Entries for the 2017 Social Worker of the Year Awards are open! Visit our website for more information & to download entry forms #SWA17

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 2016 were: 

 

Allison Coleman, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Salford University

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

 

Andrew Ellery, AE Social Care & Education Ltd

  • Best Social Work Employer
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Andrew Williamson CBE

  • Team of the Year, Adult Services
  • Team of the Year, Children’s Services

 

Anne Longfield OBE, Children’s Commissioner for England

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

 

Annie Hudson, Interim Strategic Director Children’s Services, Lambeth Council 

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

 

Anthony Douglas CBE, Cafcass

  • Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice
  • Principal Social Worker of the Year

 

Brendan Clifford, capacity4care

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

 

Carol Long, Young Epilepsy

  • Best Social Work Employer
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Dez Holmes, Research in Practice

  • Practice Educator of the Year
  • Team Leader of the Year, Adult Services

 

Emma Blakemore, Skylakes Social Work

  • Team Leader of the Year, Children's Services 

 

Emma Lewell-Buck MP, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Work

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

 

Gavin Moorghen, British Association of Social Workers

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

 

Helen Pye, Overall Social Worker of the Year 2015

  • Mental Health Social Worker of the Year
  • Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice

 

Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for Children & Families

  • Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice
  • Best Social Work Employer

 

Jane Lindsay, Kingston University and St George's University of London

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

 

Jenny Molloy, British Association of Social Workers

  • Mental Health Social Worker of the Year

 

Jill Manthorpe, Social Care Workforce Research Unit

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

 

Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults

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

 

Maris Stratulis, British Association of Social Workers

  • Children’s Social Worker of the Year
  • Practice Educator of the Year

 

Mark Harvey, Hertfordshire County Council

  • Principal Social Worker of the Year
  • Adult Social Worker of the Year

 

Maureen Roscoe-Goulson, Team Leader of the Year, Children’s Services 2015

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

 

Maxine Fletcher, Oxford Brookes University

  • Student Social Worker of the Year

 

Dr Michael Mellors, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

  • Principal Social Worker of the Year
  • Adult Social Worker of the Year

 

Nick Berbiers, Independent Social Work Professional

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

 

Parmjit Chahal, London Borough of Harrow

  • Best Social Work Employer

 

Paul Ringer, Spurgeons

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

 

Rob Mitchell, Principal Social Worker of the Year 2015

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

 

Ruth Allen, British Association of Social Workers

  • Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice
  • Best Social Work Employer

 

Ruth Smith, Community Care

  • Team Leader of the Year, Adult Services

 

Sarah Read-O’Toole, Skylakes Social Work

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

 

Sherry Malik, NSPCC

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

 

Stephanie Mills, Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year 2015

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

 

Tonia Dubidat, Student Social Worker of the Year 2015

  • Newly-Qualified Children's Social Worker of the Year
  • Newly-Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year

 

Val Floy, The Children’s Society

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

 

Zoe Betts, iamsocialwork

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