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Finalists announced for Social Worker of the Year Awards 2015



10/1/2015

The shortlist of finalists for the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2015 has been announced. 68 social workers and social work teams from across England have been shortlisted across 15 different categories, celebrating the achievements of practitioners in both children’s and adult services. The winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the ‘Overall Social Worker of the Year 2015’.

 

The winners will be revealed at a prestigious awards ceremony in London in November, which is the leading celebration of its kind in the sector and recognises the success of the profession’s most innovative and dedicated social workers.

 

James Rook, Managing Director of the awards’ headline sponsor, Sanctuary Social Care, said: “This year has been a record breaking year for the awards and we received more entries than we ever have done before. The standard of entries was incredibly high and all social workers named as finalists should be very proud of their achievements.

 

“It’s been so inspiring to read about each of our finalists and we’re looking forward welcoming them to the awards ceremony in November to celebrate their contribution to the profession.”

 

The Social Worker of the Year Awards are supported by headline sponsor Sanctuary Social Care; corporate partner the British Association of Social Workers; and individual category supporters, UNISON, NSPCC, Core Assets, iMPOWER, Local Government Association, ECL: The Care & Wellbeing Company, Barnardo’s, Kent County Council, Hampshire County Council and Devon County Council. 

 

Professor Ray Jones, Chair of the Social Work Awards Ltd., the charity which organises the awards, added: “We’re so grateful to each of our supporters for getting behind the awards this year. Social workers make such a positive difference to the lives of the people they support on a daily basis and it’s so important we acknowledge and celebrate that. Doing so is only made possible thanks to the generosity of the organisations that support us.”

 

The full shortlist of finalists for the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2015 is as follows:

 

Children’s Social Worker of the Year

 

Supported by Barnardo’s

 

 

Stephen Field, Lincolnshire County Council

Fern Haward, Oxfordshire County Council

Sylvana Keenan, Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Cerrianne Evans, Sheffield City Council

Joy Manley, Cafcass

 

Adult Social Worker of the Year

Catherine Hilt, Rochdale Borough Council

Harprit Rai, Birmingham City Council

Pauline Young, Durham County Council

Patricia Stubbs, Derbyshire County Council

 

Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year

 

Supported by Core Assets

 

Stephanie Mills, Rochdale Borough Council

Nikki Gay, London Borough of Hounslow

Katie Stevens, London Borough of Barnet

Abbie Osborne, Southend Borough Council

Claire Mullarkey, London Borough of Ealing

 

Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year

 

Supported by ECL

 

Aissa Rice, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (in partnership with Northumberland County Council)

Annabelle Austen, Hertfordshire County Council

Kate Moorhouse, Cheshire West & Chester Council

Elizabeth Spencer, Birmingham City Council

 

Practice Educator of the Year

 

Supported by NSPCC

Philippa Shoesmith, Essex County Council

Tracy Caton, Islington Council

Rob Hawley & Lisa Beris, Derby City Council

Emma Haistead, London Borough of Barnet

 

Student Social Worker of the Year

 

Supported by UNISON

Tonia Dubidat, University of Birmingham

Lisa Shaw, Manchester Metropolitan University

Helene Brown, New College Durham

Benn Vaughan, University of Cumbria

 

Principal Social Worker of the Year

 

Supported by Devon County Council

Wendy Hill, West Sussex County Council

Christine Bennett, Sheffield City Council

Rob Mitchell, Calderdale Council

Bernadette Johansen, Calderdale Council

Marion Russell, Cornwall Council

 

Mental Health Social Worker of the Year

 

Supported by Hampshire County Council

Claire Hunter, Kent County Council

Elizabeth Terry, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Shabnam Sharif, Birmingham City Council

Helen Pye, South West Yorkshire NHS Partnership Foundation Trust

 

Team of the Year – Children’s Services

 

Supported by iMPOWER

 

Bloomsbury Private Law Team, Cafcass

Assessment Team 5, Liverpool City Council

Special Guardianship Order Support Team, Essex County Council

Children In Care South 3, Essex County Council

Asylum Intake Team, London Borough of Hillingdon

 

Team of the Year – Adult Services

Adult Safeguarding Team, Bedford Borough Council

Accommodation and Support Team, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Supported Living Team, Derbyshire County Council

Community Offer Team, London Borough of Barnet

Gateway Team, North Tyneside Council

 

Team Leader of the Year – Children’s Services

 

Supported by Kent County Council

 

Adam Hall, Northumberland County Council

Janice Rainey, Northumberland County Council

Maureen Roscoe-Goulson, Suffolk County Council

Tracie Collins, Central Bedfordshire Council

John Platt, Fostering People

Team Leader of the Year – Adult Services

David Minto, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Northumberland County Council

John Dhamrait, Derby City Council

Simon Murray, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Northumberland County Council

Gian Saini, Birmingham City Council

Amanda Jones, Birmingham City Council

 

Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice

 

Supported by BASW

Mid Older Peoples Community Team, Essex County Council

Divisional Based Intervention Team, Essex County Council

No Wrong Door Initiative, North Yorkshire County Council

Hospital Extended Services Team, Birmingham City Council

Adult Social Care Service, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Best Social Work Employer of the Year

 

Supported by Sanctuary Social Care

 

FosterCare UK

Essex County Council, Family Operations

Derbyshire County Council

Cafcass

Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Supported by BASW

Val Thompson, Birmingham City Council

Margaret Bersey, Plymouth City Council

Anju Bhatti, Optalis