Social workers and social work teams have an extra five days to put themselves forward for the Social Worker of the Year Awards, which recognise the achievements of individuals and celebrate good practice in the profession. The deadline for nominations has been extended to 10am on Friday 12 September.
The awards are open to social work practitioners across England and include 17 different categories, with three new accolades up for grabs this year: Mental Health Social Worker of the Year, Principal Social Worker of the Year and Student Social Worker of the Year.
Beverley Williams, independent social worker and founder of the awards, said: “We’ve received a significant amount of interest in the awards over the past week and have extended the deadline to give as many social workers as possible the chance to enter this year.”
This year’s entries will be judged by a panel of more than 30 leading industry professionals, including chief social workers Lyn Romeo and Isabelle Trowler, College of Social Work chief executive Annie Hudson and BASW England manager Maris Stratulis.
The Social Worker of the Year Awards are supported by headline sponsor Sanctuary Social Care, corporate partners the College of Social Work and BASW, category sponsors Christies Care and Core Assets, and media partner Community Care.
Williams added: “I founded these awards to celebrate the achievements and successes of social workers, so if you’re part of a team that’s delivering a highly valued service, or if a colleague consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty, I would urge you to take the time this week to make a nomination.”
Entry forms can be downloaded from the Social Work Awards website and nominations must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who have already made a nomination to the awards may use the extended deadline to work on their entry.
The final closing date for submissions is Friday 12 September at 10am. The winners will be announced on 28 November at an awards ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel.