Inspiring Social Workers Honoured At Glittering Awards Ceremony
Sixteen inspiring social workers have been described as “ambassadors for the profession” after they took home the top prizes at the national Social Worker of the Year Awards.
Gold Awards were presented for a variety of categories across both children’s and adult services, including prizes for Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Contribution to Social Work and the ‘Overall’ Social Worker of the Year. The prestigious ceremony took place on Friday 28th November at the Lancaster Hotel in central London.
Almost 350 practitioners and high profile figures from the profession attended the event, which also featured an exclusive video message from Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Care and Support, and an address from Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for Children & Families.
Zahraa Adam from Essex County Council was named ‘Overall Social Worker of the Year’ for her creativity, passion and commitment to her clients. The Overall Social Worker of the Year Award is sponsored by headline sponsors Sanctuary Social Care. The winner is selected from the gold winners of each category by the Board of Trustees of the Social Work Awards Ltd. (the registered charity behind the annual event).
Earlier in the evening, Zahraa was named Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year, an award sponsored by Core Assets, and was described as “inspirational” and a “star of the future”.
James Rook, Managing Director of Sanctuary Social Care and Trustee of the Social Work Awards Ltd., said: “It was a fantastic evening and we celebrated the successes of some very worthy winners. Each of them is an ambassador for the profession and seeing their excitement as they were announced as the gold or silver award winner was priceless. Being recognised on a national scale means such lot not only to the winners, but to the colleagues, teams and clients they work with every day.
“Huge congratulations also go to each and every one of our finalists – there were 57 in total and to get to the finals of these awards is an outstanding achievement. They can very rightly be incredibly proud of everything they have achieved in their career.”
The 2014 Gold Award winners are as follows:
- Children’s Social Worker of the Year - Angela Adams, Cafcass
- Adult Social Worker of the Year - Joanne Lowe, Birmingham City Council
- Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year - Zahraa Adam, Essex County Council
- Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year - Jamie Stone, Hertfordshire County Council
- Practice Teacher of the Year - Dave Thomas, Central Bedfordshire Council
- Student Social Worker of the Year - Lindsey Wanless, University of Nottingham
- Principal Social Worker of the Year - Margaret Barrett, Gateshead Council
- Mental Health Social Worker of the Year - Wendy Whitaker, South London & Maudsley NHS
- Team of the Year, Children’s Services - Achieving for Children Referral and Assessment Team,London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
- Team of the Year, Adult Services - Calderdale End of Life Social Work Team, Calderdale Council
- Team Leader of the Year, Children’s Services - Heidi Crampton, Cafcass
- Team Leader of the Year, Adult Services - Julia Parfitt, Birmingham City Council
- Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice - Family Support Group Team, SSAFA
- Best Social Work Employer of the Year - Children’s Social Care Team, North Yorkshire County Council
- Lifetime Achievement Award - Maureen Carson, Retired Social Worker
- Outstanding Contribution to Social Work - Faye Wilson
- Overall Social Worker of the Year - Zahraa Adam, Essex County Council
Each of the Gold Award winners will now be invited to attend an exclusive Parliamentary Reception which will be held at the Palace of Westminster in February. The reception will be their opportunity to celebrate their achievements with representatives from the Department of Health and Department for Education.
During the awards ceremony silver awards were also given out to the runners up of each category and every finalist was presented with their own certificate in recognition of their achievements.
The Social Worker of the Year Awards were founded in 2006 by independent practitioner, Beverley Williams, with the aim of improving the understanding and reputation of the profession. The awards continue to go from strength to strength and this year three new categories were introduced; Student Social Worker of the Year, Mental Health Social Worker of the Year and Principal Social Worker of the Year.
This year the awards have been supported by headline sponsors Sanctuary Social Care; Corporate Partners, The College of Social Work and the British Association of Social Workers; and category sponsors Christies Care, NSPCC, Core Assets and iMPOWER. Should you wish to find out more about the Social Work Awards 2014, please contact Abbie Smith at email@example.com.