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

The Judges

Judging for the Social Worker of the Year Awards will take place during September 2017 and we have assembled a glittering panel of judges to decide on this year’s finalists and winners. 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.

The shortlist of finalists will be announced in October 2017.

To hear more about the Social Worker of the Year Awards from some of our judges, please watch the video below:

 

 

 

The confirmed judges and their categories for 2017 are: 

 

Andrew Ellery, AE Social Care & Education Ltd

  • Best Social Work Employer
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Andrew Williamson CBE, Exeter Primary Care

  • Best Social Work Employer
  • Team of the Year, Children’s Services

 

Annie Hudson, Director of Children’s Services, Lambeth

  • Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year

 

Anthony Douglas CBE, Cafcass

  • Best Social Work Employer

Bianka Lang, Overall Social Worker of the Year Award Winner 2016

  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Championing Social Work Values

 

Brendan Clifford, capacity4care

  • Championing Social Work Values
  • Mental Health Social Worker of the Year

 

Carol Long, Young Epilepsy

  • Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice
  • Team Leader of the Year, Children’s Services

 

Cath Gormally, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

  • Championing Social Work Values
  • Team Leader of the Year, Adult Services

 

Daniel Hope, Practice Educator of the Year Award Winner 2016

  • Practice Educator of the Year
  • Student Social Worker of the Year

 

Dean Marsh, Suffolk County Council

  • Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year
  • Team Leader of the Year, Children’s Services

 

Dez Holmes, Research in Practice

  • Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice
  • Raising the Profile of Social Work

 

Elizabeth Njenga,BASW

  • Best Social Work Employer
  • Championing Social Work Values

 

Emily Tiplady-Ead, Children’s Social Worker of the Year Award Winner 2016

  • Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year
  • Children’s Social Worker of the Year

 

Emma Lewell-Buck MP, Shadow Minister for Children & Families

  • Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice
  • Lifetime Achievement

 

Gerry Nosowska, BASW

  • Team Leader of the Year, Adult Services
  • Mental Health Social Worker of the Year

 

Heather Kent, Adult Social Worker of the Year Award Winner 2016

  • Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year
  • Mental Health Social Worker of the Year

 

Helen Scholar, Social Work Education: The International Journal

  • Student Social Worker of the Year

 

Professor Hugh McLaughlin, Social Work Education: The International Journal

  • Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice
  • Raising the Profile of Social Work

 

Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for Children & Families

  • Children’s Social Worker of the Year
  • Team Leader of the Year, Children’s Services

 

Jamie McEwan, Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year 2016

  • Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year
  • Student Social Worker of the Year

 

Jane Lindsay, Kingston University & St George’s University of London

  • Practice Educator of the Year
  • Student Social Worker of the Year

 

Jenny Molloy, BASW

  • Mental Health Social Worker of the Year

 

Jill Manthorpe, Social Care Workforce Research Unit

  • Adult Social Worker of the Year
  • Team of the Year, Adult Services

 

Judy Cooper, Community Care

  • Lifetime Achievement

 

June Thoburn, Outstanding Contribution to Social Work Award Winner 2016

  • Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year
  • Children’s Social Worker of the Year

 

Liz Hewitt, Skylakes Social Work

  • Team of the Year, Children’s Services

 

Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults

  • Adult Social Worker of the Year
  • Team Leader of the Year, Adult Services

 

Mandy Barker, Hertfordshire County Council

  • Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice
  • Raising the Profile of Social Work

 

Mandy Nightingale, Principal Social Worker of the Year Award Winner 2016

  • Lifetime Achievement 

 

Margaret Willcox, ADASS President

  • Team Leader of the Year, Adult Services

 

Marion Russell, Cornwall Council

  • Championing Social Work Values
  • Team of the Year, Children’s Services

 

Maris Stratulis, BASW

  • Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year
  • Raising the Profile of Social Work

 

Mark Harvey, Hertfordshire County Council

  • Adult Social Worker of the Year
  • Team Leader of the Year, Adult Services

 

Maxine Fletcher, Oxford Brookes University

  • Practice Educator of the Year
  • Championing Social Work Values

 

Parmjit Chahal, London Borough of Harrow

  • Best Social Work Employer
  • Team of the Year, Children’s Services

 

Paul Ringer, Spurgeons

  • Children’s Social Worker of the Year
  • Team Leader of the Year, Children’s Services

 

Richard Ashdown, London Borough of Redbridge

  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Team of the Year, Children’s Services

 

Rob Mitchell, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

  • Raising the Profile of Social Work
  • Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year

 

Ruth Smith, Community Care

  • Team of the Year, Adult Services

 

Ruth Hardy, Community Care

  • Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year

 

Sarah Read-O’Toole, Skylakes Social Work

  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Championing Social Work Values

 

Sharon Martin, National IRO Managers Partnership

  • Championing Social Work Values
  • Team of the Year, Children’s Services

 

Sherry Malik, NSPCC

  • Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice
  • Raising the Profile of Social Work 

 

Simon Williams, Local Government Association

  • Adult Social Worker of the Year
  • Team Leader of the Year, Adult Services

 

Zoe Betts, iamsocialwork

  • Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year
  • Student Social Worker of the Year