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PRESS RELEASE: FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR SOCIAL WORKER OF THE YEAR AWARDS #SWA17

Originally published on 2 October 2017 and shared here courtesy of Annabelle Rennie – Account Manager, Genesis PR, Social Work Awards. Read at source: here

The shortlist of finalists for the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2017 has been announced. 

81 social workers and social work teams from across England have been selected as finalists across 16 different categories, celebrating the achievements of practitioners in both children’s and adult services. The winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the ‘Overall Social Worker of the Year 2017’.

The winners will be revealed at a prestigious awards ceremony in London in November, which is the leading celebration of its kind in the sector and recognises the success of the profession’s most innovative and dedicated social workers.

James Rook, Managing Director of the awards’ headline sponsor, Sanctuary Social Care, said: “The Social Worker of the Year awards are continuing to go from strength to strength and we’re delighted that this year we’ve received more entries than ever before. We have also seen an increase in the range and number of organisations supporting the awards and nominating their inspirational social workers and social work teams. 

“The standard of entries and level of competition is very strong, so all shortlisted nominees should be extremely proud.  We look forward to welcoming our finalists and their guests to the awards ceremony in November to celebrate their outstanding achievements in the profession.”

The Social Worker of the Year Awards are supported by headline sponsor Sanctuary Social Care; corporate partner the British Association of Social Workers, and individual category supporters, Barnardo’s, UNISON, iMPOWER, The Open University, OLM Systems and Community Care. The awards are also supported by the local authorities of Calderdale, Bradford, Devon, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Kent and Essex as well as the Tees Valley Local Authority Children’s Services – a partnership between the local authorities of Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Darlington, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.

Peter Hay CBE, Chair of the Social Work Awards charity which organises the awards, added: “We’re incredibly grateful to all of our sponsors for supporting the Social Worker of the Year Awards. All of this is only made possible thanks to the generosity of the organisations that support us. Our aim is to celebrate the outstanding achievements of individual practitioners and teams up and down the country and we’ve been truly humbled by the huge praise coming from people who have benefitted from great social work.”

The full shortlist of finalists for the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2017 is as follows: 

Mental Health Social Worker of the Year

(Sponsored by Hampshire County Council)

Andrew Thomas, London Borough of Croydon

Barbara Cooley, Essex County Council

Billy Melvin, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Gareth Benjamin, Livewell South West

Raising the Profile of Social Work

(Sponsored by Bradford Metropolitan District Council)

Essex Social Care Academy

Louise Walker, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

Sarah Parsons, Cafcass

Seanna Lassetter, Birmingham City Council

Student Social Worker of the Year

(Sponsored by Calderdale Council)

Chelsea Higgins, University of Hull

Joseph Vanlint, Liverpool John Moores University

Louise Watson, Manchester Metropolitan University

Nabeela Talib, Oxford Brookes University

Suzanne Rowe, The Open University

Zoe Stanyard, De Montfort University

Practice Educator of the Year

(Sponsored by The Open University)

Ali Bell, Cornwall Council

Amanda Lewis, Birmingham City Council

Jim Fox, Shropshire Council

Lynn Lock, Achieving for Children

Suzannah Rockett, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice

(Sponsored by OLM Systems)

Family Safeguarding Teams Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire County Council

Linda Nelmes, Cafcass

North Kent Children in Care Team, Kent County Council

Virtual Dementia Tour Training Team, Essex County Council

Best Social Work Employer

(Sponsored by Sanctuary Social Care)

Central Bedfordshire Council – Children’s Services

East Sussex County Council, Children’s Services Department – Early Help and Social Care Service

Essex County Council, Children and Families

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Team Leader of the Year, Children’s Services

(Sponsored by Kent County Council)

Clare Luby, Achieving for Children

Hannah Foxcroft, Ealing Council

Leanne Baines, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Marcos Vicinanza, London Borough of Hillingdon

Sarah Carter, Essex County Council

Sharon Turner, Essex County Council

Team Leader of the Year, Adult Services

(Sponsored by Gloucestershire County Council)

Elizabeth Thorpe, Calderdale Council

Jill Hughes, Worcestershire County Council

Melanie Wilson, Livewell South West

Nicky Skinner, Devon County Council

Team of the Year, Children’s Services

(Sponsored by iMPOWER)

Adoption Team, Gloucestershire County Council

Coastal and North East Ipswich Child in Care Team, Suffolk County Council

No Recourse to Public Funds, London Borough of Waltham Forest

Oldham Phoenix Team, Oldham Council

Pathway Team, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

The Children in Care Specialist Team, Essex County Council

Team of the Year, Adult Services

(Sponsored by UNISON)

