What a fantastic celebratory evening at the Social Worker of the Year Awards on Friday 30th November in London. Social Workers all over the country work tirelessly to help and support vulnerable children and families and it’s fantastic to see their hard work acknowledged and celebrated at such a prestigious national awards event.
Children’s Social Work Matters were proud sponsors of the ‘Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year’ category, for which gold and silver awards were won by social workers in our region – how brilliant is that!
The event was kicked off by Peter Hay CBE, chair of Social Work Awards before handing over to Ashley John-Baptise, care leaver and now BBC presenter. Ashley thanked social workers for all their hard work, saying that without his social worker, who took him to an open day at Cambridge University, he would never have gone as he didn’t think that ‘someone like him’ could get in. Not only did he secure his place at the University but passed with a 2:1 degree in history – what a great achievement Ashley.
As a region we were delighted to have 14 finalists across 9 categories:
Gold awards went to:
Karen Maud, Bradford College – Practice Educator of the Year
Jessica Raper, East Riding – Newly Qualified Children’ Social Worker of the Year
Case Management Team, North Lincolnshire – Team of the Year
Silver awards went to:
Super Power Group, Leeds – Creative and Innovative Social Work Practice
Jessie Turner, Hull – Newly Qualified Children’ Social Worker of the Year
Lucy Jackson, Rotherham – Children’s Social Worker of the Year
Fostering and Assessment Team, Barnsley -Team of the Year, Children’s Services
Adoption Team, North Lincolnshire – Team of the Year, Children’s Services
Integrated Multi Agency Partnership, North Lincolnshire – Team of the Year, Children’s Services
Doncaster Trust – Best Social Work Employer
Doncaster Trust – Team Leader of the Year, Children’s Services
Mark McConnell, University of Huddersfield – Student Social Worker of the Year
Leaving Care Team, North Yorkshire – Creative and Innovative Social Work Practice
Gail Faulkner, Leeds – Lifetime Achievement Award
Rachel Dickinson, Executive Director People Directorate at Barnsley Council, presented the Newly Qualified Social Worker of the Year Awards on behalf of Children’s Social Work Matters. Rachel said “we are committed to making Yorkshire and the Humber the most collaborative, supportive and rewarding place in which to enjoy a career as a children’s social worker. This is why we were particularly proud to sponsor this award. Congratulations to every one of our finalists for their fantastic achievements and to social workers across the country who all deserve recognition for the hard work they do with children and families all year round.”