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 next year's awards will open in March 2018.

Pathway Team, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Team of the Year, Children's Services

 

 

East Riding council’s Pathway Team has put the needs of young people leaving the care system at the heart of what it does, and this is reflected in an impressive range of outcomes.

 

The team has ensured that 95% of young people are in suitable accommodation, and has well-established Staying Put arrangements, with 75% of care leavers remaining with their foster carers until they are 18, and 15% staying with carers when they become young adults.

 

Staff have also developed a strong partnership with local colleges, training providers, and the Jobcentre plus, which has seen 71% of care leavers go on to further education or employment. In some cases, young people who left school with no qualifications have been supported into a situation where they are thriving at a university or on an apprenticeship.

 

The service was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in December 2016, and the team credits its success to “getting the basics right and really understanding what works”. The judges said it was “lovely to see such a shining example”, and were impressed with the endorsements from young people the team has supported, who described staff as “loyal, dedicated, hardworking, and always there when needed”. 

 

     

What was said about the Pathway Team:

 

“This entry showed a really strong focus on driving the pathway and the team were clear on the outcomes they wanted to achieve. It is lovely to see such a shining example.” Sharon Martin, Chair, National IRO Managers Partnership

 

“Excellent results in terms of the team’s work with young people. It was very evident they are enabling young people to move on from the care system.” Richard Ashdown, London Borough of Redbridge

 

“The Local Authority is immensely proud of this team and their successful outcomes for our young people. We have every confidence in the team’s approach to relationship building, their fantastic ‘stick ability’ and genuine desire to ‘look after’ our young people.” Pam Allen, Head of Children & Young Peoples Support & Safeguarding Services

 

“The Pathway Team should win an award because the amount of support that I have received and also other young people have received is invaluable. Their dedication is unquestionable and I honestly would say if it wasn’t for the Pathway Team’s help and support then I wouldn’t be living in my own house with a young family, working full time and classed as a ‘success story’. They supported me to make me who I am today.” Former care leaver

 

Judges: 

  • Marion Russell, Cornwall Council
  • Liz Hewitt, Skylakes
  • Parmjit Chahal, London Borough of Harrow
  • Richard Ashdown, London Borough of Redbridge
  • Sharon Martin, National IRO Managers Partnership

 

Finalists:

  • Adoption Team, Gloucestershire County Council
  • Coastal and North East Ipswich Child in Care, Suffolk County Council - SILVER AWARD WINNER
  • No Recourse to Public Funds, London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Oldham Phoenix Team, Oldham Council
  • Pathway Team, East Riding of Yorkshire Council - GOLD AWARD WINNER
  • The Children in Care Specialist Team, Essex County Council