House of Commons plays host to award-winning social workers
The achievements of winners from the 2015 Social Worker of the Year Awards have been officially recognised by government Ministers at an exclusive Parliamentary Reception which took place in the House of Commons.
The practitioners, who all won prizes at the Social Worker of the Year Awards back in November, were congratulated by the Minister of State for Community and Social Care, Alistair Burt MP; Robin Walker MP, the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan; and the two Chief Social Workers, Lyn Romeo and Isabelle Trowler.
Speaking at the event, Minister Burt, said: “Social workers play a vital role in improving people's lives. These awards are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and showcase social work at its very best and I congratulate all the winners on their outstanding achievement.”
Meanwhile, Robin Walker MP added: “Every parliamentarian will recognise the way social workers touch the lives of their constituents and we see with these awards that the value of social work is being recognised.”
This year’s awards will open for entries on Tuesday 29th March and the closing date for nominations is Friday 22nd July. In total there are 17 different categories across both children’s and adult services.
James Rook is the Managing Director of Sanctuary Social Care and also a trustee of the Social Work Awards Ltd., the registered charity which runs the awards. He said: “We are very excited to be launching the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2016. Every year the awards are getting bigger and better and they are a great way to make sure your colleagues or team gets the recognition they deserve for the hard work that they do. I would encourage all social work teams up and down the country to make a nomination when entries open.”
The supporters of the 2016 Social Worker of the Year Awards were also announced at the event. They include headline sponsors, Sanctuary Social Care; Corporate Partners, The British Association of Social Workers; and category supporters, Barnardo’s, Local Government Association, ECL: The Care & Wellbeing Company, Hampshire County Council, Kent County Council, Devon County Council and Calderdale Council.
The awards were founded in 2006 by independent practitioner, Beverley Williams MBE, with the aim of improving the understanding and reputation of the profession. She was awarded with an MBE for her efforts in the New Year’s Honours List.
Entry forms will be available to download from Tuesday 29th March.