Oldham Council’s Phoenix Team has been selected as a finalist in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2017 as a result of their outstanding work with children and their families.

The Phoenix team which works to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation has been nominated for the Team of the Year, Children’s Services prize and will find out if they have won at an exclusive awards ceremony which will take place in London on 24 November.

The team is one of 81 finalists across 16 categories and the winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the “Overall Social Worker of the Year 2017.”

The prestigious awards ceremony is the leading celebration of its kind in the social care sector, and recognises the achievements and successes of the profession’s most innovative and dedicated social workers.

Olly Swann, Director of Children’s Services at award sponsor iMPOWER, said: “This award recognises the best work in children’s social care and a team which consistently makes a positive difference to the lives of the children and families it supports. To reach the finals is an outstanding achievement and something to be very proud of.”

Councillor Jenny Harrison, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Safeguarding at Oldham Council said “We are proud and delighted that the hard work and dedication of Oldham’s Phoenix team has been recognised nationally as good practice.

“Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation is a key priority for everyone and it is reassuring to know that we have such a dedicated team working to protect our young people. Our multi-agency approach has allowed us to make significant progress in raising awareness of CSE and extending knowledge to our young people. Together we have implemented strategies to provide early intervention to safeguard young people.

“We believe that every child is one caring adult away from being a success story.”

The awards were judged by leading influencers including the Chief Social Workers Isabelle Trowler and Lyn Romeo and Maris Stratulis (England Manager, British Association of Social Workers).


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