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Social Workers Praised at House of Commons Reception


Seventeen social workers from across England, who all won top prizes at the Social Worker of the Year Awards, have been praised for their passion and dedication at an exclusive Parliamentary Reception which was held in the House of Commons yesterday.


The practitioners, who all won prizes at the Social Worker of the Year Awards back in November, were congratulated by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children & Families, Edward Timpson MP, and the Chief Social Worker for Adults, Lyn Romeo.


As well as meeting the winners from the 2014 ceremony, the Minister and Chief Social Worker helped to officially launch the awards for 2015 and commended the social work profession.


Speaking at the event, Mr Timpson said: "Talking to those who have been rewarded and awarded for their efforts, it’s clear they believe in the mission they have been sent on and have seen the difference that it can make to families’ lives. Social workers perform one of the most important roles in our society and these awards play a really key part as they gain momentum year on year to remind everybody of that fact.”


Meanwhile, Lyn Romeo added: "It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate social work in the House of Commons. As a profession, we are quite humble and don’t like to shout about the good work that we do. However, we must take credit for our achievements – it’s important for ourselves, the people that we work with and the profession as a whole.”


This year’s awards will open for entries on Friday 30th March and the closing date for nominations is Friday 24th 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 2015. 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 in March.”


The supporters of the 2015 Social Worker of the Year Awards were also announced at the event. They include headline sponsors, Sanctuary Social Care; Corporate Partners, The College of Social Work and BASW; and category supporters, Core Assets, iMPOWER, Essex Cares, Unison and the Local Government Association.


The awards were founded in 2006 by independent practitioner, Beverley Williams, 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. For all media enquiries, please contact Abbie Smith at abbie.smith@genesispr.co.uk.