BASW seeks to champion ‘amazing social workers’

Association seeks nominations for outstanding contributions to the profession in areas including practice, education, leadership, diversity and innovation

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The British Association of Social Workers is on the look out for ‘amazing social workers’ in its annual awards scheme of that name.

BASW is urging practitioners to nominate colleagues for outstanding contributions to the profession in any capacity, including areas such as practice, education, diversity, policy leadership and innovation.

It is seeking nominations for students, newly qualified social workers, more experienced practitioners, team managers, social work leaders, practice educators and teams, though nominees can be selected outside of these categories.

“All nominations will be judged based on their outstanding contribution to the profession, or within your team,” said BASW. “In particular, we are looking for examples of excellent work in supporting people and nominations that demonstrate outstanding ethical practice in line with BASW’s code of ethics.

Nominations, of up to 400 words, must be submitted online by the deadline of 31 January 2024, and the winners will be showcased on the association’s website through Social Work Month, in March.

Meanwhile, Frontline – the charity behind the fast-track training scheme for child protection social workers – has launched its annual awards, which are focused on statutory children’s social work in England. Nominations for these close on 23 February 2024.


6 Responses to BASW seeks to champion ‘amazing social workers’

  1. Deluxe Gibraltar January 12, 2024 at 10:34 am #

    Lots of outstanding black social workers are referred to Registration body unnecessarily due to professional jealousy.As well every social worker work

    s very hard and to choose a few undermines significant others.

    • Bernadette Akpan January 12, 2024 at 11:05 am #

      There is no career progression for black social workers .I retired in 2021 after 14 yrs after qualifying but had worked in the authority for 24 years ,but white colleagues asye friends with managers made deputies.

      • Anne-Marie January 19, 2024 at 4:39 pm #

        This is my experience as well but it doesn’t matter if one is black, white or sky blue pink with yellow dots, only that one is either in the in group who are also normally brown noses.

        If one actually advocates for service users, one gets seen as a pain in the derrière and gets passed over for career progression.

        This may not be true everywhere but I have worked in lots of teams and have observed this unfair behaviour but it hasn’t been based on the colour of the person’s skin.

  2. Peggy Lee January 12, 2024 at 6:19 pm #

    To be honest, it’s a hard yawn from me BASW.

  3. Frasierfanclib1 January 12, 2024 at 10:37 pm #

    What’s needed is a national commendation scheme, so that all social worker who do outstanding work are recognised, rather than competing against each other.

    • Anne-Marie January 19, 2024 at 4:41 pm #

      Absolutely agree ?