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Finalists announced for Social Work Awards 2014!


The shortlist of finalists for the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2014 has been revealed. In total, 57 social workers and social work teams from across England have been shortlisted across 15 different categories, celebrating the achievements of social work practitioners working in both children’s and adult services.


The winners will be exclusively revealed during an awards ceremony on Friday 28th November, which will take place at the Lancaster London Hotel. Last year, Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Care and Support, described the awards as the “highlight of the social care calendar”.


Speaking of the 2014 awards, James Rook Managing Director of headline sponsors Sanctuary Social Care and Trustee of the Social Work Awards Ltd (the registered charity behind the annual event) said: “All the judges have commented on how heart-warming it has been to read about the fantastic work and achievements of social workers up and down the country, and I know some of the entries even had the judges in tears.


“All of the individual practitioners and social work teams who have made the final shortlist for this year’s awards can be very proud of themselves – the competition has been stronger this year than ever before and the standard of entries has been incredibly high. We’re really looking forward to welcoming each of the finalists to the awards ceremony in November and celebrating the contributions they have made to the entire social work profession.”


The Social Work Awards Ltd. is also delighted to announce two new category sponsors for this year; iMPOWER, who is sponsoring the award for Team of the Year – Children’s Services, and the NSPCC, who is supporting the Children’s Social Worker of the Year Award. They have joined existing sponsors Sanctuary Social Care, The College of Social Work, BASW, Core Assets and Christies Care.


Professor Ray Jones, Chair of the Social Work Awards Ltd., added: “We’re hugely grateful to the NSPCC, iMPOWER and all of our others sponsors for supporting the Social Work Awards so passionately this year. Our aim with these awards is to celebrate and highlight the diversity of the profession, promote best practice and improve the understanding of the range of work that social workers undertake, and all of that is made possible thanks to the generosity of our Corporate Partners and sponsors.”


The 2014 Social Worker of the Year Awards shortlist.


Should you wish to find out more about the Social Work Awards 2014, please contact Abbie Smith at abbie.smith@genesispr.co.uk.