Children’s Social Work Matters, a collaboration of 15 Local Authorities in Yorkshire and the Humber working together to raise the image and standards of social work has been shortlisted for a prestigious LGC 2018 Award.

Children’s Social Work Matters (CSWM) award entry, shortlisted in the Public/Public Partnerships category, demonstrates that by working together in this unique way, authorities across the region are able to make significant improvements and really drive industry standards.

Launched in 2011, the CSWM campaign aims to raise awareness about the vital role of children’s social work and tackle misconceptions, morale issues and vacancy rates.

The region’s 15 councils have pledged to make the region the most collaborative, supportive and rewarding place in which to enjoy a career as a children’s social worker.

Rachel Dickinson, Executive Director People, Barnsley Council and CSWM ADCS lead, said:

“I’m delighted that our well established partnership in Yorkshire and the Humber has been shortlisted for this award. The Directors of Children’s Services across the region have wholeheartedly supported this partnership from its inception in 2011 as part of a wider programme of work to attract and support Children’s Social Workers in the region. Being shortlisted gives authorities in our region the opportunity to showcase our achievements and share learning nationally.”

Melanie John-Ross, Service Director, Barnsley Council and CSWM chair, said:

“Social Work is a really challenging job and a profession that is all too often portrayed negatively in the media, which has a significant impact on recruitment and retention, so I’m really proud that CSWM has been shortlisted for this award. Working collaboratively has enabled us to raise the image of the profession, drive recruitment and support the learning and development of our practitioners in a far more effective and efficient way than working on our own. Each year we see our partnership go from strength to strength and being shortlisted for this award is great recognition of that.”

The shortlisted entries must now present their entry to a panel of judges in London in January 2018, before the award winners are announced in March.

The full list of finalists can be found at www.awards.lgcplus.com which includes two of our partners, Calderdale Council and North East Lincolnshire Council, who have been shortlisted in the Children’s Services category.

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