LGC Awards 2018 Results

Last night, on March 21st 2018, Children’s Social Work Matters attended the LGC Awards 2018 ceremony as we were shortlisted for the prestigious LGC 2018 Award in the Public-public partnerships category.

We were thrilled to have been recognised by these important awards, and although we didn’t win it was a fantastic achievement to have been shortlisted and a great opportunity to raise awareness of the work we are doing.

Since establishment in 2011, the 15 councils across the Yorkshire & Humber region have worked to make the region the most collaborative, supportive and rewarding place in which to enjoy a career as a children’s social worker. Being shortlisted for the LGC Awards 2018 proved that our work to raise awareness of the social work profession, tackle challenging misconceptions, morale issues and vacancy rates is being recognised as an effective way to drive industry standards and impact on local areas.Children's Social Work Matters Team

Rachel Dickinson, Executive Director, People at Barnsley Council and CSWM ADCS lead, was delighted that CSWM were shortlisted for the award and invited to attend the ceremony:

“I’m delighted that our well established partnership in Yorkshire and the Humber was recognised by these awards. 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, was also delighted we were recognised by these 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 had the opportunity to work towards raising social work’s image. Working together has allowed us to 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 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 were shortlisted in the Children’s Services category.

A big congratulations to our partners, North East Lincolnshire Council, who won the Children’s services category award for their Creating Strong Communities project.

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