Entries are now open for the 2021 Social Worker of the Year Awards, which returns this year after a Covid-induced break in 2020.
The awards has a slimmed-down list of categories this year – 12, as opposed to 16 to 18 in previous years – with the merger of some awards previously split into children’s and adults’ sections. However, there are two new gongs this year: the social justice advocate award and university of the year.
In 2020, a ‘thank you social workers’ event took place, which focused on individual experiences of working during the Covid-19 pandemic. Peter Hay, chair of the Social Work Awards, said this year’s event hopes to “inspire social workers across England to connect together”.
‘Time to reconnect with each other’
“This year, as we navigate through the turbulence caused by the pandemic, it’s so important for us to take the time to reconnect with each other,” he said.
“As a charity we also feel the time is right to bring back the awards to recognise outstanding social work practice during the pandemic.”
- Children’s social worker
- Adult social worker
- Newly qualified social worker
- Team leader
- Mental health social worker
- Social work employer
- Practice educator
- Social justice advocate
- Outstanding contribution during Covid-19
The closing date for entries is Friday 23 July. The shortlist will be announced in early October and the winners revealed at a virtual ceremony at the end of November.
Sponsors for the awards are being finalised.
For more information about the 2021 Social Worker of the Year Awards, including the criteria for categories and how to enter, visit www.socialworkawards.com.