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Judges give top tips for entering the Social Work Awards


With just four weeks left to enter this year’s Social Worker of the Year Awards, the event’s panel of independent judges are offering a selection of top tips to help people complete their nomination forms.


The awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of individual social workers, teams and organisations. The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Friday 5th September.


This year’s judging panel includes the Chief Social Workers, Lyn Romeo and Isabelle Trowler, the Chief Executive of The College of Social Work, Annie Hudson, and BASW England Manager, Maris Stratulis. Other names joining them are Dr Maggie Atkinson (Children’s Commissioner for England), Anthony Douglas CBE (Cafcass) and Andrew Williamson CBE.


The number and standard of entries to the 2013 Social Work Awards was incredibly high and the judges are advising that the way in which nominees complete their entry forms can make all the difference. Here are their top tips for entering the awards this year:

  • Submissions must offer clear evidence of impact
  • Include a range of evidence and feedback from service users, colleagues and partners from other professional agencies
  • Include outcomes and quantitative data alongside qualitative feedback
  • Show what makes you/your team stand out – evidence creativity, innovation and how you do things differently to good effect
  • Bring out the personality of the nominee
  • Include feedback from a supervisor about the quality of the nominee and their work
  • In management categories, give examples of the nominee’s approach to supervision and their mentoring of newly qualified staff
  • Start off with a short introduction to the nominee and their line of work
  • Explain why they are being nominated
  • Include two or three examples of excellent best practice, including evidence and outcomes
  • Remember to explain the unique contribution the nominee has made to their service users, their colleagues, team and organisation and the profession as a whole
  • Write concisely and accessibly, be clear and analytical


James Rook is the Managing Director of the awards’ headline sponsor Sanctuary Social Care and is also a Trustee of Social Work Awards Ltd – the registered charity behind the annual event. He said: “The standard of entries we’ve had so far this year have been extremely high and we would encourage anyone who is planning on entering the awards to take advantage of the advice from the judges. 


“With only four weeks left until nominations close, we are urging social workers and social work teams to take the time to enter. The awards are the perfect way to celebrate the success of practitioners and this year’s ceremony promises to be bigger and better than ever before.”


The Social Worker of the Year Awards are open to social work practitioners throughout England. There are 17 different categories across both children’s and adult services, including Social Worker of the Year, Team of the Year and three new categories for 2014: Mental Health Social Worker, Principal Social Worker and Student Social Worker of the Year. Should you wish to find out more about the Social Work Awards 2014, please contact Abbie Smith at abbie.smith@genesispr.co.uk.