This year's Social Worker of the Year awards took place in London on Friday 30th November 2018. Entries for the 2019 awards open in March. #SWA18

Award Categories 2018

Category

Description 

Overall Social Worker of the Year 2018   

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 2018 from the individual category winners.

Outstanding Contribution to the Social Work Sector

 

 

 

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 award is open to all qualified social workers who have made a difference through their outstanding work with children and families.

 

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Adult Social Worker of the Year

Supported by Servelec HSC

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This award is open to all qualified social workers who have made a difference through their outstanding work with adults.

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Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year

 Supported by Our CSWM

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This award is open to all newly qualified social workers with less than one year's experience who have made a positive difference to the lives of children and families through their outstanding work. The entry should show how they have made change, formed strong relationships and shown resilience.

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Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year

Supported by BASW

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This award is open to newly qualified social workers in England, with less than one year's experience, who have made a positive difference to the lives of vulnerable adults through their outstanding work. The entry should show how they have made change, formed strong relationships and shown resilience. 

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Practice Educator of the Year

Supported by North Lincolnshire Council

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This award is open to qualified social workers who have been involved in teaching, assessing and supervising students and newly qualified social workers. Nominees must be able to demonstrate how they have successfully motivated students to develop their career in social work.

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Student Social Worker of the Year

Supported by Bradford Council

 

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This award is open to all university students studying social work who are showing outstanding potential in their studies. They will be able to demonstrate how they have surpassed expectations and have a thorough understanding of social work theory and practice.

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Mental Health Social Worker of the Year

Supported by Devon County Council

 

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This category is open to social workers specialising in mental health in England who are excelling in delivering positive outcomes for their service users.

 

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Team of the Year – Children’s Services

 Supported by Lambeth Council

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This award is open to all social work teams who have made a difference through their outstanding work with children and families.

 

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Team of the Year – Adult Services

Supported by UNISON

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This award is open to all social work teams who have made a difference through their outstanding work with adults.

 

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Team Leader of the Year – Children's Services

Supported by Kent County Council 

 

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This award is open to team leaders or department managers who are responsible for children's social work teams. Nominees must be able to show clear leadership skills and the ability to successfully manage a team.

 

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Team Leader of the Year – Adult Services

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This award is open to team leaders or department managers who are responsible for adult social work teams. Nominees must be able to show clear leadership skills and the ability to successfully manage a team.

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Creative and Innovative Social Work Practice

Supported by Hampshire County Council

 

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This award is open to individual social workers, social work teams or departments who have shown outstanding creativity and innovation in a project or campaign.

 

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Best Social Work Employer

Supported by Sanctuary Social Care 

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This award is open to any organisation within the social services profession who can demonstrate excellent practice as an employer in motivating, leading and championing their social work employees.

 

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Lifetime Achievement

Supported by BASW 

 

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This award is open to qualified social workers who have made a lifetime career of social work and have become a role model and inspiration to the profession.

 

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Making a Difference

Supported by Tees Valley Local Authority Child and Adult Services

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This award is open to all qualified social workers who are NOT employed by a Local Authority (e.g independent social workers, locum workers or social workers in other settings such as the charitable sector, education, regulators etc). 

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Championing Social Work Values

Supported by Essex County Council 

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This award is open to all qualified social workers, social work teams, organisations or networks who have been champions for the value base of social work through their work or other activities.

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