LGC awards shortlist 2018

Children’s Social Work Matters, a collaboration of 15 Local Authorities in Yorkshire and the Humber, has been shortlisted for a prestigious LGC 2018 Award, which will be awarded this week on Wednesday 21st March.

CSWM has been shortlisted in the Public/Public Partnerships category. The local authorities involved in CSWM work together to raise the image and standards of social work, and being put forward for this award is an excellent demonstration of how working together can make significant improvements and drive industry standards.

Since our launch in 2011, CSWM has taken on raising awareness and tackling misconceptions, morale issues and vacancy rates. The 15 councils across the region 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 at Barnsley Council and CSWM ADCS lead, expressed her delight at CSWM’s recognition:

“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 at Barnsley Council and CSWM chair, also applauded CSWM’s important image-raising work being recognised by the awards:

“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 presented  to a panel of judges in London in January this year. The award winners will be announced on Wednesday 21st 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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