Social work practitioners throughout England are being encouraged to gain recognition for their achievements by entering the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2012.
There are 13 different categories available for individual social workers, teams and departments in children’s and adult services. 2012 includes new categories to celebrate the work of Newly Qualified Social Workers (both children and adults) and social work teams working with charities.
James Rook, managing director of headline sponsors and organisers Sanctuary Personnel, said: “Last year’s awards received a record number of entries but we are aiming to make this year’s celebrations bigger than ever. We’ve listened to feedback and incorporated new categories to honour newly qualified social workers and we will also be presenting a special award to a person who we feel has made an outstanding contribution to the social care sector.”
Entries will be judged by a high profile panel of influential figures including Andrew Williamson (NHS Cornwall & Isles of Scilly), John Goldup (Ofsted), Dave Hill (Essex County Council) and Jo Cleary (ADASS).
Williamson said: “It was great to be involved in these awards last year and the standard of entry was extremely high. We are looking for nominees who consistently maintain high standards and who can not only inspire others but become a positive role model for the profession.”
Entry forms for each category can be downloaded from the Social Work Awards website. The closing date for entries is Friday 31 August, and the winners will be announced in November.
The Social Work Awards Ltd is a charitable organisation seeking to improve the awareness, understanding and reputation of the social care sector.
Board members of the charity include James Rook (Sanctuary Personnel), Hilton Dawson (BASW), Ruth Smith (Community Care) and awards founder social worker Beverley Williams.
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