Rise in number of entries for Social Worker of the Year awards

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The number of entries to this year’s Social Worker of the Year Awards has reached another record high with a 10% increase across the 13 different categories compared to last year.

In particular the nominations for Adult Social Worker of the Year have jumped by 50% while there have been five times as many entrants for Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year.

Lin Barnes from Christies Care, who are sponsoring the Adult Social Worker of the Year category, said she was ecstatic about the huge increase in entries.

“So often it’s the case that when people hear the words “social worker” they immediately think of children’s services. That’s why these awards are so valuable, because they’re helping people to understand just how diverse the social work sector is and what an important role social workers play in adult care.”

Founder of the awards, Beverly Williams, said she felt the rise in entries showed more practitioners were feeling confident of their successes and taking time to enter the awards.

The entries are currently being judged by the Awards’ team of 38 judges including Professor Eileen Munro and both chief social workers- Lyn Romeo and Isabelle Trowler.

A shortlist of finalists will be announced on 1st October and the awards night will take place on the 29th November at the Lancaster Hotel in London.

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