The Social Worker of the Year Awards are back, and CSWM are really proud to be sponsoring the Children’s Social Worker of the Year category this year! It’s important for social work as a profession to reflect on practice and what can be improved, but it’s just as important to recognise where social workers have gone above and beyond to make a difference in people’s lives. The overall theme for the awards is ‘Reconnection and Recognition,’ highlighting some of the uplifting stories to come out of social work practice during a very difficult time. This year, a special ‘Outstanding Contribution During Covid-19’ award will be given to one of the individual category winners in recognition of the unique challenges presented by the pandemic.

The final shortlist has now been announced, and we’re pleased to say that some of our colleagues from Yorkshire & the Humber have been shortlisted! Anna O’Brien has been listed for the Newly Qualified Social Worker of the Year category for her work with Hull City Council’s Locality Safeguarding Children’s Team. In the Team of the Year category, Bradford’s Preparing for Adulthood Service have also been shortlisted.

Congratulations to the four shortlisted entries for our sponsored category, Children’s Social Worker of the Year. It’s always inspiring to hear how children’s social workers across the country have gone above and beyond to help some of the most vulnerable children and families, especially with the added challenges of the last year! The full shortlist is:

  • Paige McMahon, Derbyshire County Council
  • Marissa Langley, Surrey County Council
  • Liam Mills, Portsmouth City Council
  • Alexandra Capitani, Coventry City Council

The presentation will take place at a free virtual event on the 17th of November, so don’t forget to book your place!



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