Community Care among winners at BASW social work journalism awards

The winners of the BASW Social Work Journalism Awards 2023
The winners of the BASW Social Work Journalism Awards 2023, with BASW's chief executive, Ruth Allen (centre)

Community Care staff were among those recognised this week at the British Association of Social Workers’ (BASW) inaugural awards for social work journalism.

Sharmeen Ziauddin, assistant careers editor, won the specialist features category for an article exploring the working lives of palliative care social workers.

And editor Mithran Samuel was among two winners of the outstanding contribution to social work journalism award – alongside the BBC’s social affairs editor, Alison Holt – in recognition of his 20 years covering the sector, including 18 at Community Care.

The BASW Social Work Journalism Awards were set up to champion high-quality journalism on the profession, with a view to encouraging more and thereby improving public perceptions of practitioners.

Image of Ruth Allen, the Bristish Association of Social Workers chief executive (credit: BASW)

Ruth Allen, the BASW chief executive (credit: BASW)

BASW chief executive, and judging panel member, Ruth Allen said: “We are delighted to honour these journalists who have demonstrated such an outstanding understanding of social work.

“Being part of the judging panel makes you realise that there really is some great journalism out there and some fantastic journalists reporting on our sector.

“They deserve our recognition because we know social work is not an easy sector to report on. We hope other journalists will follow their lead – and we very much look forward to recognising more great journalists the future.”

Social work journalism award winners

Commenting on her award, Sharmeen said: “It was really unexpected, but I feel very proud to have won this award. I wrote about palliative care social work as part of a series of features about social work in unusual settings, as I felt little is known about some of the more specialist work that goes on in the sector.

“The social workers I spoke to gave me a completely different perspective on end-of-life care. They also gave me a wonderful insight into the huge breadth of work social workers do.”

Following this week’s ceremony in Birmingham, Mithran said: “Many congratulations to all the winners and shortlisted nominees for their excellent work highlighting the complexities, challenges and successes that constitute social work. It’s an honour to be recognised alongside these talented journalists and by BASW.

“The awards are an excellent initiative and I have no doubt they will go from strength to strength and promote much more high-quality journalism about social work in the future.”


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