The Challenge

The North West had the highest number of children known to have been placed in care in 2013, at 18% (Office for National Statistics). Recent research by the Department for Education shows that 21% of children subject to a child protection plan and 28.5% of children in need during 2015 – 16 were based in the North West.

There is much work to be done with children and families in the region. This provides social workers with plenty of opportunity to actively influence the trajectory of a child’s life and contribute to the overall wellbeing of the community, granting them a high level of job satisfaction. Given the diversity in the region, social workers have found that working here provides an exciting challenge and a chance to work with myriad families of different ethnic and religious backgrounds, providing them with a well-rounded experience and education.

Key statistics
  • With 40% of children living in poverty, Manchester has the second highest levels of any local authority in the UK (End Child Poverty 2016).
  • In the North West, 220 looked after children were convicted of a crime before their 18th birthday (UK GOV 2016).
  • Only 14% of children in need in the North West achieve 5 A*- C grades at GCSE including English and Maths (UK GOV 2016).
  • In the North West, 30% of children in need are persistently absent from school (UK GOV 2016).
  • There are over 112,000 children in need across the North West (UK GOV 2016).
Living here

The geographical location of the North West is one of its most attractive qualities. It combines the rugged landscapes of the Lake and Peak Districts with the seaside charm of Blackpool and the urban bustle of Liverpool and Manchester. There really is something for everyone here, but if you ever feel like exploring further abroad you will find we have great rail links to the rest of the country and two international airports.

Rent varies across the region depending on location, but generally ranges from £300 to £800 per month.

Key benefits of living in the region
  • Affordable rent.
  • Manchester, the UK’s third largest city, has a thriving music scene and nightlife as well as excellent shopping facilities.
  • Manchester has a diverse arts and cultural scene, and is home to the Manchester Art Gallery, Museum of Science and Industry and the Whitworth Art Gallery.
  • Manchester was voted the best UK city to live in according to the Global Liveability Survey which scores 140 cities worldwide in the areas of health care, education, stability, culture and environment and infrastructure.
Participants in the region

We will be placing around 52 participants from the 2018 Cohort in local authorities across the region.