AMHP Team, Northumberland County Council

Essex Mental Health Family Group Conferencing Service, Essex Partnership NHS Mental Health Trust

Hospital to Home, Derby City Council

Langdon Forensic Social Work Team, Devon County Council

Sexual Exploitation Hub, Newcastle City Council

West Somerset Community ASC Team, Somerset County Council

Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year

(Sponsored by Tees Valley Local Authority Children’s Services)

Becky Taylor, Essex County Council

Dean Radford, Sheffield City Council

Jack McWaters, Achieving for Children

Jayesh Rushi, Lancashire County Council

Rosemary Smith, Ealing Council

Senita Kaur, Doncaster Children’s Services Trust

Susan Hook, Essex County Council

Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year

(sponsored by BASW)

David Evenden, Hampshire County Council

Gary Spencer-Humphrey, Hampshire County Council

Helen Simpson, Gloucestershire County Council

Lisa Holliday, Thurrock Council

Nicole Jones, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Children’s Social Worker of the Year

(Sponsored by Barnardo’s)

Deion Grant, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Donna Kessler, Hertfordshire County Council

Hannah Tull, Essex County Council

Jackie Dowding, London Borough of Havering

Jason Sedgman, Central Bedfordshire Council

Mark Davies, Cheshire West and Chester Council

Nicola Silk, Rutland County Council

Vanessa Alexander, Ealing Council

Adult Social Worker of the Year

(Sponsored by Devon County Council)

Claire Lillywhite, Hampshire County Council

Isabel Andrews, Leicester City Council

Michelle Bradford, Gloucestershire County Council

Vidhya Biju, Birmingham City Council

Vicki Ingham, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Championing Social Work Values

(Sponsored by Essex County Council in partnership with Servelec Corelogic)

Andrew Deller, Lifecraft

Carolyne Willow, Article 39

Nikki Mahony, Hampshire County Council

Rachel Keetley, Norfolk County Council

Lifetime Achievement Award

(Sponsored by BASW)

Andy Butler, Surrey County Council

Duart Peacock, Hampshire County Council

Mark Trewin, Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Shelagh Butler, Cafcass

Ends

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Note to editors:

  1. The Social Work Awards Ltd is a charitable organisation seeking to improve the awareness, understanding and reputation of the social care sector. The registered charity number is 1144458
  2. The Board of Trustees is made up of: Peter Hay CBE (Chair), James Rook (Managing Director of headline sponsor Sanctuary Social Care), Ruth Smith (Publisher, Community Care), Beverley Williams (Founder), Joanna Nicolas (Child Protection Consultant and Author), Ana Popovici (Deputy Director Children’s Services, London Borough of Hillingdon), Jenni Randall (Independent Social Worker) and Rob Mitchell (Principal Social Worker, Bradford Council)
  3. The awards are open to qualified practitioners throughout England with a range of individual and team categories for those working in both children’s and adult departments.
  4. The sponsors for the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2016 are as follows:
    1. Sanctuary Social Care – Headline Sponsors (Overall Social Worker of the Year, Best Social Work Employer of the Year)
    2. The British Association of Social Workers – Corporate Partner (Lifetime Achievement, Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year)
    3. Devon County Council – Category Supporter (Adult Social Worker of the Year)
    4. Hampshire County Council – Category Sponsor (Mental Health Social Worker of the Year)
    5. Calderdale Council – Category Sponsor (Student Social Worker of the Year)
    6. The Open University – Category Sponsor (Practice Educator of the Year)
    7. OLM Systems – Category Sponsor (Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice)
    8. Kent County Council – Category Sponsor (Team Leader of the Year, Children’s Services)
    9. Gloucestershire County Council – Category Sponsor (Team Leader of the Year, Adult Services)
    10. UNISON – Category Sponsor (Team of the Year, Adult Services)
    11. Barnardo’s – Category Sponsor (Children’s Social Worker of the Year)
    12. Community Care – Category Sponsor (Outstanding Contribution to Social Work)
    13. Bradford Metropolitan District Council – Category Sponsor (Raising the Profile of Social Work)
    14. Essex County Council in partnership with Servelec Corelogic – Category Sponsor (Championing Social Work Values)
    15. iMPOWER – Category sponsor (Team of the Year, Children’s Services)
    16. Tees Valley Local Authority Children’s Services – Category Sponsor (Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year)
  1. For more information about the Social Work Awards, visit www.socialworkawards.com   

Annabelle Rennie
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Genesis PR

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