Essex is celebrating after an incredible TEN nominations in the Social Worker of the Year Awards – making up more than 10 per cent of the shortlisted entries nationwide.
Of the 81 finalists, Essex County Council’s flagship approach to social work has secured nominations in eight categories, including children’s social worker of the year, team of the year and best employer.
Among the nominees are Essex’s Social Care Academy, which is recognised nationwide, and the Virtual Dementia Tour training team, who offer a unique and emotive insight into what it is like to live with dementia.
Individually there are two newly qualified children’s social workers, a mental health practitioner as well as two children’s team leaders nominated.
Cllr Dick Madden, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, said: “We’re serious about social work in Essex and our approach focuses on supporting and empowering our residents to achieve the positive outcomes they want.
“The Social Worker of the Year Awards are a fantastic way of celebrating the contribution all our social workers make, as well as a chance to highlight the specific skills and experience they use to improve the lives of local people.
“I am delighted our social workers and teams are receiving the recognition they deserve. To make up more than 10 per cent of the shortlist nationwide is testament to their dedication and innovative approach.”
Cllr John Spence, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “I am pleased to see the work of our Virtual Dementia Training team recognised at a national level.
This innovative training approach, which sees people have a uniquely personal insight into what it’s like to walk in the shoes of someone living with dementia, has proven to be invaluable to staff across the organisation.
“Very best of luck to everyone shortlisted at the awards ceremony next month.”
The Social Worker of the Year Awards 2017 will take place in November, in London.
Servelec HSC is sponsoring this year’s Championing Social Work Values category in partnership with Essex County Council.
Alan Stubbs, Chief Executive Officer of Servelec HSC said: “We are delighted to jointly sponsor the Championing Social Work Values award category alongside our partner, Essex County Council, at this year’s Social Worker of the Year Awards.
“The annual awards recognise and celebrate the valuable work that social workers do in society today, to help transform the lives of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We would like to wish all the nominees the best of luck on the awards night in November.”
- Children’s Social Worker of the Year – Hannah Tull
- Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year – Becky Taylor, Susan Hook
- Raising the Profile of Social Work – Essex Social Care Academy
- Mental Health Social Worker of the Year – Barbara Cooley
- Team of the Year, Children’s Services – The Children in Care Specialist Team
- Team Leader of the Year, Children’s Services – Sarah Carter, Sharon Turner
- Creative & Innovative – Virtual Dementia Tour Training Team
- Social Work Employer – Essex County Council – Children and Families