the staff and services that work with them.
As a result, we’ve produced a comprehensive set of practice standards.
Adherence to those standards will play a vital role in making Oldham a ‘child friendly borough’ and helping to drive up the quality of the service we provide to the vulnerable children and young people of Oldham and their families.
We know that having a manageable caseload is one of the top priorities for team members.
As a result, we’ve undertaken a whole service review, evaluating our staff caseloads and ensuring they are set at the right levels.
Newly qualified social workers and ASYE’s will have protected caseloads and additional support with the most complex cases.
More experienced staff have larger but manageable caseloads to ensure they also have time to also focus on their professional development.
Social Worker Forum
Our Principal Social Worker has created a Social Worker Forum at which team members meet up to raise issues that impact on how we deliver services.
The issues being raised are then raised with senior management to help drive improvements.
Managers are encouraged to take up a range of development opportunities and put that learning into practice and share their knowledge to improve our teams.
Our rota system, meanwhile, is organised so that learning and development doesn’t take managers away from their teams for too long and someone is always on hand to support junior staff.
As with any job, it’s hard to perform at a high level without the right tools.
We’ll ensure you have modern, up-to-date mobile working solutions along with the appropriate software and training to ensure technology is a help and not a hindrance.