Oasis children’s centre believes every child has a right to security, love and a stable environment in which they can develop to their full potential. It was the recognition that this was an impossible ideal in a great number of families that led to the formation of oasis in 1996. The stress and pressures of living in today’s world always affects those least able to cope, those in critically dysfunctional family situations, some single parent families, those with drug or alcohol addictions and those in severe financial hardship.

The casualties of all this pressure have always been children… the ones with the least voice, the least influence, the least choice and ultimately the least power to change the environment in which they live. Oasis brings a range of services and interventions based on a preventative care approach i.e.to intervene and address the needs of our clients before their situation becomes irretrievable to the point where statutory body resources are pulled upon. Whenever it is engaged by social services, schools or police, oasis has a near 100% track record in keeping children off the “child protection register. A dramatic uplift in the number of cases that have been referred to Oasis in recent times has meant that this 100% record is no longer intact. Frankly, it has been impossible to cope with the caseload based on Oasis’s limited resources and particularly due to the severity of the more recent cases. Oasis is still delivering an exemplary service and with the support from external funding we will continue to strive to be as close to the 100% record as we possibly can.

Caroline and her team have been delivering this help to well over 200 children and families each year for the past 17 years and continue to deliver this care despite having no statuatory funding streams.

 

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