Mrs Rosemary Oram

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As a member of the SORD (Social Research with Deaf People) group, Rosie is a fourth-year PhD student (part-time) at the University of Manchester. Her case award is funded by the ESRC (Economic Social Research Council). Her professional background includes social work and research.

Rosie is being supervised by Professor Alys Young and Doctor Patricia Cartney, both from the University of Manchester under the faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. In partnership with Manchester City Council, the study will involve the exploration of parenting assessments in relation to safeguarding in instances when one or more parent is a Deaf BSL (British Sign Language) user. This is an important recognition of the significance of cultural competence in assessments involving Deaf parents who are more readily regarded as disabled rather than minority language users from a recognised cultural community. It will also explore the means to a more effective assessment practice from an asset-based perspective that regards assessment as an opportunity for supportive actions, along with the wellbeing-safeguarding-child protection continuum.



In research, she was employed by SORD for 8 years as a Research Assistant/Research Associate. The last research project that she was involved in was ‘Translating the Deaf Self’, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). In collaboration with Professor Jemina Napier and her team at Heriot-Watt University, the work is continuously seen as unique, as it is further investigating the cultural and social impact of translation on Deaf people who use sign language translators/interpreters, in art formats.

The previous research projects included deaf children in social work, education for young deaf children, BSL-IAPT evaluation, and also older deaf people considering care options. Other than that, Rosie has carried out a number of consultations including RAD (Royal Deaf Association) in relation to their services, and NDCS (National Deaf Children's Society) on the availability of educational resources for deaf young people. 

Social responsibility

Rosie is involved in a number of local and national campaigns to promote the rights of deaf people. 


MRes in Health and Social Care

BA Hons. in Social Work Studies

Diploma in Social Work

British Sign Language Stage 3 (CACDP)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Social Work England Registered Social Worker

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