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Finalists announced for Social Worker of the Year Awards 2016



10/3/2016

The shortlist of finalists for the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2016 has been announced. 78 social workers and social work teams from across England have been selected as finalists 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 2016’.

 

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: “The Social Worker of the Year awards are going from strength to strength and we’ve received an overwhelming number of excellent entries. We’re particularly delighted to see a number of new organisations from across the country supporting the awards and nominating their inspirational social workers and social work teams.

 

“All of the finalists for this year’s awards should be extremely proud – the competition is very strong and the standard of entries has been incredibly high. We’re looking forward to welcoming our finalists to the awards ceremony in November to celebrate their outstanding achievements in 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, Barnardo’s, Local Government Association, Essex County Council in partnership with Servelec Corelogic, Calderdale Council, Gloucestershire County Council, The Open University, Kent County Council, Hampshire County Council, UNISON and Devon County Council.

 

Professor Ray Jones, Chair of the Social Work Awards charity which organises the awards, added: “We’re incredibly grateful to all of our sponsors for supporting the Social Worker of the Year Awards. Our aim is to celebrate the outstanding achievements of individual practitioners and teams up and down the country and to celebrate a wonderful profession which is often misunderstood. All of this 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 2016 is as follows:

 

Principal Social Worker of the Year

(Sponsored by Devon County Council)

Tom Stibbs, Brighton and Hove City Council

Clive Diaz, Gloucestershire County Council

Mandy Nightingale, Essex County Council

 

Mental Health Social Worker of the Year

(Sponsored by Hampshire County Council)

Kate Elsdon, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Joy Rickard, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Dee Belford, Birmingham City Council

 

Student Social Worker of the Year

(Sponsored by Calderdale Council)

Annabelle Stock, University of Birmingham

Odi Oquosa, University of Sussex

Nicola Ascott, Warwick University

 

Practice Educator of the Year

(Sponsored by The Open University)

Alison Barnes, Oxleas NHS

Daniel Hope, Cafcass

Louise Purser, Central Bedfordshire Council

Jayne Hulbert, The Sweet Project

Joanna Armstrong, Devon County Council

Ann Munroe, Luton Borough Council

 

Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice

(Sponsored by Essex County Council in partnership with Servelec Corelogic)

Diane Hunter, NSPCC

Peer to Peer Support Team, Adoption UK

Yasmin Ishaq, Kent County Council

Preparing for Adulthood Team, Birmingham City Council

Strengths-Based Practice Team, London Borough of Barnet

Multi Agency Screening Team, North Yorkshire County Council

 

Best Social Work Employer

(Sponsored by Sanctuary Social Care)

Achieving for Children

Leeds City Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Cafcass

Foster Care UK

Essex County Council, Family Operations

 

Team Leader of the Year, Children’s Services

(Sponsored by Kent County Council)

Michelle Evans, Cafcass

Karen Green, Worcestershire Children's Services

Bianka Lang, Essex County Council

Jean Beynon, Devon County Council

Juanita Scallon, Devon County Council

 

Team Leader of the Year, Adult Services

Shirley Semple, Essex County Council

Kirsty McLeod, Calderdale Council

Brian Stocks, Rochdale Council

Natalie McFall, Birmingham City Council

Lisa McCluskey, Northumberland Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

 

Team of the Year, Children’s Services

(Sponsored by Gloucestershire County Council)

Horizon, Coventry City Council

Adoption Team, Peterborough City Council

Children in Need Team, Winsford and Northwich, Cheshire West and Chester Council

Fostering Recruitment and Assessment Team, Essex County Council

East/North East Looked After Children Team, Leeds City Council

Multi Agency Screening Team, North Yorkshire County Council

Kingston Leaving Care / UASC Team, Achieving for Children

 

Team of the Year, Adult Services

(Sponsored by UNISON)

Warwickshire Employment Support Team, Warwickshire County Council

Derbyshire Deaf Team, Derbyshire County Council

Barnstaple Community Health and Social Care Team, Devon County Council

OP Tending Team 1, Essex County Council

Daytime AMHP Team, Devon County Council

 

Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year

(Sponsored by BASW)

Connie Hazell, Essex County Council

Joanne Sailsman, Wolverhampton City Council

Sarah Kelley, Stockport Council

Jakki Cahill, Brighton and Hove City Council

Benn Vaughan, Cumbria County Council

Francesca Rye, Norfolk County Council

Nicholas Jeffreys, Coventry City Council

 

Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year

Ann-Maria Mitchell, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Liz Dickson, Islington Council

Jamie McEwan, Birmingham City Council

Mark Pilkington, Devon County Council

Jennifer Charlton, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

 

Children’s Social Worker of the Year

(Sponsored by Barnardo’s)

Maureen Skidmore, Cafcass

Jason Barnes, West Sussex County Council

Aimee Weston, Essex County Council

Danielle Martin, Essex County Council

Jonny Hoyle, North Yorkshire County Council

Emily Tiplady-Ead, Suffolk County Council

Rebecca Habberley, Warwickshire County Council

Jenny Harris, Devon County Council

 

Adult Social Worker of the Year

George Mark-Bell, Rochdale Council

Maria Kneller, Devon County Council

Heather Kent, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Nila Murday, Hampshire County Council

Joanne Finnegan, Birmingham City Council

Keron Ford, Birmingham City Council

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

(Sponsored by BASW)

Louise Purser, Central Bedfordshire Council

Julie Hughes, London Borough of Barnet

Suzy Croft, St John's Hospice

 

For more information see: www.socialworkawards.com.