ANNOUNCEMENT: Entries for the 2017 awards will open on Tuesday 28th March. Entry forms will be available to download on our website from that date. #SWA17

How do I enter?

To enter, you will need to download the entry form for your chosen category, complete it fully and submit it before 5.00pm on Friday 21st July 2017 via email to:


Click here to see a full list of categories and to download a relevant entry form. 


In the subject line, please mark your email: "Social Worker of the Year Awards 2017 + category name".


If you have any questions regarding your entry to the Social Worker of the Year Awards, you can contact Annabelle Rennie on 01473 326404 or email, who will be pleased to help.

Is there a word limit?

Yes, some of the sections in the entry forms are limited to a maximum of 750 words. Word limits must be displayed in each individual section and entries with sections that are over the word limit will not be accepted.

Can I submit supporting evidence?

You are welcome to submit support documents with your entry, however, we ask that you submit no more than one additional document, with a maximum of four pages, at a maximum file size of 2 MB. Supporting documents that exceed these guidelines will not be accepted.

What category should I enter?

There are 16 categories available to enter this year across both children’s and adult services. Categories include Children’s/Adult Social Worker of the Year, Team of the Year for Children/Adult services and Newly Qualified Children’s/Adult Social Worker of the Year. There are also some more specialised categories, like Mental Health Social Worker of the Year, Student Social Worker of the Year and Practice Educator of the Year.


Click here to see a full list of categories and to download an entry form. 


It should be clear which category would be suitable for you to enter, but if you have any questions or would like some advice, our Awards Co-ordinator, Annabelle Rennie, will be pleased to help. You can contact her on 01473 326404 or email

Can I enter more than one category?

You are welcome to enter more than one category, however, you will need to complete and submit a separate application form for each entry. The criteria for different categories will often be very different, with the judges looking for different qualities and achievements, so you may need to tailor your nomination form accordingly to the category you are entering.

What is the deadline?

Entries for the 2017 Social Worker of the Year Awards close on 21st July 2017 at 5.00pm. Entries submitted after this time will not be accepted.


Entries must be emailed to


In the subject line, please mark your email: "Social Worker of the Year Awards 2017 + category name".

How will the judging process work?

Our judging panel is made up of thirty respected industry professionals. Each judge will be given one or two categories to judge, and after entries close on Friday 21st July they will be sent the entry forms for review.


The panel will then meet in late summer to discuss the entries to each category and determine a shortlist. We normally try to shortlist five entries for each category. Each entry will then be scored and Gold and Silver winners will be chosen for each category.


The shortlist of finalists will be announced in October 2017.

How do you select your judges?

The judging panel is made up of leading industry professionals. Each judge is invited to join the panel based upon their expertise within the social work profession and they all kindly give up their time on a voluntary basis.


Representatives from some of our sponsors also sit on our judging panel, however, to avoid any potential conflicts of interest they do not judge the category that they are supporting.


To ensure that entries are also judged by your peers and colleagues, we also invite a select number of winners from the previous year to join our judging panel for a year.