The winners of the 2017 Social Worker of the Year Awards were revealed at a glittering awards ceremony in London on the 24th November. Entries for this year's awards will open in April 2018.

Award Categories

Category

Description and entry forms

Overall Social Worker of the Year 2017

Supported by Sanctuary Social Care

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The 'Winner of Winners'

The Board of Trustees will choose the Overall Social Worker of the Year 2017 from the individual category winners.

Outstanding Contribution to the Social Work Sector

Supported by Community Care

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The Social Work Awards Board will present an award to an individual who has made the biggest contribution to improving the reputation of social work over the past 12 months.

Children’s Social Worker of the Year

Supported by Barnardo's

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This is for a qualified social worker who has made a difference through his or her outstanding work with children and families. He or she will be able to demonstrate they manage complex caseloads successfully. 

 

 

Adult Social Worker of the Year

Supported by Devon County Council

 

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This is for a qualified social worker who has made a difference through his or her outstanding work. He or she will be able to demonstrate they have the personal qualities to manage complex caseloads successfully. 

 

 

Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year

Supported by Tees Valley Local Authority Children's Services

 

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This is for newly qualified social workers (less than 12 months experience) that have made a difference through his or her outstanding work with children and families. He or she will be able to demonstrate they manage complex caseloads successfully. 

 

 

Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year

Supported by BASW

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This is for newly qualified social workers (less than 12 months experience) that have made a difference through his or her outstanding work with adults. He or she will be able to demonstrate they have the personal qualities to manage complex caseloads successfully. 

 

Click here to download an entry form.

Practice Educator of the Year

Supported by The Open University

 

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This is for inspiring Practice Educators who are successfully motivating their students to develop their careers in social work.

 

 

Student Social Worker of the Year

Supported by Calderdale Council

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This category is for students studying social work at university, who are surpassing expectations in their practical placements and in their understanding of the theory behind social work practice. 

 

 

Mental Health Social Worker of the Year

Supported by Hampshire County Council

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This is open to mental health social workers working in both children’s and adult services. We are looking for practitioners who are excelling in delivering positive outcomes for their service users and who are able to manage complex caseloads successfully. 

 

 

Team of the Year – Children’s Services

Supported by iMPOWER

 

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This celebrates entries from outstanding teams working in Children’s Services who can show they are excelling and are making the difference to children and families.

 

The team should be able to show they consistently meet KPI targets and have generated good team spirit, with low staff turnover. 

 

Team of the Year – Adult Services

Supported by UNISON 

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This celebrates entries from outstanding teams working in Adult Services who can show they are excelling and are making the difference to adult service users.

 

The team should be able to show they consistently meet KPI targets and have generated good team spirit, with low staff turnover.

 

Team Leader of the Year – Children's Services

Supported by Kent County Council 

 

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This is for an outstanding individual team leader who can show clear leadership skills and the ability to successfully manage a team.

 

 

Team Leader of the Year – Adult Services

Supported by Gloucestershire County Council

 

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This is for an outstanding individual team leader who can show clear leadership skills and the ability to successfully manage a team. 

 

 

Creative and Innovative Social Work Practice

Supported by OLM Systems

 

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This award is for social workers working in both children’s and adult services who have gone the extra mile to come up with creative, innovative and low-cost solutions to problems. The award will reward lateral thinking. 

 

 

Best Social Work Employer

Supported by Sanctuary Social Care 

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For any local authority, charity or agency employing social workers, who can demonstrate excellent practice as an employer in motivating, leading and developing their social work employees. 

 

 

Lifetime Achievement

Supported by BASW 

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This is an individual award to recognise the dedication and achievements of an individual who has worked in the industry for over 20 years. 

 

 

Raising the Profile of Social Work

Supported by City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

 

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This is for qualified social workers who have made a difference in promoting a recognition of the importance and value of social work. 

 

 

Championing Social Work Values

Supported by Essex County Council in partnership with Servelec HSC

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This award is open to all qualified social workers in England who have been champions for social work’s value base through their work or other activities.