Social Worker of the Year Award winners revealed

Mental health social worker wins overall award while charity that pulled out of awards over Capita sponsorship wins gong for social work values

James Rook, Ashley John-Baptiste, Zoe Williamson and Peter Hay at the Social Worker of the Year Awards
Photo: Zoe Williamson, who was named overall social worker of the year, with (L-R) James Rook, chief executive of headline sponsor Sanctuary Social Care; Ashley John-Baptiste, care leaver, BBC News reporter and awards host, and Peter Hay CBE, chair, the Social Work Awards

The winners of the 2018 Social Worker of the Year Awards winners have been revealed following a presentation ceremony on Friday (30 November).

Awards were presented to individuals and teams of social workers across children’s and adults’ services, mental health and the charity sector in 17 categories, with each having a gold award winner for the practitioner or team whom the judges were most impressed by.

Zoe Williamson, a mental health social worker from Northumbria NHS Healthcare Foundation Trust/Northumberland County Council, was named overall social worker of the year, and a special outstanding contribution award was presented to Anthony Douglas, outgoing chief of Cafcass.

Social Work Without Borders, which provides support for asylum seekers and refugees from social worker volunteers, won the gold award in the championing social work values category, having withdrawn from the awards over outsourcing firm Capita’s joint sponsorship of the category. In response to its withdrawal, the organisers announced an ‘ethics audit‘ of the awards, including sponsorship, though Capita later withdraw its sponsorship.

Following Friday’s ceremony, Social Work Without Borders declared that it was “as surprised as anyone” to learn it had won the gold award after withdrawing.

The ceremony was hosted by BBC News reporter and care leaver Ashley John-Baptiste.

The gold award winners were:

Children’s Social Worker of the Year Chris Dyas, NSPCC
Adult Social Worker of the Year Jennifer Staude, Westminster City Council / Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year Jessica Raper, East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year Rebecca Payne, Gloucestershire County Council
Practice Educator of the Year Karen Maude, Bradford College
Student Social Worker of the Year Sian Miljkovic, University of Bedfordshire
Making a Difference Wendy Ashton, Eden Valley Hospice
Championing Social Work Values Social Workers Without Borders
Mental Health Social Worker of the Year Zoe Williamson, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Northumberland County Council
Team of the Year, Children’s Services Case Management Team, North Lincolnshire Council
Team of the Year, Adult Services Integrated Community Services Team, Shropshire Council
Team Leader of the Year, Children’s Services Jenny Slee, North Somerset Council / Adoption West
Team Leader of the Year, Adult Services Jane Haywood, Derby City Council
Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice People From Abroad Team. Norfolk County Council
Best Social Work Employer of the Year Essex County Council
Lifetime Achievement Award Peter Smith, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Outstanding Contribution to Social Work Anthony Douglas CBE
Overall Social Worker of the Year Zoe Williamson, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Northumberland County Council

 

3 Responses to Social Worker of the Year Award winners revealed

  1. Calgacus December 4, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

    No winners from Scotland.

    Was this an English only event?

    • Mithran Samuel
      Mithran Samuel December 4, 2018 at 8:57 pm #

      Yes it was England only. I think the Scottish Association of Social Workers continues with its awards but not sure about the arrangements for 2019.
      Cheers
      Mithran

      • Jane Shears December 7, 2018 at 5:28 pm #

        Yes that’s right. Contact the Scottish Association (SASW) via the British Association of Social Work website for more information.

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