Seventeen inspiring social workers, teams and organisations from across England have been recognised for their contribution to the profession after winning top awards at the national Social Worker of the Year Awards on Friday 29th November 2019.
The prestigious Social Worker of the Year Awards ceremony took place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London and was hosted by TV chef and emotional wellness advocate Lorraine Pascale, who herself spent time in care as a child.
Children’s Social Work Matters proudly sponsored the ‘Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year’ category for the second year running. Eleven teams and practitioners from across Yorkshire & the Humber were shortlisted to become finalists across nine categories, which is a fantastic achievement in itself (full list of finalists from our region below).
We were exceptionally proud to see colleagues from Leeds City Council, Bradford Council, Doncaster Council and Rotherham Council win gold and silver awards at this year’s ceremony.
Leeds City Council won gold in the Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice category for their Future Service and gold again in the Best Social Work Employer category for their Children’s Service.
Jack Skinner, Bradford Council won gold in the Team Leader of the Year, Adults Services whilst Annika Leyland-Bolton, Doncaster Council won the silver.
Louise Pashley, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council not only won the gold award for Team Leader of the Year, Children’s Services but she also won the winner of winners Overall Social Worker of the Year Award. The award is selected from the gold winners of each category by the Board of Trustees of The Social Work Awards, the registered charity behind the annual event.
Louise, who has lived in Rotherham all her life, has worked for the council’s Leaving Care service for over 20 years, supporting young people aged 16-25 leaving the care system. During her time as the team’s manager, the service has progressed from an inadequate to outstanding Ofsted rating. The judges praised Louise’s strength of character, impressive leadership and unwavering dedication to her hometown.
James Rook, Chief Executive of the award’s headline sponsor Sanctuary Personnel, said: “Louise had everything we were looking for in the winner of the Overall Social Worker of the Year award. She clearly lives and breathes social work and what shines through is her dedication, compassion and willingness to ‘go the extra mile’ for the young people she works with. She is an inspiration to us all.”
It’s fantastic to see social work being celebrated on a national scale and for colleagues’ dedication and hard work to be recognised in this way.
Huge congratulations to all of the other winners and finalists.
The full list of Gold and Silver winners can be found here https://www.socialworkawards.com/uncategorized/social-workers-honoured-at-national-awards-ceremony-2-1978/
Yorkshire and Humber finalists
Children’s Social Work Awards
Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice
Future Service, Leeds
Social Work Employer of the Year
Children’s Services, Leeds
Children’s Services, North Yorkshire
Team Leader of the Year, Children’s Services
Louise Pashley, Rotherham
Team of the Year, Children’s Services
Barnsley CYP Team
Children’s Social Worker of the Year
Tiffany Cook, North Yorkshire
Championing Social Work Values
Gail Faulkner, Leeds
Adults Social Work Awards
Team Leader of the Year, Adults Services
Annika Leyland-Bolton, Doncaster Trust
Jack Skinner, Bradford
Team of the Year, Adults Services
Mental Health SW Team, North Lincs
Mental Health Social Worker of the Year
Chloe Greenfield, North Lincs