Entries for the 2018 Social Worker of the Year Awards are currently open and will close on Friday 20th July. The shortlist will be announced in October.

Hampshire County Council

Category Supporter: Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice

Tel: 0300 555 1386 

Web: www.hants.gov.uk


Social work plays an important role in our society. It can be a rewarding profession, helping to repair relationships and look after vulnerable people. It can also be a difficult and demanding job. That’s why Hampshire County Council is delighted to sponsor these awards to highlight some of the fantastic work undertaken by social workers.


We are particularly pleased to sponsor the Mental Health Social Worker of the Year Award for the third year running. Too long a hidden illness, good mental health is now being recognised as equally important as good physical health, and with one in four people in the UK experiencing a mental health problem each year, the value placed on those working in this field grows.


As society changes and our population ages, the demand for adult social care is set to increase even further.  In Hampshire we receive 140,000 contacts for information, advice and support a year from the community. Managing this demand is a challenge, but we are in a strong position to meet it. Hampshire County Council has a hard earned reputation for real commitment to social care, for innovation and for working in positive ways with stakeholders. We are committed to excellence, and to recognising the vital contribution adult social care practitioners make to society so that those who need it are valued, supported with compassion, and  helped to live as independent a life as possible.


We hope these awards will continue to inspire and encourage new entrants to join our profession and support colleagues already working in this vital area  to excel even further than they already do.