Social Services

Every Child Matters - Every Family Matters

Sr. Agatha from London East End writes ...

This logo of a Diocesan Voluntary Child Care Agency attracted me to the social work profession. It is here I find the charism of Mercy as the business of my life.

We offer support to children and families wherever there is need. Most of my time is devoted to listening to the stories of children who are troubled in any way and I do this within the school context. Where appropriate the family is enabled to assist in the development of the child.

The statutory Social Services are involved if there is evidence of abuse and our help is much sought after by the Service in intervention work in the prevention of abuse.

A spin off from this service is the drop-in centre for parents who experience a need to talk about their children's behaviour or to allay their anxiety in crisis situations.

In one area I'm involved with a Learning Communities Development Project. This is a Government initiative in Partnership with the Local College of Education.

This project supports the development of learning in order to reduce the proportion of an area's population with no qualifications. The area may have six sites of learning called "Idea Stores". What are learning communities? "Learning communities are groups and networks of people who organise themselves to learn what they want, when they want, how they want." (Scarman Trust)

I think Catherine McAuley would be proud to associate her Sisters with such forward thinking in the field of education!

Sister Martina