Entries for the 2017 Social Worker of the Year Awards are now closed. Judging will take place in September and the shortlist will be announced on Monday 2nd October. #SWA17

Rules of entry

The Social Worker of the Year Awards are open to qualified social workers currently working in England.

 

Nominees must be fully qualified and registered with the HCPC.

 

Nominees must be working a minimum of 816 hours per year direct with children or adults (this will be a minimum 17 hours per week, 48 weeks per year).

 

Please complete your entry using the application form only. A separate form must be completed for each entry submitted.

 

Nominees may enter themselves into individual categories or they may be nominated by a third party who must include their contact details.

 

All entries must be accompanied by a high resolution photograph and a company/employer logo for use in awards night marketing material if selected as a finalist.

 

Completed entries must be submitted via email to entries@socialworkawards.com.

 

Please mark your email "Social Worker of the Year Awards 2017 + category name".

 

Help and advice

 

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 annabelle.rennie@genesispr.co.uk and we will be pleased to help.

 

Terms and Conditions

 

General information

  • The awards are open to direct employers, organisations and independent practitioners operating in the public, private or voluntary sectors, regardless of service user categories and size of organisation except where the category name indicates otherwise.
  • Submissions will only be accepted for the specified categories.
  • Nomination entry is free of charge.
  • Nominees must be prepared to accept their award in person during the awards presentation (or identify a representative to attend on their behalf) and be willing for their names and images to be used for publicity purposes.
  • All submitted entries will remain confidential and the property of Social Work Awards Ltd. Names and contact details will not be shared with third parties due to data protection.
  • Upon submission of entry, nominees agree that Social Work Awards Ltd may use information provided in the entry form for press purposes and published case studies. No confidential information will be shared or disclosed.
  • The promoters are Social Work Awards Ltd and individual awards are sponsored by organisations and companies associated with the social work sector.
  • No purchase or contractual relationship with the promoter is necessary for eligibility to nominate or be nominated.
  • Social Work Awards Ltd and the independent judging panel reserve the right to make decisions relating to any changes at any time through the Social Work Awards process.
  • The latest version of these Terms & Conditions can be found on the Social Work Awards website..

 

Awards Night presentation

  • The gala event will be held in London on Friday 24th November. All attendees, including finalists, must purchase a ticket to the event.
  • The awards will consist of a celebratory award and certificate. Finalists will receive a certificate and may describe themselves as such for the category in their corporate literature. They may not claim that their products or services are endorsed by Social Work Awards Ltd.

 

Nomination process

  • All entrants must be registered with the HCPC* and working a minimum of 816 hours per year direct with either adults or children (this will be a minimum 17 hours per week, 48 week per year). *HCPC registration is not mandatory for ‘Practice Teacher’ or Lifetime Achievement’ categories. For team entries, registration must be for the lead entrant.
  • Nominees may enter themselves into individual categories or they may be nominated by a third party who must include their contact details.
  • Nominations will only be accepted on the official nomination form.
  • A separate nomination form must be completed for each category entered.
  • The nomination form must be endorsed by a member of senior management to indicate acceptance of these rules.
  • Incomplete applications may be excluded from the final selection process.
  • Category sponsors may not make a nomination into the category of which they are the sponsor

 

Judging process

  • For each individual category, a panel of independent judges will determine the final shortlist. Each panel will consist of a minimum four judges across a variety of organisations (public, private and third sector). A full list of judges and their relevant categories can be found on the Social Work Awards website.
  • All judges are required to declare any conflicts of interest and will refrain from judging any entrants deemed to have a conflict. Should any conflicts arise, the judge shall remove themselves from the room during the judging process of that specific entrant.
  • Assessment process: The finalists will be selected by independent judges using the outlined criteria. All judges will provide a score for each entry; chosen finalists will be those with the highest scores received from the panel.
  • The judges’ decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • No liability arising from nominating or being nominated for the Social Work Awards shall pertain to the promoters.
  • The judging panel reserves the right to disqualify any entry which they consider, in their sole discretion, to be in breach of the Awards criteria.
  • Any nominee subject to complaints, investigations or disciplinary action (past or present) (by employer or the HCPC) shall be declared upon application to the awards. This will not necessarily mean disqualification, but will be taken on an individual case and is at the discretion of Social Work Awards Ltd and the partners.
  • A nominator, whose nominee becomes subject to complaints, investigations or disciplinary action (by employer or the HCPC) following a nomination submission and leading up to the awards ceremony, will notify Social Work Awards Ltd immediately.

 

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 annabelle.rennie@genesispr.co.uk and we will be pleased to help.