One day left to enter the Social Worker of the Year Awards

The Social Worker of the Year Awards are about recognising the excellent, diverse work that takes place in the profession and celebrating the many outstanding achievements of social workers across England.

The children's minister meets 2012 Social Worker of the Year Estelle Thain

There is just one day left for social workers and social work teams to submit their entries for the annual Social Worker of the Year Awards 2013. The closing date for entries has been extended to 5pm on Thursday 12 September.

The Social Worker of the Year Awards are open to social work practitioners throughout England and there are a wide range of categories available to recognise the achievements of individual social workers and social work teams in children’s and adult services.

The awards have gained further credibility in 2013, following the announcement that both the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and The College of Social Work have signed up to become ‘corporate partners’ of the Social Work Awards Ltd (the registered charity responsible for the awards) and will work together to help shape and develop the 2013 ceremony.

Also showing their support for the 2013 award ceremony are chief social workers Lyn Romeo and Isabelle Trowler and Professor Eileen Munro, who have all volunteered their time to join the prestigious panel of judges.  

Speaking ahead of the closing date, awards founder Beverley Williams said: “We are really excited about the 2013 awards ceremony. We’ve already had some fantastic entries submitted and we are keen for as many social workers and social work teams as possible to take the time to enter.”

There are 13 categories available for the Social Worker of the Year Awards, with specific prizes including ‘Best Employer’, ‘Practice Teacher of the Year’ and a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for anyone who has spent over 20 years, working in the profession.

Entry forms for each category can be downloaded from the social work awards website. The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 6 September and the shortlist will be announced in October.

The full list of winners will be announced on the 29 November 2013 at the Lancaster Hotel, London.

The Social Worker of the Year Awards is supported by awards founder social worker Beverley Williams, media partner Community Care, headline sponsor Sanctuary Social Care, The College of Social Work, BASW and Christies Care.

Further sponsors are expected to be announced shortly.

To enter the awards: click on this link, which will take you to the awards’ website.

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