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 this year's awards will open in April 2018.

What the judges are looking for

When selecting the final shortlist of entries, our judging panel is looking for the person (or teams) who are a fantastic example of great social workers; somebody who can become a role model for the profession and really champion excellent social work practice.


As the Social Worker of the Year Awards continue to grow, the level of competition is increasing and our judges have developed the following top tips to help nominees complete their entry forms.


Following these top tips can make all the difference:

  • Start off with a short introduction to the nominee and their line of work
  • Explain why they are being nominated
  • Include two or three examples of excellent best practice, including evidence and outcomes
  • Remember to explain the unique contribution the nominee has made to their service users, their colleagues, team and organisation and the profession as a whole
  • Write concisely and accessibly, be clear and analytical
  • Submissions must offer clear evidence of impact
  • Include a range of evidence and feedback from service users, colleagues and partners from other professional agencies
  • Include outcomes and quantitative data alongside qualitative feedback
  • Show evidence of creativity and innovation
  • Bring out the personality of the nominee
  • Include feedback from a supervisor about the quality of the nominee and their work
  • In management categories, give examples of the nominee’s approach to supervision and their mentoring of newly qualified staff